Some have said this is a "guy's book", a description so lacking it is almost comical. Far Bright Star by Robert Olmstead is a short novel set in the southwest desert, and follows the disasterous mission of an expedition of cavalrymen to hunt down Pancho Villa. Napoleon, the leader, is a seasoned horse soldier, and nearing the end of his career. He leads his young and untested soldiers across a brutal landscape to a certain death. That they are unaware of the futility of this mission and Napoleon is so very aware gives the reader a glimpse into the tender side of war.
What happens to Napoleon sets in motion an hallucinatory fight for survival and an examination of his war career. He struggles to live, while recalling his boyhood and trying to make sense of the viciousness of the attack. Napoleon is aware that war is changing, and horse soldiers will fade from the landscape. Old and new warfare, cynical and idealistic soldiers, brutality and tenderness play against one another in this moving novel of war and redemption. Highly recommended for those who read Cormac McCarthy style novels.
|storm over Tucson,AZ|
Here are my most recent projects:
|DOS 1944 house dress|
This apron is perhaps my favorite thing I have sewn this summer so far. It is B 4945 and made from fabric given to me by Theresa of Camp Runamuck fame. Thanks Theresa! Click on the picture to see the detail of the trim. Yes, those are the owl and the pussycat of this nonsense rhyme-poetry, of sorts
Finally, Nick is doing a great job becoming an all-around companion and trail horse. Yesterday, we opened the gate for other riders. Those who ride will know that gates are a complicated maneuver. I am so proud of him!