Ninety-two in the Shade

Ninety-two in the Shade

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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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1995, c1973.
Edition: First Vintage contemporaries edition
ISBN: 9780679752899
0679752897
Branch Call Number: MCGUANE 1995
Characteristics: 197 pages ; 21 cm.

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lukasevansherman
Jun 23, 2014

"A burning Ford full of things that blows up does draw a crowd."
I guess McGuane could be grouped with the so-called dirty realists like Carver and Ford. This reminded me a little bit of Russell Banks (the demimonde in a Florida setting) and Charles Portis (the eccentric characters and humor). McGuane directed a film version starring Peter Fonda and Margot Kidder, to whom he was married. He also wrote the screenplay to "Missouri Breaks."

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