Lost Skiff

Lost Skiff

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  • Hardback | 186 pages
  • 166.9 x 231.9 x 28.2mm | 716.68g
  • United Kingdom
  • 0151536082
  • 9780151536085

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The central c??ters from The Rain and the Fire and the Will of God (1957) are two years older here, as attractive at fifteen as they were at thirteen. Rodney Gerald Blankhard of New York state is the narrator and describes how he lost the little cypress skiff Jack Haywood's father had built before the boys had been born. The Haywoods had taken Rodney along on a camping trip down their Alabama river and Rodney, always painfully aware of his social insecurity, regularly puts his foot in his mouth and loses his cool - mainly because of the disturbing presence of Jack's nubile seventeen-year-old sister. Losing the skiff is the climaxing disaster for Rodney, who determines to recover it. Allowed to go back with Jack to hunt the skiff on the swampy river's trackless byways, the thoroughly decent, healthy, wholesome and introspective Rodney continues to discover things about himself rather than the skiff, especially during an interlude of mutually painless love-at-first-sight. What might have worked as a magazine story dissipates its potential strength by going plotlessly on at book length about too little. (Kirkus Reviews)
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