I sort of lived through those years but wasn't following the historical texture and changes in policy, etc. Along the way it inspired me to rent and view the 1955 James Stewart movie, "Strategic Air Command" which was... interesting. Big-deal wide-screen Technicolor, not-quite-docudrama, not-quite-propaganda. Lots of shots of what I believe to have been real B-36's and B-47's. Stewart was sorta-kinda before my time but this movie made me realize he was quite a good actor--not the kind of actor who turns into another person, but the kind of actor who retains his identity but convinces you that everything is really happening. For example, when he was on the phone I was always convinced he was really talking to someone; not so for June Allyson. I was also intrigued by how the screenwriters attacked the problem of how to create a sense of drama without anyone actually firing a shot in anger. And indeed--reading "Command and Control"--how amazingly the film completely avoided ever mentioning nuclear weapons.
Sorry if I gave you a bum steer. If it's boring, forget it. 25% is a good sample, if it hasn't grabbed you by then it probably isn't going to.market timer wrote:...Tried reading The Way of All Flesh, after all the Nisiprius quotes from that book. Really struggled to get into it, maybe because I have so little background in Christianity. Gave up after reading 25%. Might return to it...
I mean, you've gotten to the part about "Why cannot we be buried as eggs in neat little cells with ten or twenty thousand pounds each wrapped round us in Bank of England notes, and wake up, as the sphex wasp does, to find that its papa and mamma have not only left ample provision at its elbow, but have been eaten by sparrows some weeks before it began to live consciously on its own account?"
If you decide to go on, the Christianity stuff is not too important, except you need to notice that he is just as irreverent about it as he is about parent-child relationships, etc. You don't need to understand any of the theological points--I don't. You just need to be aware that you are reading a book about a time, place, and subculture that took minute details of Christian theology seriously and had all of these various squabbling factions.