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[Following is an official review of "For the Money and the Fun" by Jacob D Deorksen and Leona M Deorksen.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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For the Money and the Fun by Jacob D. Deorksen and Leona M. Deorksen is a book that follows the adventures of Isaac D. Friedlen, simply referred to as Ike, as a stoker on His Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS). Ike joins the navy as a young farm boy who dreams of seeing the world in all its beauty and hopes to play his part in winning the war while getting to see the world. His dream of seeing the world is quickly shattered by the reality of war and the uncertainty that surrounds the lives of servicemen. He, however, makes the most of his time in service and makes great friends while looking forward to the day he would go back home to his girlfriend, Sara. Can Ike survive the tumultuous sea and the dangers unknown? Will he end up as a casualty in the brutal war that claimed the lives of so many?

Set in World War II, this book gives an account of the war from the perspective of a lowly placed member of the Canadian navy. This is one of the positive aspects of the book. Ike is just a regular farm boy with big dreams of seeing the world, and his dreams take him to many different places but not in the way he would like. The book reflects the reality that faces all of us in our search for the achievement of our dreams.

Another positive aspect of this book is the dialogue. The book tells the various experiences and emotions the sailors feel through the use of dialogue. For servicemen, the characters converse a lot and open up to one another. This helps one to understand various characters and the motivation behind their actions.

One of the negative aspects of this book is the diction used in the book. Since it follows the journey of sailors, most of the words or diction contained in this book is the language of seamen which is quite different from the regular language the average person understands, even in the 1940s. For instance, words like stoker, mess, and limey, among others, are used regularly in the book. This makes reading a herculean task for an individual with no knowledge of naval terms of any sort.

This book contains a very low number of errors which leads one to believe that it has been proofread by an individual with a deep understanding of the English language. Also, true to its plot, this book is written in the sailor's language, and this includes the use of profanity. There is a very high use of profanity contained within this book, with many of them appearing on many occasions.

I will rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I didn't give this book a higher rating due to the aforementioned negative aspect, which made it very difficult to read the book. I would, however, recommend this book to all lovers of historical fiction and sailing enthusiasts as I believe it would be an interesting read for them.

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