- Series: York State Books
- Paperback: 245 pages
- Publisher: Syracuse Univ Pr; 1st pbk. ed edition (May 1, 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0815602111
- ISBN-13: 978-0815602118
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,730,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Keats writes about the nature of life on the river, and of a simpler time — the time of my father's stories, grown nearly as vivid in memory as my own — and of a time when the River changed.
I found myself setting it down often, to remember hot summer Sundays at Lee's (...the smell of sun cream and potato salad and stale beer from stubby bottles...), and the thrum of the laker's underwater as we held our breath at Kelly's Beach and felt the big ships pass, and the way an aluminum boat would bounce over choppy waves, and how a bass felt when it took my line and skipped across the surface.
Keats writes that islands change you. That they condition your responses, and alter your view of the world. Well, rivers change you too. And though I read this book in my flat in Berlin, I have always felt the pulse of the river, the relentless silent St. Lawrence surge, and it has always served as my internal compass point, and my symbol of home.
I believe that he passed away recently, but considering the impact of his work it is surprising he lived as long as he has. I am hopeful history will reveal the magnitude of the contribution that Mr. Keats had made to the well-being of the American consumer.
What he wrote in 1950's and 1960's is perhaps more relevant today than it was at the time he wrote it. You are no doubt familiar with Ralph Nader who addressed issues in the auto industry. You will find the life of this author equally fascinating perhaps more so considering that little seems available about the concluding years of his life (death?). This reader does not understand why this author seems to be obscure and certain works unobtainable.