The question arises: Does my novel deserve the company of The Alexandria Quartet, The Sound and the Fury, The Hamlet, The Moviegoer, Ulysses, Island, The Plumed Serpent, Howard’s End, A Farewell To Arms and I, Claudius, to name a few of its new companions? That, of course, depends on your reception of the book. But, I believe that placing The Lübecker in front of my great-grandfather’s indispensable Parsen’s, a book that took him through manhood and worldly success, announces that someone in the family found the time to write a book.
Finally, allow me to quote Lawrence Durrell:
And if it should be discovered eventually that I was not entirely successful, I hope that somewhere in an attic a young writer sits and sees in the [Alexandria] Quartet a model for the great novel of our time which he then writes.
I’ll keep The Lübecker in the heirloom case, behind its glass doors, in the event a great-grandchild of mine finds himself or herself sitting in front of it and decides to write “the great novel of our time.” Or, his or her time.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Born and raised in Florida, M.J. Joseph maintains membership in the English Goethe Society, the Siegfried Sassoon Society and other literary associations. He is a supporter-member of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature, as well as an Associate of Lincoln Cathedral. Prior to retiring, Joseph enjoyed a lengthy and rewarding career with an industrial firm where he served as CEO and managed the company’s merger with a larger international corporation. He divides his time between Europe and his home on Florida’s northern coast. M.J. Joseph and his wife Ann have two children
Visit his website at www.mjjoseph.net
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