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The Women Who Loved John Benson by William Flagg Magee
This is a story of one's man's journey searching for love. His journey starts with the death of his wife. John Benson is a photojournalist and has many adventures in his life. He becomes successful and wealthy but it doesn't help with his grief that does not abate. His wife was Mimi and he has a daughter named Grace. John reflects on his life, researches his ancestry and goes on a journey of introspection. Much is written about his agony on losing Mimi. He meets various women- Gail, Evie and Lilly who changes his life. John loves each one and they bring love into his life. Each woman has her own unique personality which heals John's grief. He also agonizes over his memories. There are a lot of descriptions about his love-making with all of his women. This story ends well and John eventually heals himself.
I was confused by the Prologue. It didn't seem to have any connection with the subject of the book. Bill Magee shows his extensive knowledge of aviation in the pilot's chatter with Air Traffic Control. This seems to have something to do with a terrorist attack by a release of Ebola virus (not bacteria) over a populated area. This Chappelle fellow commits suicide by slamming the Lear Jet into a mountain.
This is an interesting book. It explores all of the emotions and beliefs of the author. The love-making wasn't too bad, either. Smile.
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I enjoyed the entire book. Wished it was longer. I typically read horror and fantasy, but this was a great break. Finished quickly. Hope the author does more work. Would love to know what happened to get the pilot into the situation described in the first of the book.
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Is life successful if you haven't accomplished the one thing you set out to do?
In the insightful novel The Elephant Hunter, by William Flagg Magee, Willy appears to have led a full life. He was remythologized as the result of a very unexpected series of events that he had been seeking for 58 years. His lifelong friends share in his successes and failures, but quietly hope he will find what he had sought throughout their many years of friendship: the emptiness Willy sought to fill.
In the end, Willy's story teaches us that we cannot force relationships, but must learn forgiveness and surrender. According to T.S Elliott, we can change the meaning of our most painful memories by simply accepting them.
About the Author:
William Flagg Magee was born in Reno, NV. Raised by his paternal Grandmother and her sister, he grew up in San Mateo, CA. His parents lived on a cattle ranch 200 miles East of Reno, The Grass Valley Ranch. The author was sent to boarding school in Massachusetts and later New Jersey. He graduated from The University of Nevada with a BA in Far Eastern History and an alleged minor in English Literature. Magee began to write under the pseudonym Simeon Hoe, having published Finding the Illusion and Death Under the Desert. Two or three years prior to writing Finding The Illusion the author was asked to speak with a young woman who attempted suicide. She was the inspiration for the story Finding the Illusion. William Magee resides in Dallas, TX with his wife. They have two grown sons. The author is involved in community service as a lay chaplain and as a "Doula", Palliative Care Team, at The Baylor University Medical Center. Read many of Balzac's short stories and novels as well as those of Wilbur Smith influenced Magee's writing style.