Chapin, SC (PRWEB) September 27, 2012
Bill Bowen takes on the unenviable task of being unofficial historian of the United States, spokesman of Geechees from South Carolina’s Low Country, and the poet/prophet of happiness in the American cultural wilderness of lonely fools and doomsday children. He does not mess around with speculation and states the facts clearly but without malice or prejudice to any citizen of the country. Enjoining readers to remember Mr. Shakespeare’s words (“Laugh and the world laughs with you…cry and you cry alone.”), his reasons for enjoying the present and understanding the past are all worth their being inside the pages of Gleanings of an Old Geechee.
Eighty years of living on this earth has given Bill Bowen the might of experience, eighty years of watching the world and humanity has given his imagination the fertile stories with which to give back both (world and humanity) those eighty years of life. Much of the significant action and events in the book happened in and around Charleston, South Carolina during and after World War II. The stories are about fishing in the rivers and lakes which then teemed with fish and other wildlife. They are about living as his people lived in the fullness of time and God’s mercy.
Funny, profound, thought provoking and influenced by the great Lewis Grizzard, this book is most clearly meant to be a friend with which a reader can walk through life. Bill Bowen achieves everything he has thought to accomplish in this volume and more. Bill Bowen, poet and patriarch, speaks up without fear of offending God, and therefore is fearless in telling it all like it is, without fear of any man. (Anyway, who cares about fear when Bowen is ready to share a joke with anyone interested who happens along who wishes to spend the time of day?)
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About the Author
Bill Bowen is a “Geechee” born eighty years ago and raised in Charleston, the center of the “Low Country” of South Carolina. In addition to being born there, you have to love the very old homes, speak the distinctive dialect, eat rice, and worship your ancestors. His life was made near perfect by the addition of June, his “Island Girl” wife, their three daughters, seven grandchildren, and their numerous pets. He was educated at Mars Hill College in North Carolina, Furman University, and University of Hawaii, got married, and served in the army during the Korean Conflict. He, with a partner, owned a large food brokerage firm until he retired in 1983. He and his wife moved to Chapin, South Carolina, and enjoyed playing duplicate bridge, traveling, reading, and participating in the seniors’ programs at his church. He has been writing for more than twenty years and has been publishing; however, this is the first time he has put together a book.
Gleanings of an Old Geechee * by Bill Bowen
Publication Date: August 31, 2012
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