The beloved traveler/troubadour offers up a plate of stories from his world of seaplanes, tropical isles, and wayward adventures. A Salty Piece of Land takes readers to a warm beach and introduces some of the wildest characters ever to dip their toes in the ocean. This irresistible collection will be the next in an impressive line of bestsellers ...
The beloved traveler/troubadour offers up a plate of stories from his world of seaplanes, tropical isles, and wayward adventures. A Salty Piece of Land takes readers to a warm beach and introduces some of the wildest characters ever to dip their toes in the ocean. This irresistible collection will be the next in an impressive line of bestsellers for the inimitable Jimmy Buffett.
Being a fan of Mr. Buffett's music I had reservations about his ability to write an entire novel. I was very pleasantly surprised! It is extremely hard to put the book down once you start. He leads you down a path of bizarre events and gets into situations that are truly unbelievable and makes you believe it all. You can visualize everything he is saying. Just about the time it cannot get any crazier, he says something very profound that applies to real life situations and makes you stop and think. Now, I want to sail aboard Lucretia with Capt. Cleopatra. I most definitely want to visit Cayo Loco. I have now purchased every book he has written & will read them all. With the situation of the world today, we need all the entertainment we can get. Keep up the good work, Jimmy!!
Jun 11, 2007
Cheesy Burgers in Paradise
A Montana cowboy drifts around the Carribean meeting all sorts of cool people with wonderful life stories. He trips into dream job after dream job, parties with millionaires who inexplicably keep giving him things (boats, mansions, etc.) and hooks up with gorgeous, rich women who find him irresistable. For Buffett, there is no dark side to paradise--only good times and good vibrations. This theme might be entertaining in a three minute song, but it grates in a full length novel. Skip this one and read something by Hiaasen-- a writer who has a more realistic, funny and sarcastic view of "Magaritaville."
Publishers Weekly, 2004-10-18 There's a Cond? Nast Traveler article fighting to get out of bestseller Buffett's first new novel in a decade, a groovily laid-back, ramblingly anecdotal, sun-soaked bit of Caribbean escapism that his Parrothead fans will relish like another chorus of "Margaritaville." Tully Mars, a 40-ish ex-cowboy turned guide at the Lost Boys Fishing Lodge island resort, undertakes various sojourns around the Caribbean, to Mayan ruins, a jungle safari camp, a spring break bacchanal in Belize. Nothing much happens-"That day, we spent the rest of the daylight hours on the shallow waters of Ascension Bay and the lagoon amid incredible natural beauty unlike anything I had ever seen before" is about as busy as it gets-except that Tully meets a parade of colorful natives and expatriates, including a Mayan medicine man, a British commando and a 103-year-old woman who skippers a sailing schooner and wants to restore a historic lighthouse on Cayo Loco, the titular island. The characters are all hospitality entrepreneurs, and Buffett (A Pirate Looks at Fifty) also gives them shaggy-dog anecdotes, tidbits of Caribbean history and desultory life lessons to relate. There are glimmers of plot-bounty hunters, loves lost and found-but mostly Tully has little to do but savor the accommodations and atmospherics of tourist locales while the sea washes him with waves of love, happiness and maturity as infallibly as the tides. This book is as cheery and tropical as Buffet's music. (Nov. 30) Forecast: There's nothing laid-back about the major promo effort the publisher is making to push Buffett's latest; the 650,000 first printing suggests the scale of the campaign. Expect this to hit bestseller lists fast. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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