Thursday, July 7, 2011
A Book and a Chat with Hugh Aaron
My guest today Hugh Aaron, was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, is a graduate of The University of Chicago where his professors encouraged him to pursue a literary career. However, after three years serving in World War II, he made his living as CEO of his own manufacturing business while continuing to write. Since he sold his business in 1984 he has devoted full time to his writing resulting so far in two novels, a travel memoir, a short story collection, two collections of business essays, a book of movie reviews, a child's book and a letter collection. Add to that the numerous full length and one-act stage plays, screenplays and his collection of five novellas entitled "QUINTET" and you will see that the career has indeed been followed.
His latest novel “Stories from a Lifetime” is indeed that a selection of stories ranging from one page to fifty pages written by Hugh during the years that he came upon one day hidden away in a draw.
About Stories from a Lifetime:
The book carries readers through a widely diverse series of life’s peaks and valleys with poignant, clear-eyed vision and understanding that is only gradually gained across the course of a lifetime through endurance and honest appraisal of the emotional rollercoaster that we all ride.
Hugh Aaron delicately reveals the world through the innocent eyes of a young boy, through those of a soldier far from home during wartime, and those of a struggling businessman and faltering husband. He is unafraid to reveal panic beneath a façade of success, the deep and hollow sadness that may exist in an outwardly happy marriage, the yearning we feel to make a break for freedom from the rat race, the unexpected emotional responses that shift lives far beyond the expected course of events.
These stories form a welcome, and increasingly rare, honest, grounded, and beautifully written collection that will touch nerves while sympathizing with what it means to be human.
With each story written over fifty five years, at a different period of Hugh’s life, being inspired by what issues that were uppermost in his mind at the time. In a sense, the totality of the collection is a disguised autobiography.
The book is a great read, being short stories it provides a lot of stopping points for those of us who are busy moms or just busy and on the go without a lot of reading time at once. I enjoyed the wide range of subjects of his stories. They were written over a lifetime and you can see that when you read them. Some of them are wise and thought provoking, and others reflect characters that are still very much seeking answers.
All of the stories are well written and written with honesty and heart.
So listen to an interesting and hugely entertaining show as I spend thirty minutes sharing "A Book and a Chat with Hugh Aaron"
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