Thursday, April 21, 2016
After reading "The Final Solution", I plunged ahead into a mega-sized volume,
"The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay". This is a rich, spicy and powerful stew of imaginative imagery. (It reminded me of "Refiner's Fire" by Mark Helprin). A complicated tale of escape from the Nazis, resettlement in New York of the late 1930's, invention of a successful comic book character and lots of interesting history, an delectible love triangle, the most original story of WWII military service I ever encountered. One character evolves through the book as an avowed homosexual man 1950's America; that process seemed eloquently and sympathetically portrayed. There are ghostly mystical happenings; again, the reader feels the enormous monster of the Holocaust chewing up human populations in Europe, while Joe Kavalier attempts to rescue his trapped family and fight Hitler with a comic book. And in the last few pages, an unforgettable image is delivered with skill.
Monday, April 18, 2016
It is too soon for funny stories about Maggie, I guess; but innocent as she looks in this fine photo (pinched from her "mom's" facebook page for this eulogy), Maggie was full of wanderlust; many times, family members were out trying to find the dog, as she followed her nose and chased squirrels through as much of Grays Lake, IL as she could manage.