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.


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.