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How Well the Sailors Run Paperback – August 6, 2015
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About the Author
Samuel graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelors in English. After caring for his grandmother until her death in 1999, he headed east for a summer to serve as a deckhand aboard schooner Roseway out of Camden, Maine. His experiences in that summer form the inspiration for this novel. After earning his Masters in Education from Eastern Oregon University, he moved to Idaho where he now lives, with his wife.
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A GEM of an idea. A young man, frustrated by what he sees or doesn't see in his father's love, longing to be worthy of something he can't obtain. All this and somehow he's connected to a ghostly derelict sailboat that seems, inexplicably, to be tearing his town apart. The always present Evil person that never seems to be found out. Will the youth be driven to that mysterious vessel, perhaps to find resolution on an epic life changing voyage? Well, it MIGHT have been, but the reader is drowned in words.
Too many words.
Besides just plain too much verbiage, the author saturates the story with arcane and archaic Sailing Terms. Sometimes incorrectly , or at least, poorly applied.
It's as though he had a Nautical Reference book close at hand, and would flip through the pages looking for esoteric nautical words that no average reader would understand.
I HAVE several nautical reference volumes. (Many sailors such as I , do). Some of the words used in this book, are so out of use, they don't appear in sailing reference books going back to the 1700's.
This makes using words no one can research or decipher, patently unfair to the reader.
Moby Dick has already been written.
Many other imponderables make it hard to believe this book.
Questions: "Lamp Wicks and Flame" providing the Light of a lighthouse , In the 21st century?
A boy growing up in an Oregon coastal town who can't swim, knows nothing about BOATS ?
An often times proved EVIL member of the group that everyone continues to support?
So much could have been done with the central theme. Too bad it got lost in, what appears to be an author "In Love" with his own words. I DID read it to the end looking for some reader saving thoughts. It didn't happen.
Words, words, too many, giving little substance.
Finally, "Grace" must have a special place in the heart of the author.
It was used over and over SO many times, I almost got "SEE sick".
Recommendation ? 4 stars for thought and plot, 2 stars for the words, words, words !