Thursday, December 12, 2013

Feature and Follow - Bookselling Time

8474595901 873f4993f4 Feature & Follow #137

The sixth book from the left on the second shelf from the top of my biggest book shelf is... Unless Victory Comes by Gene Garrison with Patrick Gilbert. I have not yet read this one. I bought it for 50 cents in a going out of business sale a couple of years ago. It is a first person account of an infantryman in the U. S. army in France in 1944-45. It is one of those histories which have been coming out recently as the last veterans of Word War II get their memoirs published before they pass on. As their numbers thin every year these issues get fewer and fewer. Soon there will be no more. These histories have the advantage that the basic story is well told; they need not provide the background detail that was necessary early on. They have the distinct disadvantage of extreme distance from the events they portray. Garrison uses narrative, with conversations presented as if they had happened yesterday. Although the story may be as he remembers it, the exact details are likely to be, shall we say, shaded. One other thing that seems to be different in these late memoirs compared to the early ones is that they often lack some of the political correctness of the early ones. I look forward to reading it.

 


13 comments:

  1. New follower on bloglovin. I haven't heard of that book before. But it sounds interesting! Have a good weekend.

    My F&F
    Whitney@Shooting Stars Reviews

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    1. Thanks for the follow! Followed you back. Great choice on your page.

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  2. Hello Greg,

    I never heard the choosen one of yours because I never get interest about,to be honest. But, in 2014 I'll make a challenge to myself about reading about all genres. And I'm looking forward to read about it.
    Have a nice Friday!

    Greetings, From Booker Like a Hooker

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    1. Thanks for hopping through! Good luck with that challenge. Let us know how it goes.

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  3. Haven't heard of this book you've chosen but I've always been fascinated about History, well in most cases. May be I'll look forward to read it.
    New follower via GFC. :)
    Here's My Feature and Follow Friday post.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by! In all honesty I like the memoirs written in the fifties and sixties better, but for 50 cents? I had to pick it up. Eventually I'll get a round tuit!

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  4. Never heard about this one. But even if I have, I don't think I'll pick this up since I've never been a fan of historical books.

    Old follower via bloglovin.

    The only unusual thing that happened to me this 2013 was that I started my blog. And I don't don't know George.

    Thanks for sharing. New bloglovin follower.

    Charlotte @ Thoughts and Pens

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    1. Thanks for dropping by. Yes, if history's not your thing this is not a book to pick up! And to know George is to love him - see A Morning in a Life from early December (short story).

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  5. Uh never been fan of war books, Ive avoided that shelf like the plague.
    But whats most important is that you like it.
    Have a great weekend!

    Whiskey @ Unladylike Reviews

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    1. Thanks. I really like the variety in this hop. Enjoy!

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  6. New GFC and bloglovin follower!
    Historical reads aren't usually my thing but this sound interesting! :)
    Here's my FF post http://smartysmartie.blogspot.ie/2013/12/feature-and-follow-friday-1.html

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    1. Sometimes these first person accounts are stranger and more interesting than fiction (of course, some times they are not). Thanks for dropping by!

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