The Book Catapult

A Friday Recommendation

I read the novel Far Bright Star by Robert Olmstead last week & feel like recommending it to you, gentle reader.  I’m phoning it in a bit here by posting my “Warwick’s Staff Recommendation” in lieu of a full-on review, though.  It’s Friday evening, I’m tired, and I just cracked my first brew, so lay off.  But before you do, you should check this little novel out.

“A compact, powerful, & moving little book set in 1916 in Mexico – a fascinating, transitional time between of the “last of the horse soldiers” and the dawn of the mechanical age. Napoleon & his brother Xenophon are aging soldiers in the US Army, tasked with leading an expedition into Mexico to find Pancho Villa & make him pay for attacking an American city the previous year. Easier said than done. Olmstead writes of the foolishness of men, the parched earth and the star-filled skies, and a world on the brink of an unheard-of global conflict with a tension-filled compactness ala Cormac McCarthy. A surprisingly smart & introspective little novel.”

This bit yanked from its pages seems fitting for Labor Day weekend & the fading summer we never saw here in southern California:

Soon it would be autumn.  He thought autumn light old light and come from far away.  It was light that was bright and sorrowful and dense and galvanic.  It lacquered the world with its brilliance and increased by day, and when the sun set down it left you tired, cold and wanting.


You may purchase this item from your local independent bookshop: indiebound.org 

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This entry was posted on September 4, 2010 by in review, Robert Olmstead.
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