Fireweed & Scarlet Sails

Note: Neither of the following books is action-packed. They are dramas – well written and good enough to keep me reading, which says something. They are literature, but not pretentious, and a good read for kids or adults who are not hyped up on space battles and kung-fu.

Fireweed Multi

Fireweed is the story of two runaways – boy and girl – who form a bond of friendship after discovering each other during the WWII London Blitz. There is fear and danger, and a bit of romance, as the kids learn to live and survive together. This story also has a realistic ending, always a plus. (Penguin, 1969)

 

Scarlet Sails is one of the very few books I’ve read that were translated into English. In this case, Russian author Alexander Grin (Aleksandr Stepanovich Grinevsky) has written a love story that takes place in an unnamed and somewhat surreal town by the sea. I’m no expert on translations, but I thought the English version was well-written, with a different “vibe” than many of the books I’ve read. I’m also not a romance fan but this story transcended that for me. I’m pretty sure it’s out-of-print but available used, and has been published in many editions, both English and Russian. (Scribner, 1967)

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About Don

I'm an itinerant book lover, an on again off again writer, an amateur (luthier, pianist, composer, carpenter), a movie buff (the dramatic, well-written, well-acted kind, not the remake of a classic or the explosions and bullets kind), and a believer in Jesus, my Lord and Savior who comes before all these things.
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