Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Herman Wouk

Today is the anniversary of Herman Wouk, best known for writing The 'Caine' Mutinythe book upon which the film of the same name was based. Another of his books, Marjorie Morningstar, was also turned into a movie. Not only is he still alive, I see from the Web that he sold a new novel less than five years ago.

I have a soft spot for Aurora Dawn, a satire on the advertising industry. As such, it was not original even in 1943 when Wouk started writing it but its assuredly florid style harking back to English masters of earlier centuries I found captivating.

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