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This thrilling, original novel, set in late 19th-century Paris, offers a provocative view of a world teetering on the brink of modernity, as seen through the eyes of one of its most astute observers. In his search for a missing American woman, Henry Adams, grandson of one president and great-grandson of another, is led into the darker reaches of Paris--and into an impenetrable and threatening political world.
— Christian Science Monitor
"This is the first time I've worked without a net." The speaker is Chester Pomeroy, a washed-up rock star turned casualty of illicit substances and kamikaze passion. But we may also read these words as an aesthetic statement from Chester's creator, Thomas McGuane, who has made Panama a high-wire act of extravagant emotion and steel-nerved prose.
As he haunts Key West, pestering family, threatening a potential in-law with a .38, and attempting to crucify himself on his ex's door out of sheer lovesickness, Chester emerges as the pure archetype of the McGuane hero. Out of his struggle to rejoin the human race — and the imminent possibility that he may die trying — McGuane has fashioned a harrowing and hilarious novel of "alligators, macadam, the sea, sticky sex, laughter, and sudden death."
"Whatever risk McGuane may have sensed in attempting [Panama], the feat proves successful. The audience is left dazzled." — The New Yorker
Posted February 14, 2013
Sadly, the "Overview" above is of Eric Zencey's 2001 novel of the same name, quite a different creature than this haunting and hallucinatory early novel by Thomas McGuane.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.