Armor of Glass is about a rough and tough marine going through one of the toughest battles a man can face. No, it was not in war.
It wasn’t PTSD either.
Ron faces problems that many adult men face: Marriage, work, finding purpose etc.
Dealing with his past and our future, and how to move things forward when all seems broken.
The book is written as a memoir. He walks us through his childhood and a gruesome act of pure evil that he suffered that would have a profound impact on his life going forward. We soon meet Cameo, a love interest that returns many years later to serve as a pivotal figure in his life and this book.
And of course, any veteran must include their time spent in the services. As a marine, and reservist, Ron was in and out of the service for many decades. He started out in the Navy, moving into the Marines where he would stay for the remainder of his military career.
The Harsh Reality of Marriage
Marriage gets a bad rap these days. As a twenty-something it’s not on my mind too much, and not something that I can truly understand. Yet reading Ron’s work I can really see how a marriage can turn sour and ruin a person’s life.
And then there’s the extramarital activity. It’s hard for a lot of people to imagine what goes on in an affair: How could someone go behind the back of their spouse to have a relationship with someone else?
Reading Ron’s thoughts on this makes it all quite clear:
Sex, it wasn’t; we were healing each other’s wounds with our hands, our lips. Having never felt so much force, we could not stop, enough was not enough.”
It was interesting to see that the emotions he shared with his lover, were those that should’ve been shared with his wife.
Relationships are not static—they are quite dynamic. If we don’t recognize this then we can assume that our relationships won’t pan out.
The Ugliness of Humanity
We also see the true nature of some human beings. Ron and his lover, Cameo, are both stuck in loveless, sexless marriages. And even though they don’t care for their spouses, and vice-versa, the hatred which some of these spouses are capable of is quite astounding and depressing.
What a mess created by people like Trevor and Selma, the bearers of apathy doused with intolerable hostility. Why did they act like they cared now, when before it was not worth a plug?”
In the book, the two get trapped by their infidelity. Legal trouble abounds. You would think that their spouses will bail them out, but no, it’s the exact opposite. It’s hard for me to fathom why a person would do this, but I’ll chalk it up to the evil within some people.
A Lucid Tale of Life and Love
The stream of consciousness narration style fits well for this book and Ron’s personality. At first it read as a bit too informal, but it starts to come together well as the book goes on.
The writing is quite deep too. His relationships have their ups and downs and he conveys all of them in vivid detail. You can really sympathize (or loathe) the characters he writers about. You’ll certainly learn a thing or two about life and relationships from Armor of Glass.