Jewel of Cardiff

The summers of my 12th, 13th and 14th years (1985-87) were spent on a campground on the Cherokee Indian Reservation in North Carolina (Soco Road Campground), which my parents had leased as part of what I imagine was a late-mid-life crisis.   While I will write at length about this experience at length on another occasion (or probably several), I did want to quickly write about a book that I had read that first summer and how I just realized that it yet again confirms my theory that everything can be connected in some way.  I had taken the book "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" with me (yes, its not really something that an 11 year old should be reading but it does go a ways to explaining a few things about me, which we will also go into in more detail later!).  After devouring this book I was ready for more, and it just so happened that the Cherokee Community Library was having a book sale on one of our trips into town.  I picked up several books, none of which I remember except the one that I just found while rearranging my office: "The Jewel of Mahabar" by Edison Marshall.  I remember reading this book late at night in the camper I shared with my uncle and being fully taken in by the story.  I need to re-read it and plan on doing so over the holiday break, but what has captured my interest today is the connection of Edison Marshall.  He wrote a number of books, the most famous of which is probably "The Viking", which was then made into a 1958 movie "The Vikings" staring Kirk Douglas.  The connection I make with the film though (something I now have to see again), is that the cinematographer was Jack Cardiff, who is one of my favorite film makers.  I recently saw the documentary on his life and work and now have an even longer list of films to see. 

So in a nutshell here's the linkage for those keeping score: