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  • By John Reid
    Oct 15, 2009
    "A High Achievement Mountain of Many Literary Treasures!" Following "Micaela Morris in Jo's Heaven" and "A Packet of Dreams", this is my third collection of assorted prose -- and my personal favorite. Why? Mostly because they are all pieces with which I can personally identify and which I can read over and over with equal delight and pleasure. My favorite of these favorites is the novelette, "My Friend, My Enemy." This originally started life as a projected full-length novel. When I served in the army, the varied characters and aspirations of the officers fascinated me. The enlisted men held no interest for me at all. They are exactly the same in real life as depicted in Hollywood movies like "G.I. Joe", "A Walk in the Sun" and "Take the High Ground". But the officers! All professional killers, yes, but what a variety of personalities from the outwardly vicious to the seemingly humane! All of them presented... More > contradictions, and a few of them even exhibited much the same traits as Erwin Rommel -- or at least as Brigadier Desmond Young has depicted him in his best-selling 1950 biography. So, using Young's portrait as a starting point, I commenced writing "My Friend, My Enemy". Alas, after several months, I wrote myself into a corner, and the novel was never finished. However, it occurred to me recently that I didn't need to finish the narrative with all the twists and details I'd originally planned. The story had already reached a fitting, logical and definitive conclusion. There was no need to go into the awesome details of the protagonists' further adventures. And this was all a pretty familiar "journey through the wilderness" scenario that we've read or seen in movies a hundred times before. Just a quick summary would be ideal. And thus "My Friend, My Enemy" -- one of the best stories I've ever written -- was rescued from oblivion. I'm also very much attached to all the other pose pieces in this book. I knew all these people: the girl who lost her childhood home in "Goodbye, Sweet Revenge"; the woman who worked for the selfless charity drummer in "Going Down"; the businessman whose family refused to sponsor the girl he wanted to marry; the horse-traders masquerading as disagreeable judges; the politician who robbed Peter to pay Paul; the young girl who was proposed to by the father of the boy she actually loved; the president who wanted to ditch his team as soon as he was elected; the advertising guru who was happy to promote something no-one wanted to buy; even the professional wharf idler. True, except for the wharf idler, none of these people would recognize themselves in their new guises. But I remember them all with affection. In fact, knew them all better than my own father. Fifty or sixty years ago.< Less
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First Edition
Lulu Books
December 18, 2008
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.67 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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