A Haunting Beauty: Vietnam Through the Eyes of an Artist by James John Magner

By James John Magner

A Haunting Beauty is the tale of Jim Magner, artist and strive against platoon chief. the 2 conflicting identities need to coexist in a global of lurking hazards, very good characters and unique attractiveness. by no means sooner than has there been a primary individual account of wrestle during the eyes of an artist. The wrestle adventure hasn't ever been so vividly portrayed via certain identities. Nam is the place the motion is—the final try out for the younger lieutenant. For the painter, warfare is destruction and discomfort, the antithesis of paintings, yet he involves remember that he'll need to minimize during the jungles, wade the rivers, and face demise to get past floor appearances. Jim Magner attracts the reader deep into his own international of conflicts and conquests with crisp writing and a glance at strive against that fascinates, elates, and now and then, stuns. The platoon chief needs to confront the stark realities of survival whereas the artist sees either the gorgeous and the terrible via colour and contrasts, and because the composition of a piece of paintings. He discovers the quiet dignity of the warriors, nurses, and purple pass “Donut Dollies” in addition to their inevitable conflicts and dependencies whereas they struggle to outlive in a primitive position. Set in 1966, this can be a riveting, hugely inventive memoir that's eventually no longer approximately conflict, or perhaps Vietnam. It’s a narrative of ways attractiveness and artwork outline what it's to be human—how we engage, consider, or even struggle. It’s approximately how conflict brings out the simplest and worst, captured in the course of the eyes of the artist-soldier. It’s a narrative of human feelings: pleasure, worry, anger, disappointment, and love. And it’s strangely humorous. you'll come away with a brand new appreciation of the way artwork and wonder are necessary to either the human spirit and the environment—especially in a strive against quarter.

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After about an hour, Bernie said, ‘Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, we’re going to take a break now. ’ What? It turned out that the regulars were in the habit of buying drinks for the band and leaving them on the piano top – so within sixty minutes I had four pints to get through. By the time I drank them, they’d been replaced by three more and a couple of Scotches. I started drinking the spirits after that, because the sheer volume of the beer was killing me. At the end of the night I got on my bicycle to ride home.

It was proper money, £3 a night – bear in mind that when you are at school and the average pocket money is half a crown, £3 is serious dosh. And this outfit worked three nights a week, mainly over the weekend. It was an unusual line-up – guitar, drums, piano and clarinet – but people didn’t mind in those days. This latest band was called the Concorde Quartet and the first problem was that, until I joined, it was a trio. It was run by a guy called Bernie Vick, a drummer in his early twenties who lived with his mum and dad in South Harrow.

Mervyn Conn. I never got paid. I took a view on it: I was young, inexperienced and here was a chance to play sessions for the BBC with some of the world’s top players. The £12 would have been wonderful but I still thought I was doing well. Years later, I bumped into James and we were laughing about Mervyn and the non-needle-time days. These revered veterans had a genuine affection for those days and felt privileged to have learned so much from them. ’ ‘You know what, Rick? ’ How did a sixteen-year-old come to be playing in a pub with some of the country’s best musicians, you ask?

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