Thursday, April 10, 2008

Lawyer Turns Author in Retirement

So I've been a bit out of the loop in terms of blogging for the past week or so. I went to a writer's conference and then had to catch up on everything that was on my desk..

Here's an interesting local story. Page Brown, formerly a lawyer at Brown and LaPointe out on Hampton Road (you know the one that now has a fancy new office building) in his retirement has written a book. He'll be at Water Street Bookstore Tuesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. to celebrate his book "The Unrequited." Brown's novel takes place as the Second World War has ended and the Japanese no longer control Vietnam, it carries the reader through those postwar years as the French attempt to reoccupy the country before the American involvement.

Here's a review from local freelance writer Dean Merchant:
Linger upon the characters in Page Brown's 'The Unrequited'. Slowly savor the dimension and depth of each ethnicity across a broad spectrum of human nature. The Unrequited is meant to be read slowly and then re-read. Brown is a thoughtful writer who provocatively and carefully chooses each adjective, crafting a landscape he knows well - Vietnam. His efforts akin to Hemingway sweating out his personal experiences in Spain onto the written page. Brown is a keen observer and a meticulous, voracious historian who writes to his own strengths. The author knows well the geopolitics and mind set of the "warrior", being a much decorated war hero himself. Still, he is able to follow his peripheral subjects with an intellectual and emotional understanding of a people and soil his soul has adopted. He shows sensitivity and perspective on native peoples confronted with brutal foreign interlopers. It's all here-the sights, sounds, smells and textures, the fabric of daily living in Southeast Asia at war with callous international designs. Destinies are played out-Hope is not lost. Those who enjoy a full meal read will find 'The Unrequited' satiates their intellectual hunger. All in all a damn good read!

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