A Pig in the Rumble Seat is a collection of short stories that includes memoirs and tales of the Great Depression era in New England, memoirs of the author's experiences developing the Atlas and Centaur ICMB's and space launch rockets in San Diego, a few science fiction and contemporary tales and several poems selected from the author's other works.
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Edward Hujsak was born in New Hampshire and received a degree in chemical engineering at the University of New Hampshire. His engineering career was in the field of rocketry and spanned the development of the Atlas and Centaur rockets where he specialized in rocket engine design and was chief of preliminary design for ten years. Over time, Ed maintained an active interest in the arts, including writing, mixed media art and metal sculpture. Ed is married and lives in La Jolla, California with his harpist wife, Joy.Review:
Edward Hujsak has assembled an amazing collection of stories from his own life as well as a broad range of tales of the 1930s depression era in his book A Pig in the Rumble Seat. His short stories showcase his highly imaginative creative side. He is laugh-out-loud funny, highly intelligent, and a skillful writer. These attributes came through in his stories, Escape and The Toy. I especially enjoyed his insights into human nature in Tatiana. I was not ready for the unexpected surprised ending in The Sub. Set in the Northeast in New England and in the Southwest in San Diego, Hujsak has included well-crafted personal experiences from his engineering career in the field of rocketry. His specialty was in propulsion. He has also included a wide range of subject matter, and varied writing styles. His writing includes science fiction, poetry, and parody. As a gifted story teller, Hujsak has taken time to hone his skill in the art and craft of writing. The book is a melding of memories I could identify with: the ice truck with the ice tongs, and the old kitchen ice box, the quick war-time marriages, and the off-key choirs of aging men and women singing their hearts out during Sunday worship. I found the first-person accounts of life on the farm especially enjoyable, The Still, The Ubiquitous Fordson Tractor, and Trucks. The ongoing effort of Pa trying to appease Ma was humorous and so true of most marriages. I was very touched with the account of Carl in The Parting. A Pig in the Rumble Seat highlights Hujsak s subtle humor and genius for using word pictures that enhance the reader s visualization of every detail of the each incident in the story. Hujsak s poetry is well worth pondering, beautiful, contemplative thoughts on nature, the Cuban Missle Crisis, the results of applied force, and the promise of life. His care for details in his fictional pieces and his use of regional and ethnic dialects in his dialog add realism to his stories. I was awed by the photos included of the Tiger team, standing in front of Atlas with the first Centaur upper stage and the liftoff of Atlas Model E from Vandenberg Air Force Base and found the accounts of this era filled with interesting facts new to me. Articulate and brilliant, Hujsak is a natural communicator with a gift for telling stories that keep you listening or in this case reading. A Pig in the Rumble Seat is excellent entertainment, refreshing, and skillfully packed with a balance of information and story. --Richard R Blake for Reader Views (10/08)
The Wall - which in terms of the rendering of the main character's psychology and the integration of the action, was very finely worked out. The milieu, the motivation, and the action have the kind of unity that the best short stories achieve, and in going back to it, I was struck by how well the author conveys the protagonist's agonized self awareness, as in this passage: "It is human nature, I suppose, that a person, driven by emotion, can put rational thought aside and pursue a line of action toward a predetermined objective as if riding on a rail that has no options for an exit or stopping, like the train that struck the Larro family." I'd been thinking in similar lines, oddly enough, and envied the clarity and the image with which the author rendered the idea. --David Ackley, English Professor, Colby College
A Visit With Oliphant - The imagery is fantastic, beautiful! It really makes the reader feel cold (and this reader is in the tropics!) You can hear the sounds described and feel the wan winter sun. Really poetic. --Heather Blakemore, Linguist, Translator. Brazil.
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Book Description Mina-Helwig Publishing Company, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Allen Hujsak (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M1886133107
Book Description Mina-Helwig Publishing Company, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111886133107