— inflicted by one’s own society —
— dealt by one’s own neighbors —
How does one person, simply trying to be “a good man,” conquer a rising maelstrom of mindless abuse, of hatred?
David, My David
is the saga of the victory over terror of Eduard Gottlieb Meyer.
A musical prodigy born to a traditional Hessian, German farm-family in 1921, Herr Meyer tells of a life extending from his early, halcyon years through the inter-war period, the ravages of the Hitler Time and World War II, and beyond, into post-war, neglectful Europe and the increasingly bipolar, 20th-century America faced by his expansive, Texas family.
On an odyssey marked by joy and sadness, despair and redemption, he survives through the personal strength he learns from his family and friends, from their faith in and dedication to others, as he asserts by his actions, even in darkest condition, that
Hatred is the laziest form of cowardice.™
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The late Dr. Franz Seidler, a Vienna-born American escapee from The Anschluss, who as a young lawyer in the US Army returned to Vienna in the 1950's to help draft the Constitution of the Republic of Austria, called Eduard Qualls "The only Renaissance man I've met in America." For more information, see the author's website: www.EduardQualls.com.
Neil Gaiman, long inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction, presents a bravura rendition of the Norse gods and their world from their origin though their upheaval in Ragnarok.
In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki—son of a giant—blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.
Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose, these gods emerge with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.