In the beginning there was a writer who published A SAILOR'S STORIES. Then he wanted to publish A SAILOR'S SHORT, SHORT STORIES composed of short, short stories he had already written buit he decided he couldn't because all the short, short stories that he included in his first book were considered by the readers to be poetry, whereas he had intended them as condensed versions of short stories and he didn't know anything about poetry. Since he couldn't call his second book A SAILOR'S SHORT, SHORT STORIES, if it turned out they were in fact poetry, he took another direction and decided to write a new book on his musings about religion and creation that he had written in his first book, A SAILOR'S STORIES, as PENUMBRA I and PENUMBRA II. PENUMBRA I being his story of creation and PENUMBRA II being his story of the origin of mankind. To make two long stories short, he had written them as short, short stories and readers referred to them as poetry. You may think this is a long and convoluted story but if I tried to tell it as a short, short story, you night think it was poetry and I'd be back where I started.
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AUTHOR’S NOTES: I want to make it perfectly clear; the stories in stage one of this book are unadorned fact, as true as my memory permits. These accounts constitute Naval History since they detail my servicein the destroyer, H.M.C.S. St. Laurent, when it was an escort for the first wartime convoy leaving Bedford Basin in September1939; my service in the destroyer, H.M.C.S. Saguenay, when she was torpedoed in December 1940; my service in H.M.S.Drake during the Plymouth Blitz and my service in the battleship H.M.S. Rodney during its bombardment of the German battleship, Bismark in May 1941.They are the reason I struggled to publish this book. Too many stories are being lost as Naval veterans die off: Let these not be among them. The stories in stage two are creative factual accounts of the postwarNavy. Stage three stories are vehicles to tell what it was like growing up in small town Saskatchewan in the 1930s. Stage four is the fictional product of my slightly deranged mind.
Others said : Moen, a veteran of WW2 and a long time serviceman decided in his eighties he should write a book and A Sailor’s Stories is the result. On December 1,1940, the HMCS Saguenay was torpedoed 300 miles west of Ireland by the Italian submarine Argo while escorting Convoy HG-47, and managed to return to Barrow-in-Furness largely under her own power, but with 19 dead and without most of her bow. Arlo Moen was there. He was also on board the H.M.S. Rodney, one of the ships that gave the famous last chase to the German battleship, the Bismarck. A Sailor’s Stories tells of the war and the times after the war when his ship visited Havana in the heady days of the fifties. Reading this book will make you think you are sitting with Arlo, knocking back a few rum and cokes while the stories flow. Moen shares, as well, his life as a young boy in Outback, Sask during the depression. His stories about pest houses, travelling exhibitions, and the politics of ladies’ society clubs will bring that time alive.