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Fanfare for a soldier - Randy Lowen

Creative non-fictionPosted by editor Sat, March 20, 2010 16:58:40
Reflections on and reactions to Fanfare for a soldier.

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Posted by Phil Sun, July 07, 2013 11:54:39

Sadly, Randy has passed away. However, this piece of nonfiction, from our first issue, will stay with me a long time. Excellent writing from an excellent writer.

Posted by Randy Lowens Sun, February 06, 2011 12:58:33

I regret I haven't noticed this comment and responded sooner. This story is not fiction. I never wrote the son, because, as a respected citizen of the town, to say this...isn't fond of his father's former drinking companion. Even after ten years, I changed the names and had it published, but never mailed it. The young man has a right to be left alone. Thank you for your generous comments. Randy Lowens

Posted by Nick Le Mesurier Fri, April 16, 2010 13:29:59

I found this a strong and engaging portrait of a Vietnam Vet'. I could sense the strange, man-to-man sympathy between them: a difficult thing to evoke without it being sentimental or too easily explained. I wasn't quite sure why it had taken the narrator ten years to write his letter, but in a way that added to the mystery. Thanks.