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My Two Wars

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"One of the best American writers of the century, Thomsen's writing about war is stunning." --The Washington Postshow more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 20.32mm | 521.63g
  • Steerforth Press
  • South Royalton, United States
  • English
  • 1586421476
  • 9781586421472
  • 1,376,872

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THERE ARE THOSE who consider the little-known Moritz Thomsen one of the best American writers of the century," said the "Washington Post in reviewing "My Two Wars. Thomsen here describes the two great battles in his life - one against his rich, tyrannical father; the other against German pilots and anti-aircraft gunners in 1943 and 1944. Thomsen had an abiding hatred for his father, and with this portrait of the man he has given us one of literature's true monsters. "Rarely has the similarity between war and family been as clearly drawn as it is in this scathing unblinking memoir," said "Kirkus in its starred review of the book. "Thomsen's writing about the war, both philosophical and descriptive, is stunning" said the "Post.show more

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. . . one of the best American writers of the century. Thomsen s writing about war, both philosophical and descriptive, is stunning. "Washington Post " A portrayal of the World War II air war over Germany in a class with Joseph Heller s Catch-22. "Boston Globe " Rarely has the similarity between war and family been as clearly drawn as it is in this scathing, unblinking memoir. . . . A remarkable work of brave, unwavering insight. "Kirkus" (starred review)"show more

About Moritz Thomsen

Moritz Thomsen was a gifted and original writer and a genuine American rebel. In his late-forties, he joined the Peace Corps, and was sent to Ecuador where he lived as an expatriate for the next twenty-eight years and chronicled his life in four remarkable books that have been compared with the work of Thoreau and Joseph Conrad. His other titles include "Living Poor," "The Farm on the River of Emeralds" and the "Saddest Pleasure." He was born in 1915 in Hollywood, California and died in 1991 in Guayaquil, Ecuador.show more

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Moritz Thomsen's My Two Wars describes the great battles in his life - one against a rich, tyrannical father; the other against anti-aircraft gunners over Germany in 1943 and 1944. Thomsen was a gifted and original writer and a genuine American rebel. In his late-forties, he cast his lot with the poor, joined the Peace Corps, and was sent to Ecuador where he lived as an expatriate for the next twenty-eight years and chronicled his life in four remarkable books that have been compared with the work of Thoreau and Joseph Conrad. My Two Wars was completed shortly before Thomsen's death, and with it he concluded the story of his unusual life. In this final book he returns to his youth growing up in a wealthy Seattle household with the father he despised, and goes off to the war in Europe as a bombardier with the Eighth Air Force. Thomsen's writing about the war evokes Joseph Heller's famous novel in its poignancy and hilarity, and in his introduction Page Stegner calls it "the best narrative account ever written of an imperfect and fragile human soul caught up in the air war over Germany". But it is Thomsen's other war - his lifelong and monumental battle with his father - which begins and ends the book and makes My Two Wars one of the most outrageous and memorable father-andson stories ever told. Even late in his life, long after his father's death, Thomsen can lament: "I begin to write about him and find my body trembling with fifty year old angers. Old emotions still cramp my fingers; old injustices still march through my dreams".show more

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