Recent Reviews for Valdemar (Val) R Wake
My Voyage Around Spray with Apologies to Captn. Joshua Slocum (Book) - 12/14/2010 8:51:36 AM|
This is a memorable piece of Australian literature. I had expected a collection of sailors' yarns, mostly adventure and often perhaps too technical for the average dumb Landsman.
The funny thing is that I got it: from early sailing - Val must have been ten or younger then - on Brisbane's Moreton Bay to selling his beloved yacht Spray at a bargain price when he was a veteran living in Port Macquarie.
However, I enjoyed a lot more besides. I read about the author's father as a prominent figure in the earliest formation of Australian intelligence services. He also has some interesting memories of the war when Pearl Harbour and the Americans hit the sleepy town of Brisbane in 1941-42.
I read about early newspapers in Port Macquarie and the rather dreary townships we had before we got rich and used Victa Motor Mowers and owned in-ground swimming pools to improve the gardening, the exercise and the view.
Above all, the writer is a journalist of some decades experience around the world. Some journalists never learn to write English but this one certainly has. He is a delight to read and without the reader really knowing it, he gets a course in Australian history and the history of a few other countries such as Britain and Canada, without ever feeling the pain of learning. This is a book you will be glad to read and you will hope for a sequel from a writer who does his job so well. Grab a copy while you have the chance.
The Day Before Anzac Day (Short Story) - 4/2/2009 12:42:39 PM
Its a beautiful and moving story Val, you should write about when you and your fellow countrymen launched the First Anzaz Day celebratons in Canada's Arctic about forty years ago, standing up to you arses in snow and trying to keep the beer from freezing.
The Heresy Hunt (Short Story) - 3/17/2009 3:31:41 AM
On the Road to Yass (Short Story) - 2/26/2009 6:22:10 PM
A nice story, I like it.
Who Killed Captain Cook (Article) - 2/9/2009 4:14:29 AM
Everybody knows Peter Pan killed Captain Cook... or was that Captain Hook?????.... Never mind.
I am Here ( a story of old age) (Poetry) - 12/6/2011 8:29:08 PM
A great poem because it conveys the common feeling of not being taken seriously, which all humans feel. Enjoyed! ~Z.B.McClure
Australia Day 2010 (Poetry) - 2/11/2010 2:38:28 AM
This is a touching and moving poem.Congratulations on the birth of your grandson
I am Here ( a story of old age) (Poetry) - 1/8/2010 10:58:17 PM
Great Scott! We all have that little memory inside and we are sometimes surprised how time has gone by. It's hard for me to look at that guy in the mirror. Who is he? A great write Val. John M.D.
I am Here ( a story of old age) (Poetry) - 6/5/2009 10:53:39 AM
Wonderfully expressed. I enjoyed!
I am Here ( a story of old age) (Poetry) - 6/5/2009 2:37:55 AM
Great poem,a well written piece,take care
Love (Poetry) - 4/10/2009 2:35:31 AM
this is so powerful and insightful. I wish I'd written it. Great job. I'll visit again for sure.
Love (Poetry) - 4/9/2009 1:28:21 AM
Very beautiful and well written poem,take care
Love (Poetry) - 4/7/2009 5:15:51 AM
So beautiful and endearing. I love the poetic style and the romantic theme of husband/wife love shared.
Love (Poetry) - 4/6/2009 5:18:24 PM
Such love pours from a compassionate heart in this most beautiful piece....
Be always safe,
An Irish Song (Poetry) - 3/24/2009 6:50:04 AM
There is a folksy flavor to this wonderful poem. It is rich in imagery and invites the reader in with warmth. The welcoming feeling is nicely tempered by a certain control or restraint in the construction of this composition. There is wisdom that emanates from between the lines that can come only from experience. Looking forward to reading more.
White Bird Black Bird (Poetry) - 2/25/2009 2:23:43 AM
Excellent poem,take care
Arrivals and Departures (Poetry) - 2/25/2009 2:21:28 AM
Powerful poem,a well written piece,take care
Snow Angel (Poetry) - 2/12/2009 1:52:13 AM
A very well written and deep poem.take care
Dead Willows Mourn, (Poetry) - 2/9/2009 12:51:38 AM
I enjoy reading this poem,take care
Dead Willows Mourn, (Poetry) - 2/6/2009 4:26:59 PM
The sky pure red, fifty thousand dead, the drone of the lancasters as they fled, only five miles away the blood red sky, I was five, Yes, the Yeoman was right, to do the right, I was there and seen that bloody fight. Very vivid memories, the stench is still in my nostrils from them unseen burning faces, but then Dresden was much worse! No flags hanging in them churches, none left, Britain is helping to rebuild the more famous one now, it's a good welcoming sign, I think your Yoeman would really love it. Thank you for this memorable historic poem and Blessings! Jasmin Horst
Dead Willows Mourn, (Poetry) - 2/6/2009 3:03:28 PM
It was as if I was there-enjoyed very much!