Sailor and Fiddler

Sailor and Fiddler

Reflections of A 100-year-old Author

Book - 2016
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"A sparkling memoir of a well-lived life of literature, fame, and love" ( Booklist ) by one of America's most beloved authors, as he looks back over his 100 years.

In this remarkable memoir "full of adventure, wit, color, and detail" ( Jewish Journal ), Herman Wouk finally reflects on the life experiences that inspired his most enduring novels. With a tone that is "generous and warm" ( The Boston Globe ), he tells of his days writing for comedian Fred Allen's radio show, one of the most popular shows in the history of the medium; enlisting in the US Navy during World War II; falling in love with Betty Sarah Brown, the woman who would become his wife (and literary agent) for sixty-three years; writing his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Caine Mutiny ; as well as a big hit Broadway play and an equally big Broadway flop; and the surprising inspirations and people behind such masterpieces as The Winds of War , War and Remembrance , Marjorie Morningstar , and Youngblood Hawke .

Written with the wisdom of a "trailblazing centenarian charmer" ( Buffalo News ) and the wit of someone who began his career as professional comedy writer, Sailor and Fiddler is an unprecedented reflection on writing and faith--"a lovely coda to the career of a man who made American literature a kinder, smarter, better place" (NPR).
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781501128554
Characteristics: xv, 141 pages ;,21 cm.


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Mar 23, 2019

You might like a lighter Wouk novel, Don't Stop the Carnival", which gives wonderful insights in to the West Indian mindset. A very funny read! Unfortunately, our library does not carry it.

Nov 15, 2018

I enjoyed this book even though I've never read anything by Herman Wouk. It provides tantalizing glimpses into his life as a writer and as a Jewish person. The nicest part about it for me is how much he loved and respected his wife, who was also his agent. I won't read his war books, but will look for some others, like Inside Outside.

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