Sunday, June 29, 2008

On To the Next One

I wouldn't call it my idea of a perfect day, but there are far worse ways to waste one than finishing a good book and watching a good baseball game. That's how I spent a lazy Sunday.

The book, Union Dues, is about a teenage boy who leaves his home in West Virginia to go in search of his older brother, who has drifted to Boston and dropped from sight after serving two hitches in Vietnam. When their coal miner father leaves in pursuit of both, the story takes the reader on a parallel course that leads to the same destination and a sobering discovery. (C.S. Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5)

The author, John Sayles, went on to become a motion picture director and screenwriter whose credits include Eight Men Out, Apollo 13 and, one of my favorites, Wild Thing. Here's a National Public Radio profile on Sayles:

It is worth mentioning that the following year, 1979, the National Book Award for fiction went to Going After Cacciato, a story about a deserting Vietnam soldier who walks away from the war and is pursued by his unit across Asia and Europe.

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