I have loved all this past year So that I may love no more; I have sighed many a sigh, Beloved, for thy pity, My love is never thee nearer, And that me grieveth sore; Sweet loved-one, think on me, I have loved thee long. It tends to dilute the power of each individual story, especially if--as in Nightingale Songs--they are variations on a single theme. In the afterward, the author states that he only writes stories about relationships. The most characteristic feature of the song is a loud whistling crescendo, absent from the song of thrush nightingale. He also talks at great length about how Vietnam and its aftermath affected everyone involved. These are all very interesting men, with varying intellects and personal failings.
It's the story of five men who were prominent in those years, each a graduate of the Naval Academy in Annapolis. In that spirit, I will not attempt to explicate these stories. Conversely, the story that preceded this one almost made me put down the entire collection: Mr. The book is very well researched but I tired of some of the 'he said, she said' commentary. The oppressive atmosphere really kept you enthralled by this tale, and Strantzas' exploration of the unknown cosmic darkness was masterful.
That, however, makes these men seem naive and, by their actions and the positions of power they reached, they seem to be anything but. In that sense, Strantzas reminds me of Thomas Ligotti. This book aims to help the reader understand the Iran Contra Affair. We all have a huge debt owed to many amazing men and women who work tirelessly to make our country great. Instead, Strantzas appears to have developed an inability to complete: each story builds up with characters and oddities.
It seemed that John McCain I very much enjoyed this book. He's a '57 Chevy, a Colt six shooter. This isn't fantasy casting, folks. Nightingales are slightly larger than robins, with a robust, broad-tailed, rather plain brown appearance. I liked the way Timberg wove 5 Annapolis grads into the story and their involvement in the events, not all Iran-Contra, that occurred after the Vietnam War. The Greenpeacers would buzz around the test area in fast little Zodiac boats.
But I learned much from this book and appreciated the perspective. It's really well written, if something of a hagiography of a certain type of military man who, ideally, will be a cross between Einstein, Casanova, Lord Byron, Joe DiMaggio, Chuck Jaeger and George Clooney. This book, along with other books by Simon Strantzas, are now available as ebooks. Writing stays on the edge of uninspiring, though never crossing it. In the dead of night, your past mistakes will haunt you. Professionals hold terrain until wars begin and civilians can be mustered.
Timberg suggests that what they needed was not a McFarlane, North, or Poindexter, who were too eager to follow orders and then lie about the result, but someone like Navy captain Al Krechich. In sum: worth a read, definitely a bit different. At times it becomes a recital of facts that take a lot of concentration to follow and internalize. Based on the afterward, I understand that this third collection is supposed to be an amalgam of the various influences that pressed upon collections one and two. At the same time, the style and the mood of these stories may not satisfy those readers seeking a more visceral or dynamic experience. Intriguing detail is vital to the story he is telling.
There is always a desperate sense of not understanding the surroundings or the behavior of others that I find in Kafkas work as well. I think I picked up this book on the death of John McCain, one of the men profiled extensively in this account of the Vietnam war and the Iran Contra affair. The imagery was incredibly well done and easily made him a very unlikeable character which was clearly the point. Then, just as it all comes to a crescendo of chaos, the story is over - roll the credits. This collection, like all his others, is well worth your time. Suete lemmon, Y preye thee Of a love-bene: Yef thou me lovest, ase men says, Lemmon, as I wene, Ant yef hit thi wille be, Thou loke that hit be sene; So muchel Y thenke vpon the That al y waxe grene.
Most shocking to me was the impression that was created of President Reagan-- though he is not explicitly the subject of the book, the stories of the men around him paint a clear outline of the man as he interacted with key members of the cabinet, administration, and military. The dream I want to try believing in Will be held close to my heart till dawn The Nightingale that wants to play this tune When did you also enter this cage without me noticing Always Pursuing it, Holding it close, In the excitement. He is also speaking to other combat veterans working throughout the government who are contaminated by it Robert Timberg examines the progress and devious nature of the officer military class and their access and influence in the White House. In the afterward, the author states that he only writes stories about relationships. Occasionally these people make mistakes, but at least in the case of these men, I don't believe the events of the Iran Contra scandal were sinister and in the end, these men have contributed more than detracted from our country and the world. The nightingale is a secretive bird which likes nothing better than hiding in the middle of an impenetrable bush or thicket. The influences underlying these stories are acknowledged up-front, in John Langan's introduction, which mentions Ramsay Campbell and Robert Aickman.