- Hardcover: 335 pages
- Publisher: Naval Institute Press; 1st edition (May 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0870213458
- ISBN-13: 978-0870213458
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Left-Handed Monkey Wrench: Stories and Essays Hardcover – May, 1986
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A copy of this book was given to me by a former Engineer Officer when I was transferred to another MPA position. The copy has a very prominent spot on my book case and when asked by non-sailors, "What was it like down there and why did you stay?" I just hand them this book and ask them to return it to me when they are done. So far everyone has returned it to me after a short time.
Although this is fiction I knew every one of those guys, some place, some time.
Besides this novel this work contains his only other easily available work. This work deserves close study since it shows him to be a remarkable story teller and a maritime author in the class of Conrad, Hemingway, and Patrick O'Brien.
McKenna's most remarkable skill is his evenhanded approach to both sympathetic and unsympatehtic characters. He writes stories that deal with human interaction, but never has to resort to the use of villains to add tension to the story.
McKenna's back ground as a sailor and an author who did not put pen to paper until late in live must have contributed to this remarkable gift.