- File Size: 2370 KB
- Print Length: 320 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Xlibris (November 29, 2010)
- Publication Date: November 29, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004FPZ5CE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,420,345 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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EVERY TOWN NEEDS A CASTLE: Especially When Built of Recycled Junk and Spunk Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Michael spent his entire life building the quintessential American castle, or at least the essential California version of it. A recently found letter from old friend Ted Shepherd thanked him for building a place where "older boys and girls (that is, you and me!) can again be young and once more be charged with the energy of wonder and happiness that accompany children..."
This is the type of tribute that comes across from everyone who knew him, as Michael welcomed one and all. Whatever your station in life in the outside world, you had a place at Rubel Castle.
Michael was even up to the challenge of entertaining true European royalty. When Prince Philip visited Rubel Castle in the 1980s, Michael proudly gave him a tour, but humbly offered, "I know my castle can fit in one of your fire places." He could even make a prince laugh.
The title of the book was chosen deliberately. It is a remembrance of a remarkable recent history, lived by the author, which carries forth his passionate hope for what could be, if we but had a teacher and friend like Michael Rubel in our lives.
In the words of friend Criswell Guldberg: "When Michael left the planet, the world lost one of it's most unique people. He was the unwilling recipient of the charismatic gene that attracted many people. Those of us fortunate enough to have crossed paths with him were the chosen ones. We got lucky.Read more ›
You really should have been there, but instead you can read this book. The Grandpa wisdom is worth the price of the book alone. Those days are gone forever, but they remain alive in this book.
The patriarch and owner was Michael Clark Rubel. Many people helped Michael recycle the junk, but there were five principals who were especially important. Dwayne Hunn was one of the principals. His book chronicles their collective experience. In his book, Dwayne addresses three questions: What was Michael's inspiration? How did Michael's dream become reality? And, why does every town need a castle?
Dwayne addresses the first and second questions in a wondrous tale that is humorous and entertaining, and makes the reader eager to turn each page. The third question is equally entertaining but is discussed with more subtlety than the first two questions.
Dwayne Hunn's work shows rather than tells the reader the story of young Michael's dream. Dwayne shows the reader how Michael's dream not only never went away but became Michael's life work.Read more ›
While creating their Castle, the real-life builders, led by the indomitable, resourceful Michael, entertain themselves with capers, adventures, mischief and funny stories, all with a heavy Mark Twain vibe.
In the interest of full disclosure, I admit to knowing the author since Peace Corps Training at an abandoned girl's summer camp in the "outback" of Brattleboro Vermont, where we learned Urdu, Bengali and Hindi and how to build in Third World nations, hoping to save them.
But our most formidable project there, was building a stone bridge river crossing to access the nearest roadside bar. Good experience but not very transferable to Pakistan, Afghanistan or India. But I'm sure that rock-piling lesson in Vermont helped Dwayne immensely later in So Cal.
The JFK inspired spirit that we all had back in the Brattleboro days has stayed with us in different ways under different circumstances. Dwayne amusingly chronicles that spirit and "phun" enjoyed with his group of "Merry Men" while creating the Castle.
Read "Every Town Needs a Castle" and you will share in the spirit and "phun" they all had. AND, as Grandpa said in Chapter Two, "A truth in hand is worth two in the bush."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I’ve been reading Every Town Needs a Castle. I finished your other book and enjoyed it also. I like your style of writing. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Richard J. Shenk
This is one of the most unique books I have ever read -
starts with a rather obscure storyline and proceeds to develop a wonderful journey of freedom, dedication, and... Read more
A castle, beyond your wildest dreams, built from junk and objects found, roads paved with old railroad ties, towers capable of withstanding southern California earthquakes. Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by James Kline
One of the blessings of my life is to have had Michael Clarke Rubel for a little brother. What a brother to have had! Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by Sancho Panza
Love this book. We went to the High School where the author taught and visited the castle frequently. I enjoyed the book and passed it around to friends. Thanks Dwayne.Published on November 1, 2013 by Melinda
In this wonderful book Dr.Hunn exposes to readers today what the old fashioned values of Hard Work, tenacity, inventiveness and an can do attitude yielded to turn a reservoir into... Read morePublished on March 24, 2012 by Buster
Never mind castles in Spain. How about one smack in the middle of the `burbs of California? And how about instead of quarried stone it's made with every dadblamed thing handy,... Read morePublished on January 22, 2012 by Dr. Thomas J. King
I have known Dwayne Hunn, the author, since 1972 when he was my teacher in High School. He lived at "The Castle" with Michael and the rest of the gang. Read morePublished on January 19, 2012 by Katharine7