Friday, September 10, 2010
Two More Books
So I reserved Shadow Tag when I heard it was published without reading any reviews. And when the library notified me it was ready, I plunged right in.
This book is very different from anything else I've read of hers. There is no funny. Rather, there is a lot of sad, a lot of pain. Reading reviews after finishing it, I learn that it is a fictional account of her relationship with her ex-husband, now deceased.
The book is disturbing. It is suspenseful. I don't know whether I'm glad I read it or not. And I don't know whether to recommend it or not.
Van joins the US Army in 1944, near the end of the war. His skill as a typist (95 words per minute) land him a post on General MacArthur's staff in occupied Japan, out of harm's way. He turns out to be the calm at the center of a storm as his life intertwines with those of his disturbed roommate/black marketer, the General and his difficult wife and engaging young son, and a couple of panpan girls. Jolted by news from his war bride, he sees out his tour of duty and tries to make sense of things around him and things back home.
It's a good book. Not great, but solid, good writing. It would be an excellent selection for a book club. And I'll look to read what other books Michael Knight has written.
Posted by Nancy Near Philadelphia on Friday, September 10, 2010