Monday, July 30, 2007

Wings of Morning. Thomas Childers. 02

Significant sentences from Wings of Morning by Thomas Childers, the story of the last American bomber shot down over Germany in WWII.

Why "significant sentences"? The single sentence can contain the essence of a paragraph, of a chapter, sometimes of an entire book. In this blog, the reader will find the single sentences that I believe are most interesting in Thomas Childers' Wings of Morning, the story of the last U.S. bomber shot down over Germany in World War II. Each of these selected sentences, while obviously related to preceding and following sentences, can stand on its own merit as an idea. As Boswell said of one of Dr. Johnson's works, "...almost every sentence...may furnish a subject of long meditation."

"For all those who did not come back, and those who miss them still." p. 1.

Epigraph: "If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;/ Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me./ If I say, surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me./ Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee, but the night shineth as the day...." Psalm 139. p. 2.

"And in the end, of course, a true war story is never about war...but about love and memory and sorrow." Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried. p. 2.

Gone for a Soldier

Thomas Childers: "...I have followed the trail of the letters and photographs all across the U.S., to New York and Illinois and Florida to Maine and Mississippi and California." p. 4.

Thomas Childers: "The letters led to other letters in other houses, buried in the vaults of memory for about fifty years and to sheaves of documents in Washington and St. Louis and Montgomery." p. 4.

Thomas Childers: "The letters led to a deserted air base in England." p. 4.

Thomas Chlders: "The letters led to a field in Germany." p. 4.

Thomas Chilers: "...into the world of momentous events he had only read about or seen in the newsreels." p. 8.

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