Active Goodness

Active Goodness ISBN: 9788494754838, Kwill Books, an e-book by Edward Abel Smith.

The author has provided a remarkable “true story of how Trevor Chadwick, Doreen Warriner & Nicholas Winton rescued thousands from the Nazis.” And, following a direct quote from Winton, “There is a difference between passive goodness and active goodness. The latter is, in my opinion, the giving of one’s time and energy in the alleviation of pain and suffering. It entails going out, finding and helping those who are suffering and in danger and not merely leading an exemplary life, in a purely passive way of doing no wrong”, he embarks upon a minutely detailed description of the horrendous job assumed and brought to fruition by these courageous and self-sacrificing individuals. Most interestingly, and quite lacking frequently in similar stories, is the ‘closure’ offered to the reader in the concluding chapters by providing the subsequent activities of the protagonists as well as that of many of their ‘saved ones’. The mechanics of presentation actually are quite scholarly in that biographical details are set forth in a fairly straightforward manner supported by a large number of references. Simultaneously however, the author has managed to present the protagonists and many of the other characters in a manner that makes them ‘come alive’ so considerable empathy is engendered within the reader. A few proofing errors do not interfere with the flow of the tale.

Conclusion: The substance of this book perhaps is most succinctly described by A, Mann: “To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike.” Specifically, it presents historical interlocking biographies of somewhat disparate individuals in an authentic, yet remarkably empathetic presentation aficanados most certainly will enjoy.

5* Empathetically presented historical interlocking biographies of remarkable individuals.

Sunset on the Butte

Sunset on the Butte, an e-book in the romance genre set in and around Cascade, Montana probably sometime in the latter half of the 19th Century written and published by Patricia Prinzing.

Pearl Butler arrives by stage in Cascade to join and share a home with her sister Mildred and encounters all sorts of experiences, both life-threatening and those of overwhelming joy and happiness. The stage is robbed on her initial journey, she meets a handsome young rancher in a rather embarrassing manner and marries him. She is abducted by gypsies, sealed in a barrel and thrown into a river, attacked by Indians, meets jewelry thieves when visiting New Orleans among other experiences all while attempting to live a ‘normal’ life. This is a relatively short read with a story line that consists of a series of activities indulged in by the protagonist, her relatives and acquaintances. The characters are not particularly well developed, several appear literally in name only and/or in very short vignettes, and interrelationships do not seem to be ‘naturally’ developed. As a whole it is a simply told tale the author describes as “…my spin on how things might have been in the 1800’s” and as such, no doubt will appeal to the group of readers that enjoy such homely couched tales. A most interesting note: this author is one of the very few ever to include the presence of gypsies within America West in the 1800’s – an immigration that began early in the century.

2* Homely, somewhat ‘uncomfortably’ presented romance no doubt with appeal to certain readers.