A Sailor of Austria

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A Sailor of Austria

Postby Sarge » Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:04 am

by John Biggins, "In Which, Without Really Intending To, Otto Prohaska Becomes Official War Hero No. 27 of the Habsburg Empire"

It's a wonderful fictional memoir of a WW1 U-boat captain, painstakingly researched and beautifully written with lots of humor and just the right amount of pathos as his homeland falls in a war of attrition. I've already bought the next one in the series. I'm betting most of y'all would enjoy it.
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. -Psalm 139
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Re: A Sailor of Austria

Postby Kona » Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:32 pm

I read a lot about naval and submarine warfare during my teens, then spent three years as a gunner’s mate aboard a WW2 Gearing class destroyer; kind of got all that out of my system. However, this does sound interesting. I’ll see if I can find an audio version, since my reading time is pretty limited these days. Thanks for the tip!
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Re: A Sailor of Austria

Postby Pastor_Mac » Wed May 23, 2018 1:00 am

I just read the free preview at Amazon. The narrative was jaw-dropping. The first person approach as an old man, jaded beyond any hope of hope, is entirely engrossing. Remember Johnny Cash's video of his cover of Hurt by Nine Inch Nails? There's Johnny, in his full tremors, looking at all his memories and drowning them in wine. A fabulous piece of writing.
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Re: A Sailor of Austria

Postby Kona » Wed May 23, 2018 1:11 pm

An eloquent and compelling review, Pastor Mac. Thanks to your reminder, I seriously need to look into this -- today. I see there are a number of sequels out there as well, one that takes place in the South Pacific. Should be right up our alley!
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