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Tiring of the company of junkies and burn outs Thomas Skelton goes home to Key West to take up a wholesome life But things fester in America's utter South And Skelton's plans to become a ski This is an inane story set deep in the drug and alcohol induced slime that apparently was all there was to Key West in decades thankfully long past The plot is not interesting the vulgarity is disgusting there are many irrelevant asides the ending is not fulfilling Yet all of it is beautifully sometimes breathtakingly written a single redeeming virtue that makes the book worth reading if you put aside its faults slow down and savor it An example p 23 Then too you could remember when you had been below Key West to the Maruesas on a cool winter day when the horsetails were on a rising barometer sky and the radiant drop curtain of fuchsia light stood on edge from the Gulf Stream And when he ran back across the Boca Grande channel into the lakes and then toward Cortrell to miss the finger banks he knew he would raise Key West on the soft pencil edge of sea and sky Then the city would seem like a white folding ruler in sections and the frame houses always lifted slowly painted and wooden from the sullen contours of the submarine base

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Ninety Two in the Shade

N for homicide Out of their deadly rivalry Thomas McGuane has constructed a novel with the impetus of a thriller and the heartbroken humor that is his distinct contribution to American prose I emailed my favorite writer from Rolling Stone and praised his penchant for oddly long and detailed list like sentences he thanked me but said he d cribbed the idea from this book So the stylized writing is both what drew me to this book and what sticks with me afterwardsThe fuselage a remnant of a crash landed navy reconnaissance plane rested logically on a concrete form and had by now in the uick tropical growing seasons become impressively laced with strangler fig a plant whose power was now slowly buckling the riveted aluminum panels bougainvillea Confederate star jasmine and a delicate form of trumpeter vine whose blue translucent blossoms cascaded around the compression sealed aerodynamic doorway p 23 24Akin to an impressionistic painting transmission of a specific form and feeling is salient here than capturing flat realism The plot revolving around a fishing boat guide the threat upon his life from a rival and his off beat family tree seems important primarily for its absurdity Existential dread and mordant humor pervade making the book feel like Waiting for Godot if it had been written by Hunter S

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Ff guide in the shining blue subtropical waters place him on a collision course with Nichol Dance who has risen to the crest of the profession by dint of infallible instincts and a reputatio A difficult read and ultimately not worth the time spent That said I liked the Gallatin Canyon stories and as this was reported to be a another good one by McGuane I read it The tangents the many words I had to look up the existential angst of the characters the insider references to Key West life I ve lived in FL almost 30 yrs but didn t have a clue it was all just too much Another reviewer said written on drugs that seems about right


10 thoughts on “Ninety Two in the Shade

  1. says:

    Thomas Skelton leaves behind a life of drugs and debauchery not to mention his studies and returns home to Key West He decides to be

  2. says:

    I watched a film based on this book around 10 years ago It was on a video CD without subtitles I did not understand all of it But I thought it was really charming I liked the ensemble cast and the amazing background score I kept postponing re

  3. says:

    This is an inane story set deep in the drug and alcohol induced slime that apparently was all there was to Key West in decades thankfully long past The plot is not interesting the vulgarity is disgusting there are many irrelevant asides the ending is not fulfilling Yet all of it is beautifully sometimes breathtakingly w

  4. says:

    A sane man thinking of death however casually should immediately visit a girl whether in uest of information affinities or carnal gratification It’s a case of any port in a storm mortality being in any case an omnipresent hurrican

  5. says:

    A difficult read and ultimately not worth the time spent That said I liked the Gallatin Canyon stories and as this was reported to be a another good one by McGuane I read it The tangents the many words I had to look up the existential angst of the characters the insider references to Key West life I've lived in FL almost 30 yrs but didn't have a clue it was all just too much Another reviewer said 'written on drugs' tha

  6. says:

    As a former Key West resident and book store worker this book was recommended to me countless times and the fact that I hadn't read was often regarded as some sort of island blasphemy So now that I've been away from this loc

  7. says:

    I emailed my favorite writer from Rolling Stone and praised his penchant for oddly long and detailed list like sentences; he thanked me but said he'd cribbed the idea from this book So the stylized writing is both what drew me to this book a

  8. says:

    The worst book I've read in years Same way I feel about an author like Pynchon He doesn't write about people and the characters are unbelievable but still somehow not at all intriguing Get the sense that I'm supposed to be impressed by the glib tone and the attempts at dimestore philosophy in the mouths of its a

  9. says:

    I always remember this as a contemporary Western but it's actually set in Key West a man's attempt to turn his back on cynical corrupt addicted played out America to become a fishing guide Naturally it all catches

  10. says:

    I was intrigued by this novel because some of my counter parts in the fishing world love it Being born and raised in Florida having spent a great deal of my childhood down in the Keys and being an avid fisherman al