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WHEN WARS WERE WON
About the Book:
Hal Arnold, a professor of English, returns to the Philippines after forty years yearning for the unity, spirit and optimism he knew as a 19- year-old member of a Seabee battalion in the South Pacific theater during World War II. Trying to recapture that experience, he writes this story, vividly portraying members of the battalion who impacted his life. Searching for his own identity, he finds it in the warm, rich culture of a small Filipino village where love and dignity thrive among a people who have suffered under the Japanese yoke.
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“But you love the hacienda so much,” she protested, sitting up, yet holding onto my hand.
“I do. But I can’t live in this country, not the way it is. Nothing has changed, no one is better off than they were forty years ago. Corruption and cronyism are the system. It’s suffocating, don’t you see? I miss the freedom, its very atmosphere. I hadn’t realized how much. There’s a vibrancy at home. It’s part of me. So come home with me.”
“At my age, leave the hacienda?” she said, waving her hand. “I would never adjust to a strange place. I couldn’t die anywhere else.”
“I understand,” I said.
“When will you let me read your story?” she asked the night before I departed.
“I’ll leave it with you and you can send it to me.”
“Do you think it will be published?”
“Does it matter? I asked. “I wanted only to write it, nothing more.”
Tomorrow Nina will drive me to Manila. Tomorrow I shall go home for the second time, feeling no less anxious than the first, when Fortune drove me to Subic Bay. Tomorrow will be our second good-bye, and our last. Tomorrow.
Interview with the Author:
What initially got you interested in writing?
Ever since high school I loved to write my English teacher’s writing assignments.
How did you decide to make the move into being a published author?
I distributed my early self-published books among friends, then received glowing reviews in my local newspapers. Eventually The Wall Street Journal published my articles in one of their columns.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
From my essays learning how to succeed in your efforts. For fiction, simply enjoying reading my novel and learning from it. For my short stories, experience the human condition.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
Expressing myself through the written word.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Communicating to the reader a special and unique experience.
What advice would you give to people want to enter the field?
Be patient. Don’t let failure get you down. Keep writing.
What ways can readers connect with you?
By reading my novels, short stories and essays. They will reveal the vicissitudes of life as well as my own and those of people I have known.
About the Author:
of Chicago where his professors encouraged him to pursue a literary career. However, he made his living as CEO of his own manufacturing business while continuing to write. He sold the company in 1985 to write full time. To date he has written two novels, a travel journal, a short story collection, a book of business essays, a book of his WWII letters, a child’s book in verse and a collection of movie reviews. The Wall Street Journal also published eighteen of his articles on business
management and one on World War II. He resides by the sea in mid-coast Maine
with his artist wife.