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Colonel E.G.Keogh p2

Shenandoah 1861-62 is written in a concise and clear manner, and it’s reliable, with plenty of facts and details, the way the military trains officers to write. The author, Colonel E. G. Keogh, stressed that the Confederates Jackson and Lee had studied a lot of military history, which had complemented their professional experience. In that […]

Colonel E.G. Keogh p3

Colonel Keogh talks about the motivations of people in war, which must be understood when forming strategy… The book Shenandoah 1861-62 is also a good overall history of the US Civil War, which the author describes as “four years of ruinous strife”. The author says that war is a political act undertaken to attain a […]

Dr H. Martensen on comedy

READERSVOICE.COM aims to dig up a few interesting pages from old books, especially out of print and even forgotten books. This issue focuses on writing about comedy. There are a lot of good books on comedy writing around. Mel Helitzer’s Comedy Writing Secrets. The Comedy Bible by Brian McKim and Traci Skene. Comedy Writing Step […]

Dr H. Martensen p2

Dr H. Martensen, in his book Christian Ethics, continues on naivete or simplicity in comedy characters… He writes: The more the comic developes itself in its higher forms, the more does seriouslness shine through it. He said that J.C. Heiberg held sprightliness, irony and humour as the three principal forms of the comic. Gaity and […]

Dr H. Martensen p3

Dr H. Martensen on naivete… He writes that the same world which shows us the tragic, shows us the comic: The comic contemplation of the world views it not as a world of sin, of guilt, of destiny, but as one of folly and fortuitous occurrences. Here is no painful contrast, but one entirely painless, […]

Peter Pinney p1

READERSVOICE.COM aims to provide a few samples from out of print books. This issue focuses on Dust on my shoes (1952) by Peter Pinney. It’s an elegant and somewhat picaresque memoir of the author’s journey just after WW2. He travels from Greece, through Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Burma. It isn’t just the […]

Peter Pinney p2

In one scene in Dust on my shoes (1952) by Peter Pinney, the author is in the Iraq embassy in Syria, trying to obtain a transit visa to Kuwait. The consul is anti-semitic, suspicious, and the only thing stopping the author from reaching the Persian Gulf. He quotes the consul: “H’m. If you fly, you […]

Peter Pinney p3

Peter Pinney (1922-1992) always craved adventure. He had some early schooling in Port Moresby, New Guinea, but he grew up in Sydney. As a teenager he had been known for dangerous escapades, including hanging upside down on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. He liked hiking in the Blue Mountains. He hitched ride in trains and trucks, […]

Mo’s Memoirs

READERSVOICE.COM aims to give a few interesting reading tips. It features samples from forgotten or out-of-print books. The following sample from Mo’s Memoirs (1945) by comedian Roy Rene gives a description of an evening of vaudeville in the very early 1900s. Roy Rene (1891-1954) was born Henry van der Sluys. From 1908, he appeared in […]

Roy “Mo” Rene p2

A pre-1945 farce, Gamblers All, starring Roy Rene… Roy Rene (1891-1954) was an Australian vaudeville comedian, playing music halls and theatres. He performed to sold out shows in Australia in the 1910s and 20s and after vaudeville died out, he hosted a popular radio show in the 1940s. He is most known for his comedy […]