- File Size: 543 KB
- Print Length: 139 pages
- Publisher: Jim Stallings; 1 edition (November 29, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 29, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H0497AI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,951,525 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Entrenchers Kindle Edition
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The story focuses around Will's making in the Ninth Grade of a Super 8 movie, "The Entrenchers," in which he and his friends are actors in a movie written and directed by Will. The Ninth Graders take on Castro's imaginary invading forces in South Florida. The movie turns out to be quite a complex undertaking, what with getting the friends on board, enlisting help from adults who could help, accommodating adults who wanted to run the show without actually allowing them to do this, and Will's conflict between the "good girl" and the "tempting girl." But, the making of the movie itself is all about Will's obsessions and handwringing. In the end, the book could have been entitled "The Redemption of Will Magnuson."
One thing I found annoying was reading the script portion in its vertical format. Had this book been available as a paperback, I would have taken a pencil and marked out the words so that I could read for meaning without having to spend so much time and effort finding the words. (Other readers may not find this to be a frustrating issue.)
Although written for young adults, there is plenty here that will cause Baby Boomers to reflect. I look back on my family vacations around 1960, and remember no air conditioning, and lots of two lane highways. But I also remember that my parents would buy bags of ice and cups so we could stay relatively comfortable (and hydrated); we went to different places each summer, usually National Parks; we stopped at the fun places for meals and overnight. Funny how fiction by comparison can make one appreciate one's childhood much more.
Polio. Treated in a humorous way in this book, it really was a very serious thing before the Salk vaccine. I think of my wheelchair-bound high school Latin teacher. More than that, I think of my former husband, who contracted polio one year before the Salk vaccine was introduced. I think the physical and psychological scars from that have affected many people, in a sort of ripple effect.
Boomers will remember the Bay of Pigs fiasco; the construction of the Berlin Wall (and our children remember when it came down); the Cuban missile crisis; landscapes dotted with ICBMs; the civil defense drills; and the bomb shelters, which really would have done nothing. In short, the threat of Armageddon is something with which Boomers grew up. After Viet Nam, we were lulled into a sense of complacency. But it has become clear the threat remains.
The author's take home message for readers of all ages: "Peace really should be this democratic nation's true Profession."