Alister MacLean’s Force 10 From Navarone is another old hardback I bought at the Senior Thrift store in Pine, Arizona mainly as decoration for my bookshelf. But like Casino Royale and Sands of the Kalahari I end of enjoying them more off the shelf.
Published in 1968, this version’s pages are yellowed; it is stamped Mesa Public Library, and there are remnants inside the cover of where the library checkout card was placed at one time.
This one is all World War II espionage, double agents, espionage, heroic man figures. Very untrendy but, like Ian Fleming, the writing is crisp and the story moves quickly. The chapters are denoted by date and time from Thursday 001-0600 to Saturday 0200-0215.
But this genre takes me back to the books I was reading in middle school. On her Saturday grocery trips, my Mom would stop at the Baltimore County Randallstown Branch, I can still see the building at the corner of Old Court and Liberty Roads… but so can Google:
For a few years, Mom would encourage my reading by picking out novels at the library for me (she was getting them for herself too). I don’t remember her saying quite how she chose (I think the cover was a key factor), but a lot of them were the spy / espionage genre. I remember reading John Le Carré, Ken Follet, Jack Higgins, Robert Ludlum. I remember the excitement of seeing what she brought back for me to read.
A favorite memory was where he judgment may have lapsed. I teased her about this in her later years, and she denied to happened. One title she picked for me I think was because she thought it had to do with the Watergate Scandal. But the novel by one D.M. Perkins was out of the usual genre– It was Linda Lovelace’s story, Deep Throat (I will leave it up to the reader to learn more about her life).
Let’s say when Mom asked her middle school age son how he liked the novel she got, he fervently said he did. That’s my Mom.
A fun tangent I found was looking up some information about Linda Lovelace, born in the Queens as Linda Boreman. Apparently there is a computer language called Linda that was named after her. Oh those funny computer scientists, it was a nod to the language Ada being named for Ada Lovelace.
Linda is a model of coordination and communication among several parallel processes operating upon objects stored in and retrieved from shared, virtual, associative memory.
I’m guessing those objects were often retrieved from “deep” memory ;-)
Just another life tangent.
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