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Ninety-two in the Shade Paperback – May 30, 1995
Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
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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.
"Thomas McGuane makes the page, the paragraph, the sentence itself a record of continuous imaginative activity.... He is an important as well as a brilliant novelist."
-- The New York Times Book Review
"McGuane's sense of place, his harsh and delicate exactness of detail are at their keenest."
"Few writers have explored our national malaise as persistently -- or as elegantly -- as Thomas McGuane, a writer whose command of the language has helped define our American loneliness." -- Philadelphia Inquirer
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His books are as varied as the waters a fly-fisherman plys in search of his piscatorial treasure. The nuances of texture, the variables of nature, the agony of whim ... all of these are met in each watery course and are likewise found in each page of McGuane's writing.
Ninety-two In the Shade is a story based in one of the most surreal areas left in our country. A society awash in what seems hell-bent on becoming as amorphous as the aisles in a Wal-Mart Super Center.
Sure it's dated ... and why not ... so much the more for us to see clearly what we have lost in our own uniqueness. And how, in our rush to become all-accepting, we are loosing what made us so American.
So, instead of looking at McGuane's work as some sort of 'stuck in a time warp literary irrelevance' ... why not look at it as a warning mirror - showing us the fading last glimpses of what we have lost... and are about to loose forever.
"Thomas Skelton, whose aim had been to be a practicing Christian, was now a little gone in the faith. But, he thought, no matter; and took some comfort to remember the Gospel according to St. Matthew: Whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell-fire. Upon occasion, a man had to manufacture his on hell-fire, either for himself or others: as one kind of home brew for the spirit's extremer voyages." Ninety-two In The Shade, Thomas McGuane, 1973; p56.
Yes, Tom .. thank you for showing us the need for clear vision - both backward and forward. Maybe we'll miss burning in someone else's own self-manufactured hell-fire. Maybe ....
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I rarely, RARELY put down a book once I've started it. While I enjoyed the book's setting (Key West, FL) because I was visiting Key West, I just could not trudge my way through.Published 3 months ago by Kathleen Fischer
A weird, funny, tragic story that works best when the location is allowed to shine through... This tale wouldn't work anywhere else.Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
I love visiting Key West but have no clue about the residents there. So we have McGuane to instruct us. Having said that, I thought this book terribly dated (early 1970s). Read morePublished 5 months ago by P. robb
Those who know and love Key West will find a world of excellent insight in this novel. The style was a revelation at the time and McGuane knows the locale and the people on a... Read morePublished 10 months ago by James W. Holland
Overblown and predictable. Like a student trying hard to get an A. Too hard.Published 10 months ago by ballou
THE definitive Key West nuthouse guide. Not about gays, but about those who dribble down the keys on their way to nowhere. Read morePublished 13 months ago by O Otvos