Tom - Resident Artistic Genius
- Lawndale, CA 1951-1966
- Agoura, CA 1966-1969
- Bonningheim, Germany 1970
- Cholula, Mexico 1971
- Spokane, WA 1972-Present
England (not far from London), 1950s, a manor close to and associated with a very old abbey. There's a lake near the abbey that contains an ancient bell that is discovered and removed. A newly ordered bell is due to arrive soon. Big ending. Intrigue, allegory, weave of relationships, concise descriptions, well-crafted prose, timely issues. Iris Murdoch had the moves.
Collected stories of Port William, a fictional rural community on "The River." The characters, their personalities, the culture of an agrarian way of living during the early 20th century, and specific ideas formed during the author's Kentucky upbringing. The author writes like a wise farmer might talk.
Big question for biographers: how to get it just right? Layiong out the facts in an informative and interesting way, entertaining the reader while keeping it real (avoiding unsubstantiated embellishments) seem to be the beginnings of an answer. By way of an extraordinary amount of research, a true gift for rendering engaging prose, and sticking to the above guidelines, Mr. Spitz has nailed it. Big book, but definitely worth the effort. Especially if you're a fan of "the lads."