Spoils of War: A Trans-Atlantic Tale

Spoils of War: A Trans-Atlantic Tale

by Peter Rowley

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ISBN-13: 9780955091506
Publisher: Fydell Press
Publication date: 11/28/2005
Edition description: PETER ROWLEY
Pages: 183
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

The author, Peter Rowley, is a well-known reviewer, writer and playwright. Books include New Gods in America (McKay), 1971; Ken Rosewall: Twenty Years at the Top (Putnam and Cassell), 1976; The Chronicles of the Rowleys (HLHS), 1995, and Spoils of War: A Trans-Atlantic Tale (Fydell), 2005. His play, God Save England, was performed at the Nat Horne Theatre in New York City in 1993 and at the Priory Centre in St. Neots, England. Mr. Rowley has 128 published reviews for various publications including the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Nation and Christian Century. He has written 46 articles for various publications including Mademoiselle, The Nation, New Statesman, New Republic, The Spectator and Catholic Digest. As a photographer, a limited number of Mr. Rowley's photos have appeared in books and magazines including one in the Wimbledon Tennis Museum.

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"A devastating commentary on the decline of the English upper class."--(Warren Adler, author of The War of the Roses)

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Spoils of War 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hemingway doing Bertie Wooster This is an enjoyable book which describes a varied life in England then in America then back to England including glimpses of some interesting and prominent people. I couldn't put it down. It starts out as a saga of a young boy who seems to remember everything, recalling his childhood impressions of people and places then his later reflections on them. Peter describes his experiences of growing up, his emerging understanding of himself and his sexuality and the reality of his dual American-English life. His descriptions of maturing in east-coast United States includes interesting stories of his personal adventures and a new perspective on aspects of my own life where Peter's and mine intersected. I first met Peter in 1948 when I was a university student in Chicago and he was a schoolboy we were only just aware of each other's existence and had little interest in each other at that time. It was at that same time that I got to know Peter's mother Freda, my stepmother. I learned little then of her previous life in England. Peter's autobiography gave me a new look at that life with her land-owner husband which had been one of wealth and privilege. Pre-second-world-war life in England amongst a varied and sometimes bizarre group of family and friends was interesting and amusingly described. Tragedy in Peter's family and the trauma of his own removal from his familiar England is told with casual wit which only just hides the personal pain of his transition to his new life. Peter's descriptions of his often troubled interactions with my father (his stepfather) helped to give me a new perspective on my relationship with my father. Parts of the book were great fun to read as Peter does 'have a way with words' as I have written to Peter 'your descriptions of your perambulations around the US, England and elsewhere struck me that they were written like Hemingway doing Bernie Wooster, light and succinct'. He has a number of cryptic yet telling comments on various people one in particular which stands out in my memory is about my father during the war: 'he liked bombing the Germans'. I can recommend the book as varied, amusing and a worthwhile look at contrasts between English upper-class living and east-cost U.S. life, and the demands of growing up in a new country.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was delighted to receive and read through Peter Rowley's autobiography. It was surprising and dramatic. The experiences are often amazing and unpredictable. Mr. Rowley writes in a clear voice - frequently humorous, sometimes dramatic. It is a very remarkable book and I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peter Rowley's memoir is a compelling, humorous and occasionally provocative book. It gave me a surprising insight into English and American life. The characters are beautifully drawn, often touching and with two relations, tragic. I could not put it down.