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by Gore Vidal

Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Gore Vidal
ISBN: 0349105693
ISBN13: 978-0349105697
Language: English
Publisher: Time Warner Books Uk (December 2003)
Pages: 176
Fb2 eBook: 1286 kb
ePub eBook: 1876 kb
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Eugene Luther Gore Vidal (/vɪˈdɑːl/; born Eugene Louis Vidal, October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012) was an American writer and public intellectual known for his epigrammatic wit, patrician manner, and polished style of writing.

Eugene Luther Gore Vidal (/vɪˈdɑːl/; born Eugene Louis Vidal, October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012) was an American writer and public intellectual known for his epigrammatic wit, patrician manner, and polished style of writing. Vidal was born into a political family; his maternal grandfather, Thomas Pryor Gore, served as United States senator from Oklahoma (1907–1921 and 1931–1937)

I read Williwaw mainly for the fact that Gore Vidal was a Warrant Officer on an Army boat during WWII and he wrote the book while he was on watch. That greatly interested me as a Warrant Office on Army boats myself.

Only 7 left in stock (more on the way). I read Williwaw mainly for the fact that Gore Vidal was a Warrant Officer on an Army boat during WWII and he wrote the book while he was on watch. The book gives a snapshot of the history of the little known Army boat field.

Vidal's first novel - written when he was 19 - takes place aboard an Army. The material for Williwaw is derived from Vidal's own experience during WWII among the Aleutian islands; but the experience of the Williwaw itself is not his, accurate as it may be. "The author of Myra Breckinridge describes Army life in the lonely white wastes of an Aleutian outpost-a chronicle of land and sea, and of the bored, sex-starved men who are pushed to a point of explosion as violent as the Arctic storm, the treacherous Williwaw. from the Signet MM backcover.

achievements and defeats, friends and enemies made (and sometimes lost). From encounters with, amongst others, Jack and Jacqueline Kennedy, Tennessee Williams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Orson Welles, Johnny Carson, Francis Ford Coppola to the mournful passing of his longtime partner, Howard Auster, Vidal always steers his narrative with grace and flair.

A gripping tale of men struggling against nature and themselves, Williwaw was Gore Vidal's first novel, written at nineteen when he was first mate of the . A boat of the Army Transportation Corps fights through the fierce wind of the Williwaw, carrying two officers and a chaplain with its crew. Human nature and the elements move the men through their uncertain destiny.

A boat of the army transportation corps fights through the fierce wind of the williwaw, carrying two officers and a chaplain with its crew. This is Gore Vidal's first novel. Written when he was just seventeen and based very strongly on his own traumatic experiences in the US Navy as WW2 reached its end, this is a compelling story of one young man's bravery under fire.

William Howard ia and from there to the Tiber, then up the river to Rome. Now the trireme lay at anchor within the very sight of the seven hills of Rome. Tiberius was coming home, at the age of seventy-seven. There had been an enormous commotion, of course. All the ships in the harbor at Ostia had rung their bells as Tiberius’ ship approached.

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A boat of the army transportation corps fights through the fierce wind of the williwaw, carrying two officers and a chaplain with its crew. Human nature and the elements move the men through their uncertain destiny. This is Gore Vidal's first novel. Written when he was just seventeen and based very strongly on his own traumatic experiences in the US Navy as WW2 reached its end, this is a compelling story of one young man's bravery under fire.
Comments to eBook Williwaw
Wizard
This was Gore Vidal's first book, written while serving on an Army ship in Alaska during WWII. I think Vidal was about 19 years old when he wrote it - and the book is amateurish compared to his latter work. It surely has some autobiographical quality since the story is set on an Army ship in Alaska during the war. Its worth reading. It captures the futility, nonsense and meaninglessness of war. Typical middle finger from Gore - which is why I adore him.
Aradwyn
Williwaw stands on it's own as a sea novel in the tradition not of Conrad, but of Steven Crane (as Vidal himself acknowledges). The story concerns members of the crew of an Army freighter in Aleutians at the close of the WWII. Lonely, disparate, the crew's conflicts work on the ship as it carries a priest, a major and his aide across the Being Sea during storm season. Somewhat typical of the new wave of WWII novels, Williwaw moves through the thoughts of each character, though with less depth (and distraction) than Mailer or James Jones. The main trouble comes between Bervick, the 3rd Mate, a sergeant, and Duval, a Warrant Officer, the boat's chief engineer as they fight obliquely over a woman. Each character's self-delusions, especially the superstitions of sea-going men, are explored to good effect. The Storm itself is rather brief, but dangerous, and rendered with a sharp economy that Vidal would abandon in his later historical novels. Certainly one of his better works, with little agenda besides telling the story.
kolos
The action and characters in Gore Vidal's first novel takes place on a small Navy vessel in the Aleutian Islands in World War 2. The characters as introduced are relatively dry and stereotypical, however, the action occurs as the ship is overtaken by a williwaw during a three day voyage from one isolated island to the main base carrying a mixed group of military passengers. The ship is badly damaged, but the true nature of each of the characters is revealed under attack from the stormy seas.
Shakanos
Crisp smooth writing. Wonderful portrayal of men in service exhibiting their character flaws and weaknesses. Men In service become desensitized to death, their morality warped. Will the ship and men survive. Will the murder be discovered. What will be the outcome. Wonderful story; the Williwaw intensely holds the readers attention.
Bloodhammer
I ordered this book because of the title. I have been familiar with Gore Vidal's work for a long while but never discovered this title until doing research for a novel set in the Aleutian Islands during World War II (Paul Radford's Alaskan Exile). What made Williwaw particularly useful to me was the fact that Vidal served in the Aleutians during this period and communicated the feel of the place far better than most of the documents I was using. However, the story is well written and I find reading Vidal's earlier style refreshing. Highly recommended.
Jerinovir
I read Williwaw mainly for the fact that Gore Vidal was a Warrant Officer on an Army boat during WWII and he wrote the book while he was on watch. That greatly interested me as a Warrant Office on Army boats myself. The book gives a snapshot of the history of the little known Army boat field. I recommend the book for anyone interested in WWII or Army boats. You'll find an interesting view of the interaction and mindset of the men during that era.

Doug Workman, Author The Ghost, And The Treasure!
Terr
This is the first book by Gore Vidal that I have read. I was looking for another book of his, Julian, in Kindle format and ran accross Williwaw. I am happy that I found Williwaw. The maturity of the writing and the research regarding seamanship belie the fact that he was 19 years old when he wrote the book. I recommend Williwaw. I will read Julian next.
A williwaw is an Aleutian name for a hurricane in the Arctic ocean. This is a good, gripping story of adventure and survival of a ship and its crew caught in the grip of a williwaw on the high seas. The story deals with human rivalry and tensions among the crew aggravated under extreme conditions. Parts of the story are reminiscent of the 19th century mariner story of survival Typhoon by Joseph Conrad.
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