Short gem of a book

Sailor and Fiddler: Reflections of a 100-Year-Old Author - Herman Wouk

I’m very excited about the release of this book by Herman Wouk on January 5th. Books such as “Marjorie Morningstar”, “Youngblood Hawke”, “Winds of War” and “War and Remembrance” will always have a special place in my heart.  I count them among the books that cemented my love of reading in my youth.  So to see a memoir, even such a short one, written by Mr. Wouk at the age of 100 is truly a joy.


Mr. Wouk starts off the book telling about his days as a writer for Fred Allen for radio programs where his humor was put to great use. That was back in the day when radio was at its height of popularity.  He talks about being influenced by the work of Mark Twain and Dumas, as well as his lost chance to do “Aurora Dawn” with Kurt Weil on Broadway.  He also details the writing of each of his books and it was fascinating to watch the development of such well-known characters and how the books came about.  He only touches here and there on his personal life and he says that bits of his life can be seen in his novels.  He mentions diaries that he has written over the years but they are to remain private.  This book is mostly about his work and his faith.


Even if you’re not familiar with Herman Wouk’s work, I think this book would appeal to those who enjoy reading about the publishing world and authors’ struggles. I do also recommend that you become acquainted with this author’s highly regarded masterpieces if you aren’t already.  You won’t regret a minute spent in the company of the literary world created by Herman Wouk.


This book was given to me by the publisher through NetGalley and Edelweiss in return for an honest review.