Thursday, December 4, 2008

It's a book about war.... what did I expect?

Okay, so here it is..... I listen to Imus on my way to work in the morning. Yeah, he's kind of a goober, but I like his guests and find his interviews with the political movers and shakers to be amongst the best around.

Anyway, a couple of years ago he recommended Fly Boys and had the author on his show to discuss the book and how he came to write it. It's a historical account of some fly boys (American air men) shot down in the Pacific during WWII. Among these air men was George H. W. Bush -- regardless of your political affiliation, his personal story is rather noteworthy as he was the youngest naval aviator of his time.

So, I kept meaning to pick up the book.... time went by and I didn't.

Well, I got a Borders gift card for my birthday and decided that I should put it to good use and along with some other books, I picked up Fly Boys.

Let's just say -- this book is fabulously written and a very compelling story -- but I just can't read it anymore. It's too grisly and although I'm drawn to it because of the story of bravery and the historical context..... it's a war book and I'm just not in a place where I have the stomach for it right now. I physically whince when I turn the pages..... the details come to life in such a way that I can't bear to put myself through it anymore.

I will read it -- but right now.... I'm putting it aside for something a little lighter -- Nothing Is Quite Forgotten in Brooklyn.

Join Me?


Arwen said...

I'm in - I will order from Amazon so I won't be able to start until next week. When should we be ready to discuss?

Mrs Big Dubya said...

End of the month? I never know how much time I'm going to have to read.... but let's shoot for month-end and we can always grant ourselves an extension :)