Tiring of the company of junkies and burn-outs, Thomas Skelton goes home to Key West to take up a more wholesome life. But things fester in America's utter South. And Skelton's plans to become a skiff 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 reputation 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.
About the Author
Thomas McGuane lives in McLeod, Montana. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the author of ten novels, three works of nonfiction, and three collections of stories.
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Ninety-Two in the Shade based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
It's about a guy who drops out of a biology degree program and moves back home to Key West and decides to become a fishing guide - other than that, it's kind of hard to summarize. Eccentric characters, prose that frequently reaches for a kind of sunburnt beat poetry and often grasps it - it can be darkly comic, political without being didactic, wise, funny and sad.
I'm unabashedly in awe of McGuane, and this is the book that put me there nearly thirty years ago. He writes precisely and economically, my favorite qualities in an author. "Nobody knows, from sea to shining sea, why we are having all this trouble with the republic..."
Ninety-Two in the Shade is about a man (Thomas Skelton) who has always wanted to run a guided fishing tour off the Florida Keys. Not the fishing I had pictured for the month of June, but a form of it, I guess. Thomas is new to the business and even newer to competition. He is not without his share of problems. The opening "scene" is Thomas waking up in a hotel and finding four people standing naked in a tub. Right away you know this isn't your typical River Runs Through It fishing story! Other quirks: violence that does (or doesn't) happen, relationships that are (or aren't) good, and the entire book is absent of chapters. I may have come across other books like this but never noticed this chapterlessness before. The only reason why this seems odd is because not having chapters makes it difficult to know where to stop!