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Retired oceanographer. Also worked as a high school teacher, rubber plantation inspector in Sumatra, and fisheries administrator in New Zealand. Bachelor and master degrees in science from New York state universities. First got the writing bug while in college and have published eight books in last 10 years plus three plays produced. Lived in eight states, most recently in Alabama, with wife Ann, four dogs and seven cats.
on May 09, 2012 :
"Certain Things Happened" by Bert Brun, Smashwords Edition, 2011
reviewed by Hermann Gucinski
This novel begins as a family history, that of immigrants that establish a new future for themselves in the US, beginning in the later years of the Great Depression, just before the world is plunged into war. The lives of the Andersen family members, especially Julia and Nora, are a microcosm of what went on during that time, with the added nuance of adapting, and then fully adopting, the new country. It includes their own growing up, their finding themselves as full adults, with the tragedy of the loss of Julia's fiance, during a bombing mission of Nazi Germany.
As the story builds, it increasingly focuses on young Kurt Andersen, and his own journey into adulthood, coping with the divorce of his parents, more or less a rarity in those days and follows him as he crabs out a career for himself in a far-off country, only to run into… but I better let the reader find out the details as the story unfolds. It is the emotional ups and downs, as well as emotional development that are the center of the novel, painted on the canvas of history that links these adventures to our own lives. A good read.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)