Hi Bloggers, during my time in Tumbler Ridge I picked up a book that was on the free book exchange shelves. The book was Sweet Caroline. The book is about the daughter of John F Kennedy.
So firstly, I’m not American, I’m not that into politics, and I really couldn’t imagine myself getting into a book that was related to this subject – its just too ‘peripheral’ to snag my interest. In this case, I just started reading a free book. The writing was pretty good and soon enough I was quite entertained and interested by the story.
So I suppose its worth saying, I went to the Kennedy memorial location when I was in Dallas, TX some years ago. Why was that something I wanted to see? Well, as a young lad growing up in Australia, JFK, America and all of that seemed so surreal and distant that it was a curiosity, a point of vague interest. Something really significant happened in a distant land before I was even born. I do recall however watching a documentary, and having my dad comment on whether there was some conspiracy, I even remember seeing the footage of the shooting, and the subsequent shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald.
https://www.jfk.org/the-museum/ Here’s the link to the Dallas museum. Worth a look for sure.
So of course the story was well known around the world. Going to the Texas School Book Repository building, from which JFK was allegedly shot, was a must do in my mind. Now days its a museum and it contains a very good display of JFK’s history, family life, politics and significant events. There is also a large cement structure nearby that serves as a memorial. On the roadway where he was shot, there are two X marks on the pavement. These are the locations where he was actually shot. We dodged traffic to get a photo when we were there, standing on the X or whatever.
Ok, back to the book. Its a good read. Much of the focus early on is about JFK and Jackie Kennedy. The nanny, the kids, the numerous affairs that JFK was supposed to have had. The Kennedy family, the rich kid playground of Martha’s Vineyard, and Hyannis Port. The Kennedy family had its share of fortune and plenty of tragedy too. It seems as if being a Kennedy could amount to some sort of curse based on the things that went on. She was especially close to her brother John, who’s plane crashed at sea in about 1999. I remember being in Australia and getting the news. It was a bit peripheral, and I had no idea which Kennedy had died, or even that it was JFK’s son.
It seems as if Caroline is a very decent person, with a family of her own, and numerous charitable endeavours, as well as being the US ambassador to Japan. I can certainly appreciate why she would be considered very dear in the hearts of many Americans.
I would say this book is really worth a read.