John Irving - Irwin Shaw
I read the book in that being in my early twenties, I was keen on popular culture. I jogged, I worked out, I went to night clubs, and tried to experience it all in my Southern Baptist mindset which didn't include the sex, drugs but did include the rock and roll. So my left eyebrow goes up a little when I read how defiant people claim they were.
John Irving would not normally be in my list of favorite authors. But I did enjoy his book called the "Cider House Rules" which was made into a movie. The two books I read by John Irving were unusual in that I watched the movie first which is always preferable. Movie quality declines after you've read a book, think the movie Dune.
I plan to read one of John Irving's more recent books. "The Cider House Rules" dealt with the morally complex topic of abortion. Ironically, fifty years after the historic Roe vs. Wade ruling in 1973 that legalized abortion, abortion is more controversial than 1985 when the book was written.
|Irwin Shaw - 1948|
Irwin Shaw wrote the Rich Man, Poor Man series. His stories are exceptional if you want a good read. Known more for his short stories and as a playwright, his commercial work sometimes shadows what a great literary writer he was.
Irwin Shaw, a World War II veteran, was blacklisted during the McCarthy era by the House Committee of Un-American Activity for signing a petition asking the Supreme Court to review "Contempt of Congress" convictions of John Howard Lawson and Dalton Trumbo. Irwin Shaw lived in Europe from 1951 until 1976 due to being branded a Communist. He was a World War II hero and a hero for standing up for someone and paying the price for it.
His book Rich Man, Poor Man was published in 1970 and made into a mini-series in 1976.