Rules for Old Men Waiting by Peter Pouncey is a powerful, beautifully written novel about an old man who has recently lost his beloved wife. Bereaved and waiting for his own death, the history professor stocks his pantry, holes himself up in his home, and proceeds to write his final story. At the same time, Robert MacIver, reminisces about his achievements and the events and people who most impacted his life.
Robert lost his father in World War I, served in World War II, and had a son who served in Vietnam. He also wrote a book about men who had been injured in World War I based on oral histories he conducted personally.
I discovered this book while searching for another and as I firmly believe, ’twas the book that found me! So much of the book is poetic and deep in meaning. It forces the reader to step outside of the story to think about the meaning of life and the consequences of actions. I was deeply moved by the novel and profoundly affected by its contents. I will lovingly add it to my permanent collection.