The Last Ferryman: A Novel

The Last Ferryman: A Novel

by Gregory D. Randle



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626524934
Publisher: Langdon Street Press
Publication date: 12/17/2013
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Gregory Randle grew up on the Wabash River in southeastern Illinois. He was raised to have a wary respect for the river, hearing stories of its bounty as well as its hidden dangers. Later, when he was old enough to patch holes in an old wooden boat and operate a small motor loaned to him by his grandfather, Randle spent hours on the river reveling in its wildness and beauty. He now lives in Minnesota with his wife and two sons. This is his first novel.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exceptional Novel In "The Last Ferryman", Greg Randle has managed to take an event that could easily be overlooked (the building of a bridge across the Wabash and it's subsequent effect on the local ferryman) and made it absolutely fascinating. The novel's historical undertones make it informative for anyone not familiar with the way of life in Millerville, Illinois in the late 1930's, but unlike many historically accurate reads, this one is impossible to put down. The storyline flows beautifully, and Randle's character development evokes thoughts of the late, great Jon Hassler. This is a remarkable first work, and I certainly hope it isn't Mr. Randle's last!
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting book about how new technology and inventions leave people behind. I love my electronics, and I do not know how I would live without them. However with something new, the old is forgotten. In this book it is the men that work on the ferries that are forgotten once a bridge is built. I actually begins once the mention of building a bridge begins that the ferrymen start to dwindle. I loved that this book was about working for and in America. The author did a great job of linking past generations to the ones of today. Even when I go in grocery stores and see self-checkout lanes, I think of this man, Buck. He was doing everything his past generations did, and he did not want to change his ways. He was not ready. The family dynamics were interesting as well. Buck's son wanted to move forward and Buck's wife was in the middle trying to prepare Buck for the inevitable. The ending was something different for each of the characters. and for me it was bitter sweet. I really got to know this family and their community. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A well written book about life of a Ferryman on the Wabash.  I grew up on the Wabash and have many happy childhood memories of the ferry in my little town and the ferryman there.  Once you start reading this book, you won't want to put it down.  If you love the river, small towns, a close knit family and a great book, read "The Last Ferryman".
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite Gregory Randle has written a beautifully detailed accounting of a lost way of life. In The Last Ferryman, we meet Buck Shyrock, a man who has known little other than being a ferryboat captain for the past forty years. It is now 1939 in Millersville, Illinois, and a bridge is to be built on the Wabash River, finally connecting the states of Illinois and Indiana. Initially, Buck tends to dismiss the idea that the bridge will actually be built as he goes about his simple life as a widower with a son and two granddaughters. But then, the bridge pilings appear and Buck can no longer deny the inevitability of change. Others become concerned that Buck is not facing up to modern reality. His oldest granddaughter takes it upon herself to see that her grandfather remains safe during the transition which is unavoidable for him. It is the intervention of the child that finally startles the grandfather into appropriate thought. The captivating thing about The Last Ferryman is the way author Randle details the environment and the impact the old ways of life have for the small town of Millersville. The character of Buck is unforgettable as is the personality of his granddaughter Holly. The child is empathetic and intense in her concern for her grandfather and there is a true inter-generational bond that will touch the hearts of readers. This is not a fast-paced novel by any means. Rather it is a sit-back-and-ponder the changes in a single lifetime sort of read. It is bound to stir up stories of nostalgia and memories of the "good old days" when life was simpler and more personal.