Wow! This blog post relates to a recent e-mail I received from Bob Pickles, the WW I history writer. But first our history:
On June 21, 2014, Bob Pickles wrote a review of my memoir ‘We Don’t Talk About That.’
“Giselle Roeder’s book is a vital piece of the jigsaw of suffering in World War II (& representative of civilian suffering in all conflicts). It could well have been a story of the tragedy endured by Jews, Gypsies or Polish intelligentsia perpetrated by the Nazis. If it (the book) were not so harrowing, it should be desired reading in schools & given the same historical, literary importance as “The Diary of Anne Frank.” To be read alone with a strong drink perhaps. – (it is) A fine testament to the unquenchable spirit of survival & hope with the help of a few ‘angels’ along the way.”
This is just an excerpt from his review. Reading it gave me goose bumps. I thanked him with all my heart and this started an occasional e-mail exchange. He was not happy with the ending of my book – so he has been encouraging me to write a sequel. He is not the only one. Many of my readers keep asking. A now ninety-year-old lady, who bought and gave away fifty-seven copies of my book, begs for the continuation to read before she dies.
A few months ago Bob Pickles asked me for help with translations of German expressions for the newest book in his series of WWI, “The Foster Family in the Great War.” I happily obliged. Since I didn’t know many of the profanities soldiers might have used I had asked several German-speaking writer friends. One was Elisabeth Marion, a WWII history writer. Her most famous book is “The Night I danced with Rommel.” Bob Pickles was happy with my translations. I thought nothing of it, I love helping someone. Anyone!
A few days ago I received a surprising e-mail from Bob:
Hi Giselle, just to let you know my latest (8th) WW1 novel is published on Amazon as both a paperback and as a Kindle edition. Entitled “Vimy” – a novel of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry’s attack on Vimy Ridge 1917 – I have dedicated it inside to you.
If you “Look Inside” the book on the sample on Kindle, the parts you kindly translated into colloquial German are found in the first few chapters.
Wow! A book by Robert S. Pickles, a serious UK history writer, dedicated to meee? Never, ever did I think any book would ever be dedicated to me.
I’m tickled pink – I tink I’m pickled. Thank you, Bob Pickles. I will recommend your book to the Canadian Legion; I would think a number of the Canadian veterans will also be tickled pink to read about the Princess Pat’s Light Infantry role at Vimy Ridge.
Gisele! You could not have had a higher accolade than this which you got from Bob Pickles. You are a world acclaimed author and I am so proud to say that we are friends!!
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wonderful, Giselle, to learn that a fellow author has found such a lovely way to recognize you for your help with his latest work/ I too am happy to say we are friends, and if there’s any way for our world to live through these dark times and enter a better future, it’ll be through increased networks of friendship spanning the globe, culminating in massive, combined efforts to put those addicted to power and wealth who aim to use the rest of us to accomplish their self serving goals, OUT OF ‘office,’ while we still can…
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It seems that the “next” generations are waking up. So don’t see everything in black, Afiena, the sun is still shining! We should be “aware”, yes, but I have lived through worse times and life is still alright. Yes, both of you, Claudette and Afiena, are my friends.
Wonderful, Giselle! This author community never ceases to amaze. Such a generous lot, and you’re one of the gems!
This is so encouraging, Giselle. Congratulations to you. I find this so very heart-warming. You should get your book into the library system, if you haven’t already.
Congratulations Giselle…nobody deserves this accolade more than you..I am so happy for you..
Thrilled for you, Giselle! What a wonderful accolade – and well-deserved – ‘We Don’t Talk About That’ is a brilliant book, and yes, it should be read in schools!