Big Diehl Reunion
August long Weekend Aug. We've had some memorable reunions in Cypress River, one of the original places Diehls came to in Manitoba. There are no Diehls left there now. The Diehls have spread out across the country. We picked Souris as a central place where the Diehl's have had some history. We now have a firmer schedule of events. We switched the genealogy to Sat, as some people can only attend one day.
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Send us your contact information, email or postal mail, any way we can contact you to make sure you get updates. Yes, I wrote it. I've lately been reminded that potential readers of this book should be aware that it is included, almost verbatim, in the novel, "Big Diehl: Feb 05, Jon rated it really liked it Shelves: An absolute, must-read for anyone wondering the impact of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". Diehl, a country boy from Laramie, Wyoming, a place of nowhere possibilities to come into himself, to know himself.
Diehl is aware of his desire for other boys, but like most his age, striking out after high school, looking for a place to land and feeling "alone" in the world and just wanting to get the hell outta his hometown and away from a father that's given up on life - enlists in the Army. He ends up in Casper, Wyoming, enlists in the Army, but has to wait a couple weeks until the Army will take him.
They take him in, where he meets Tony, an older waif who was dishonorably discharged from the Marine Corps on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," charges. The horrors of the war - iEDs, grenade-launchers, the killing of innocents is covered enough to give the reader a clear picture of what the protagonist experiences, but doesn't dwell too long or too deeply to become morbid. A word of caution - one must get through the author's clipped prose a few pages deep to get comfortable in the author's voice, then all falls into place and it's a wonderful read, full of internal angst of spending six years in the military, all the while searching for his inner self.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, not what I expected and definately not the highly charged, sexually exploided offering one might assume based on the cover in the military - yet a story that delves into the interpersonal struggles faced in an environment where one must still remain "in the closet". I will definately look for more by George Seaton. Feb 12, Indigo rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dielh is a very moving character. So looking forward to read more about him. The writing is outstanding. Big Diehl pronounced Big Deal escapes his going-nowhere ranch life in Laramie, Wyoming the day after he graduated high school.
But leaving does not erase the emotional pain inflicted by eighteen years of life with his trailer-trash father. While waiting for the army to process his paperwork, he is temporarily adopted by a pair of hospitable lesbians who own a local bar. They put him up at their ranch whe Big Diehl pronounced Big Deal escapes his going-nowhere ranch life in Laramie, Wyoming the day after he graduated high school.
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Diehl finds Army life satisfying except for the need to hide his sexuality. Opportunities come and go with other desperately lonely souls like himself. He takes advantage of some, not others. The need for stealth limits all relationships to a one-time thing.
The horrors of war and Army life shape Diehl into a man, a troubled man to be sure, but none the less a man of grit. But does he have the will to fashion a more satisfying life, one where he can settle down with one man? I found this to be a satisfying read. The characters and situations are believable.
This story makes a strong and clear statement about the emotional pain suffered by brave men and women honorably serving their county. I found this read occasionally touching without becoming overly so. And although the ending is not happily ever after, it was a strong and sensible conclusion. In addition to being emotionally stratifying, I found this story extremely well structured and well written.
The character of Diehl is well drawn and completely likable. If I have any minor complaint about this story is that some of the other characters could have had more depth. My only other complaint is that the story is a bit short, about 85 pages. I saw many opportunities to expand the story into something longer, but hey. I highly recommend Big Diehl. Nov 01, Charly rated it really liked it. I often find large skips in time awkward in writing, but Seaton does well here, especi Warning: I often find large skips in time awkward in writing, but Seaton does well here, especially for a novella-length story.
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They are well-written, though. Mar 26, Lee rated it liked it. The story told in Big Diehl has a very honest, and a very real feel to it. Dealing with the US military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy is part of the struggles the protagonist faces while he tries to find his place in the world.
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Seaton has a very clean and straight-forward approach to his prose and while there were times that I'd wished for healthier transitions between location changes and subject changes, I soon adapted and didn't allow that to affect my reading. Oh, by the way, I love the The story told in Big Diehl has a very honest, and a very real feel to it.
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Oh, by the way, I love the protagonist's name. Big Diehl is a very good book and I enjoyed reading it. I give it three stars. Jan 15, Enjee rated it really liked it Shelves: Great story and characters, however you should save your money and buy Big Diehl: The Road Home instead, since this short story is completely encapsulated within the longer novel. That's a good story, too. Aug 30, Penny rated it liked it.