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West Across the Board Paperback – March 28, 2007
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died, and his father lost his job. Lazaro's father raised Lazaro during
a time when poverty reached its peak, forcing Lazaro and his father to
move to Key West. Lazaro's father worked in Florida, where Lazaro became
a mariner. While his father worked, Lazaro was fascinated with the ocean,
learning about the mysteries of the sea and navigation. Dominic is a
talented Chicago engioneer whose work introduced him to Key west. Lazaro
and Dominic met in Sloppy Joes, a bar where the two men bonded while playing
a chess game for the first time, which connected them to a lifetime of
friendship. Over the course of many years, the two men played one-
thousand games, carved on the back of this beaufiful, laminated board.
First-time novelist, Andrew Jalbert, takes the reader on a historical
journey through the lives of Lazaro and Dominic. History comes to life
from the 1930s, as well as the characters in this heartfelt story. The
bond between Lazaro and Dominic draws them close like brothers, while
sharing their life history over each game played with a chessboard, until
Lazaro is eighty-six years old. Dominic suffers a terminal disease to
cancer, and their last game is shared days before Dominic dies. The story
is not only amazing, but is touching to the soul. An emotional story,
packed with happiness, drama, sadness and tragedy.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves a story based on history,
family ties, and friendship. The description of the mysterious sea, with
palm trees, and the ocean's salty smell makes the reader feel the gentle
breeze of Mother-Nature when she's calm.Read more ›
With such themes as the beauty and danger of nature entwining itself with the strength and frailties of human nature, a story of growth and survival unfolds. Drawing on Physicists research into the Chaos Theory, Dominic, a pragmatist, tries to find order from tragic events that affected the choices both he and Lazaro made. Lazaro, a man forever changed from the loss of his father during a storm at sea, reflects on his life in a more traditional sense. Dominic tries to find a logical pattern of events, while Lazaro buries his need to resolve issues that led to his choice to leave the Florida Keys for a life in Wisconsin. It is only when the two men come together that Lazaro is able to confront his past.
As historical fiction, the author delivers a carefully crafted and detailed account of life on the Florida Keys. The story is rich in the sights, sounds, and description of life in the 1930's. Drawing on real events from the past, the fictional story is well implemented within its historical context. The historical and nautical details illustrated within the story are well researched and accurately presented.
West Across the Board delivers a well crafted tale of two men's journey back together to find redemption and peace.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The first few chapters pulled me in and from there on I teetered between not wanting to put it down, and wanting to savor every last word. Read morePublished on August 17, 2012 by Jana R. Olson
Andrew Jalbert's book "West Across the Board" is set in the Florida Keys and he brings all the wonderful images and feeling of the area to his readers. Read morePublished on May 21, 2009 by Sher
Lazaro had fled from his past, but Dominic would make him face his fears some 60 years later. Lazaro had a love of the sea; relaxation and fishing were all he thought about in his... Read morePublished on June 12, 2008 by Crystal Adkins
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Andrew Jalbert's "West Across the Board" gives you a look at life in the Keys and the beauty of the sea. Read morePublished on February 25, 2008 by Free2Read
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A beautifully thought provoking Novel unlike any other I have read. The character development in the story is awesome! Read more
I really loved reading and re-reading this book. I have a request of the author and that is more please!!!!! Read morePublished on December 1, 2007 by James A. Matras
Andrew Jalbert has experienced and understands the history, beauty and
dangers encountered in Key West. Read more
Andrew Jalbert obviously understands the Key West so many people know and love...its history, heartbreak and unending allure. Read morePublished on September 10, 2007 by Mandy Miles