I loved how the author kept this fiction as close to fact as possible. It's absolutely amazing what they did in the Nevada desert testing nuclear bomb...moreI loved how the author kept this fiction as close to fact as possible. It's absolutely amazing what they did in the Nevada desert testing nuclear bombs, and this book covers just one series - the Upshot-Knothole which was 11 bombs dropped onto southern Nevada soil, with all the fallout, during March to June 1953. Amazing how many and how frequent!
Each chapter has a story from a different character point of view, different type of job all surrounding this series: reporter, secretary, 12-year old future vet, radiation specialist, FBI agent posed as bartender, mother who is outside during the raining fallout in Utah, soldier sent out in the trenches at ground zero, and a scientist who wonders if this is all worth it, just some of the characters. Their stories occasionally overlap, and most are patriotic and are all for the testing thinking it will help us beat the commies. Perhaps it did. (less)
An interesting book. A great book. Too bad all books aren’t so well written; then again if they were I’d get even less stuff done. This Steinbeck book...moreAn interesting book. A great book. Too bad all books aren’t so well written; then again if they were I’d get even less stuff done. This Steinbeck book is fairly focused on one main character, although there were a few moments when Ethan Allen Hawley was not the point-of-view. The book is during Ethan’s transformation, perhaps brought on by Mrs. Margie Young-Hunt and her tarot cards and influence. Or brought on by other means? Ethan always plays it straight, or really not, as he jokes around quite frequently, especially with his dear wife Mary. The word silly is used generously throughout.
Some surprising moments contained philosophizing and commentary on society….. as East of Eden was a tale about good and evil, this one is a tale of morality, about cheating. Is it okay if everyone does it? (less)
Dostoevsky’s style of writing is very dramatic, drawn-out, tormenting-of-the-soul. This book is no exception. At least it is kept at a minnimum compar...moreDostoevsky’s style of writing is very dramatic, drawn-out, tormenting-of-the-soul. This book is no exception. At least it is kept at a minnimum compared to The Brothers Karamazov (That book seem relentless.)
This was a good book - really. I strongly urge anyone to read it themselves.
Sometimes I'm surprised by what I find in my own little library. I've tried to make a list of everything I own, (goodreads has helped with that endeav...moreSometimes I'm surprised by what I find in my own little library. I've tried to make a list of everything I own, (goodreads has helped with that endeavor) but I have so far failed at being complete. The Last of the Savages is one of those curious books, I found it the other week. I don't remember buying it, nor why, but the sticker on the back revealed that I had bought it used at a Long's Drug store. Not my typical place to purchase books, so another surprise. Perhaps I picked it up because it was something outside of the more commonly found romance or crime thriller book. In any case I am glad I did, and that I gave the book a chance.
This may be the best written book I've read all year. There's subtly, surprise and not a lot of gimmick. It's a book that you read and think this writer is someone who will be remembered. But honestly I haven't heard of Jay McInerney before, and now feel like I had missed him somehow. I will definitely look for more of his books.
The book is about male friendship, two young boys meet at a prep school. One aspires to rise above his roots and wishes he had the background of his roommate Will Savage, who is from an established Southern family who wants to not just shake things, up but to tear it apart. These two are opposites and yet they remain friends through three decades, the 60's through the 80's. History is weaved well into the story and the switching of time from present to remembrances is well done. A lot goes on in the book, and the way it is told could easily have been confusing or gone awry, but McInerery is someone who knows the craft of writing and tells a good tale. (less)