Friday, June 17, 2011

Who in the world is C.S. Forester?

Beginning his epic "Passage to Juneau," Jonathan Raban dryly speaks of young land-lubbers, wannabee sailors, knowing nothing of the sea but having read their C.S. Forester.

Those wannabees have an advantage over me. I had no idea until tonight who indeed C.S. Forester was.

The man was a twentieth-century literary colossus, author of The African Queen -- which movie buffs remember became a film starring Bogart and (Katherine) Hepburn; and also of the Horatio Hornblower naval hero series.

According to Wikipedia, Ernest Hemingway is quoted as saying, "I recommend Forester to everyone literate I know," and Winston Churchill stated, "I find Hornblower admirable."

Guess I need to make some room on my bookshelf.

2 comments:

kat said...

Always leave room on the bookshelf for another tome!

It was so great to have you visit with me ECD! Thanks for popping over for a look :-)

i am busier than ever - I am jobless myself - but waiting for a year to pass before looking - it is scary I know! - but I was ill and missed out on so much that I want some time to, not indulge, but to have Time For Myself in a substantial way!

Good luck- and my thoughts will be with you as ever!

Eastcoastdweller said...

Thanks, Kat. In a perfect world, I would hear back today from the place to which I have applied, have an interview this week before this job ends so I do not have to say I have been let go, tell them I will give my current employment two weeks notice -- and then have two weeks for the first real vacation that my Beloved and I have had in almost six years.

Rarely do all the pieces of life's puzzle slide together so easily.

I am glad that You are taking some well-deserved time for You.