INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT, A memoir by Ron Rozelle: Review

This book, which was an alternate selection for my Third Tuesday book club, has been described as a “haunting memoir,” which, indeed, it is. It is a true story of loss: loss of Rozelle’s father, and the loss of his father’s memory.

The title comes from Dylan Thomas’ famous poem, which begins…

“Do not go gentle into that good night…Rage, rage against the dying of the light”…and ends  “And you, my father, there on the sad height , Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray. / Do not go gentle into that good night./Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

The father, who is the subject of Rozelle’s eulogy/memoir/biography is a principled man who for most of his career was a principal. Rozelle expresses the hope at the end of the book that his father had “gone to a place of order and kindness. Judging from Rozelle’s memories of his father, that’s the exact kind of person the man was–one of order and kindness. The memories of the author’s coming of age years and later are set in Oakwood, a small town near San Antonio, Texas. Rozelle lives now a “few miles down highway 35” from where I live in a town called Lake Jackson, Texas. Because he was a local writer, and because he had spoken at our Alvin Library League luncheon once (I was unable to attend.), I chose his book to read for that particular month.  I am very glad I did because not only was it a good story of a good man’s life written by a loving son, but it was a superbly written one.

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Author: Rae Longest

This year marks my fiftieth year in AAUW (American Association of University Women). The Alvin chapter was begun in 1947, and as a new, green teacher to Alvin Independent School District, I joined in 1968. In the 80's we began a book group to share our love of reading, books,and fellowship with other women and girls who loved the same. We resurrected the group on-line in September of 2015. Eventually Powerful Women Readers folded as an on-line book club, but I kept the title and turned it into a blog. (See "Introduction,"first blog). This is my first experience at blogging or publishing anything and is becomes more fun with each blog posted. I am currently teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This makes my 28th year there after three years at Alvin Community College and an almost-twenty year career as a classroom teacher with Alvin Independent School District. Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog.

3 thoughts on “INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT, A memoir by Ron Rozelle: Review”

  1. That villanelle is one of my favourite poems. Though I’m hoping when I get there, I won’t be raging or anywhere near it… But this sounds beautiful – I’m glad you enjoyed it, Rae…

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