Saturday, April 03, 2010
Book Review for Peter Wright Blog Tour
Peter Wright has not only lived a compelling life filled with exciting tales to tell, he is a natural-born storyteller. In Triumphs and Tragedies, Wright lays out a banquet of fascinating stories, thoughtfully told. Each story is one to be savored.
Wright possesses the gift of a spellbinding voice, and the times that he evokes- Great Britain in World War II, sailing the seas before the advent of modern technology, an English boys' boarding school-are vivid and powerful.
Those who sail or simply love the sea shouldn't waste any time; you'll fall in love with this book. Those who don't will find themselves drawn in to an unexpected love affair with the maritime world-though Wright's accounts are far from idealized or romanticized. The characters, though often glimpsed only briefly, are rendered so three-dimensionally you'll start to think they're members of your family whom you had somehow forgotten.
Anyone who loves a good true yarn, expertly conjured, will feel rewarded by Peter Wright's Triumphs and Tragedies. Published by iUniverse, the publication contains some copy errors, but these detract little from Wright's intriguingly raw yet polished and captivating work.
The Hot Air Quarterly
Peter Wright was born in Wallasey, England in 1926, eight years after the end of World War I, a conflict which left a profound impression on him, not only because his Uncle Tom had been killed during the last offensive, but because of the appalling slaughter that he, even at an early age, considered senseless. His father, a marine engineer, died at sea following a collision with another ship.
After six years at a Dominican boarding school for boys, Blackfriars, where his mother hoped he would enter the Catholic priesthood, he went to sea as a deck apprentice with Elder Dempster Lines of Liverpool. Three years after gaining his Masters certificate, he immigrated to the United States where he worked as Port Captain, Stevedore Superintendent and Marine Surveyor.
His social drinking at sea eventually turned into addictive drinking after his arrival in the U.S. It went ignored for several years, but loss of jobs and family made it clear that he was on the road to self-destruction. Frequent visits to hospital and Recovery Clinics and a deep-seated belief in his own spirituality convinced him that Alcoholics Anonymous was his only salvation. And that is where he got sober.
He retired in 1991 and lives in Northern California.