It's funny how things tie together sometimes. I just finished listening to a book on audible.com. The book is called "Skippy Dies" by Paul Murray.
"The extravagantly entertaining “Skippy Dies” chronicles a single catastrophic autumn at Seabrook from a good 20 different perspectives: students, teachers, administrators, priests, girlfriends, doughnut shop managers. At the center of it all is Daniel Juster, known as Skippy, whose death — on the floor of Ed’s Doughnut House, just after writing his beloved’s name on the floor in raspberry filling — opens the novel. “Skippy Dies” then flashes back to the months preceding, months in which the gloomy, doomed 14-year-old falls in love, wins a fight, keeps a secret and attracts the attention of members of the faculty who do not have his best interests at heart." I LOVED it!!!
A character in the book named Howard; a disillusioned history teacher, is on WWI. Another teacher directs him (interesting relationship here) to read Robert Graves' account of his experiences in WWI. Howard, becomes fascinating and inspired with WWI history. And so did I.
This sparked my interest in WWI and Robert Graves. He also makes references to what Rudyard Kipling and his writings after his son died the day after he turned 17 as an officer charging into battle. (Kipling pulled strings to get his then aged 16 son into the military. A made for TV movie starring
Daniel Radcliffe recently aired on PBS called "My Boy Jack" depicting this event.
"Has any one else had word of him?"
Not this tide.
For what is sunk will hardly swim,
Not with this wind blowing, and this tide.
"Oh, dear, what comfort can I find?"
None this tide,
Nor any tide,
Except he did not shame his kind---
Not even with that wind blowing, and that tide.
Then hold your head up all the more,
And every tide;
Because he was the son you bore,
Rudyard Kipling 1915
In the mail today I got a "Netflix" movie I forgot I put on my que. It' was "The Long Engagement" starring Audrey Tatoui, many other french film stars, and the now well known in America "Maria Cotilliard" (the awesome actress of La Vie en Rose") (There's also a surprise famous American actress in the film!)
This movie with WWI as well.
"Five desperate French soldiers during The Battle of the Somme shoot themselves, either by accident or with purpose, in order to be invalidated back home. Having been "caught" a court-martial convenes and determines punishment to be banishment to No Man's Land with the objective of having the Germans finish them off. In the process of telling this tale each man's life is briefly explored along with their next of kin as Methilde, fiancée to one of the men, tries to determine the circumstances of her lover's death. This task is not made any easier for her due to a bout with polio as a child. Along the way she discovers the heights and depths of the human soul. Written by Liam McBain "
Excellent story, cinematographic scenes, and authentic costumes! I loved it!
TAKE CARE, BOHEMIAN :)
TAKE CARE, BOHEMIAN :)