Friday, November 15, 2013

Tango Boat Dancers by Charles Frankhauser

Tango Boat Dancers
by Charles Frankhauser

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 Publication Date: October 7, 2012
Publisher: Charles Frankhauser
Genre: Adult Literary Historical Fiction
Page Count: 82
Available from: Amazon

 From the earliest of times, leaders encouraged groups of people to accomplish difficult tasks. Issues associated with maintaining high levels of morale were critical to the success of the tasks at hand. During the 1930's, an Admiral seeks advice from a psychologist in regard to maintaining high levels of morale among sailors serving long tours at sea. A male and two female naval officers lead a team in a clinical trial to determine the effectiveness of a doctor's recommended cures to raise morale and cure homesickness.

Tango Boat DancersMy Review:  Tango Boat Dancers by Charles Frankhauser
Imagine being a soldier, far from home, never knowing when your life could be over, watching your friends maimed, wounded, or killed in battle. The mental war in a soldier’s mind is probably more brutal than what he/she sees around them. What about during peacetime? Isn’t the depression and homesickness still a problem? One German admiral, apparently ahead of his time in the 1930’s looks for a way to keep morale high while serving long tours at sea. The determination? Dancing and food would help keep these men on an even keel. Three naval officers were to run a trial, to see how true this was. Tango Boat Dancers by Charles Frankhauser follows these officers as they study dancing and while discussing food from home. Would this fight off depression and homesickness? Were they going about their “studies” correctly? Would this become something larger than they could have imagined?

I honestly enjoyed this short read, which was narrated by the young German U-Boat officer who headed the trials. There was the sense that these officers learned as much about themselves as they did about the “dancing and food” therapy. The presentation was good and, while not riveting, was certainly easy to follow! I am stuck between a 3.5 & 4 Star rating, but considering the subject and the tone of this book, I must admit the reading sped by quickly, and did end up being thought-provoking, even for a short read!

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