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N 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. I always remember this as a contemporary Western but it s actually set in Key West a man s attempt to turn his back on cynical corrupt addicted played out America to become a fishing guide Naturally it all catches up to him A great short novel that leads one directly from Horseman Pass By to the work of Robert Stone

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Ninety Two in the Shade

Ff 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 reputatio. As a former Key West resident and book store worker this book was recommended to me countless times and the fact that I hadn t read was often regarded as some sort of island blasphemy So now that I ve been away from this locale for six months I decided to revisit it through this classic novel hoping the veil of nostalgia would help propel me through what always seemed like not my kind of book And the veil certainly helped as the most fascinating part of the story for me was the vivid way McGuane was able to capture the island culture and people both native and freshwater as transplants to the island are called Key West is an interesting place as its inhabitants usually place way of life over career in their priorities and this clash with the American way is what fills most of the interior of this novel as our protagonist Thomas Skelton returns home to start over as a fishing guide after a brief attempt at academia His plans interfere with another guide s Nichol Dance and the tension between these two is what propels the thin plot The rest of the book is filled with Skelton s meandering thoughts about life and death as he interacts with locals his girlfriend and his family all of whom disagree with his current path I say meanders because the book is a slow read with McGuane s obvious intellect often obscuring his insights and often coming across as condescension It s not until the last uarter of the novel as parallels begin to arise between Skelton s his father s and his grandfather s choices in life and McGuane ratchets up the stakes between Skelton and Dance that the book really takes off and glides into its beautiful ending

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Tiring of the company of junkies and burn outs Thomas Skelton goes home to Key West to take up a wholesome life But things fester in America's utter South And Skelton's plans to become a ski. I watched a film based on this book around 10 years ago It was on a video CD without subtitles I did not understand all of it But I thought it was really charming I liked the ensemble cast and the amazing background score I kept postponing reading the book due to sheer laziness but ordered it on Book finder recently The book is set in the idyllic Key West Mcguane who also directed the movie creates these great eccentric characters who have no real future There is Tom Skelton who was a druggie and is now trying to move in on the guiding business of two regular skiff guides This sets off a potentially murderous rivalry between him and the alcoholic and suicidal Nicol Dance Carter another guide plays them against each other even as he struggles with the promiscuity of his ex cheerleader wife Skelton s family is also uite dysfunctional with his rich corrupt and powerful grandfather constantly bullying his bed ridden father There is even a character named Myron Moorhen Mcguane s syntax is tough I had to reread many sentences and I gave up on some of them because I did not know what he was going on about The sentences are dense and long often containing many obscure words But the dialogs and the eccentric characters and their motivations were hilarious There are also great descriptions of the Key West especially the part where Skelton saves a fish that is tethered to the hook of a customer he dislikes All of these kept me going It is not an easy book to read A couple of dialogs from the book that stuck with me Generation after generation the blind leading the blind It gives them something to do The captain or guide experienced a sudden loss of interest or ambition and flaked out without warning


10 thoughts on “Ninety Two in the Shade

  1. says:

    Thomas Skelton leaves behind a life of drugs and debauchery not to mention his studies and returns home to Key West He decides to become a flats guide because it's only while out on the flats that he feels whole But guiding is a competitive business And Nichol Dance an established guide makes it clear that Skelton isn't welcome92 in the Shade is the high water mark of McGuane's prose style He writes with eff

  2. says:

    I watched a film based on this book around 10 years ago It was on a video CD without subtitles I did not understand all of it But I thought it was really charming I liked the ensemble cast and the amazing background score I kept postponing reading the book due to sheer laziness but ordered it on Book finder recently The book is set in the idyllic Key West Mcguane who also directed the movie creates these great eccentric characters who have

  3. says:

    This is an inane story set deep in the drug and alcohol induced slime that apparently was all there was to Key West in decades thankfully long past The plot is not interesting the vulgarity is disgusting there are

  4. says:

    A sane man thinking of death however casually should immediately visit a girl whether in uest of information affinities or carnal gratification It’s a case of any port in a storm mortality being in any case an omnipresent hurricaneThomas Skelton is your classic American hero as well as a bit of a screw up and a product of the 1960s counter culture He’s a habitual drug taker engaged in his very own race to the bottom

  5. says:

    A difficult read and ultimately not worth the time spent That said I liked the Gallatin Canyon stories and as this was reported to be a another good one by McGuane I read it The tangents the many words I had to look up the existent

  6. says:

    As a former Key West resident and book store worker this book was recommended to me countless times and the fact that I hadn't read was often regarded as some sort of island blasphemy So now that I've been away from this locale for six months I decided to revisit it through this classic novel hoping the veil of nostalgia would help propel me through what always seemed like not my kind of book And the veil certainly helped as the most fascin

  7. says:

    I emailed my favorite writer from Rolling Stone and praised his penchant for oddly long and detailed list like sentences; he thanked me but said he'd cribbed the idea from this book So the stylized writing is both what drew me to this book and what sticks with me afterwardsThe fuselage a remnant of a crash landed navy reconnaissance plane res

  8. says:

    The worst book I've read in years Same way I feel about an author like Pynchon He doesn't write about people and the characters are unbelieva

  9. says:

    I always remember this as a contemporary Western but it's actually set in Key West a man's attempt to turn his back on cynical corrupt addicted played out America to become a fishing guide Naturally it all catches up to hi

  10. says:

    I was intrigued by this novel because some of my counter parts in the fishing world love it Being born and raised in Flori

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