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Ninety-two in the Shade

Ninety two in the Shade 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 skiff guide

  • Title: Ninety-two in the Shade
  • Author: Thomas McGuane
  • ISBN: 9780679752899
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 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 aTiring 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 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.

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    1. 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 welcome.92 in the Shade is the high-water mark of McGuane's prose style. He writes with effortless flash, with a precise diction that is trademark. He slides from formal [...]

    2. 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 many irrelevant asides, the ending is not fulfilling. Yet all of it is beautifully, sometimes breathtakingly, written, a single redeeming virtue that makes the book worth reading, if you put aside its faults, slow down, and savor it. An example (p. 23) "Then too you could remember [...]

    3. A sane man thinking of death, however casually, should immediately visit a girl whether in quest of information, affinities, or carnal gratification, It’s a case of any port in a storm, mortality being, in any case, an omnipresent hurricane.Thomas 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, lost in Cocaine Carolina, wandering empty highways, expecting t [...]

    4. I watched a film based on the book around 10 years ago. It was on a video CD without subtitles. I didn't 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 eccentric characters who have no real future. There is Tom Skelton who was a druggie [...]

    5. 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 w [...]

    6. 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 existential angst of the characters, the insider references to Key West life (I've lived in FL almost 30 yrs but didn't have a clue) it was all just too much. Another reviewer said 'written on drugs', that seems about right.

    7. 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.

    8. I emailed my favorite writer from Rolling Stone and particularly 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 afterwards:"The fuselage, a remnant of a crash-landed navy reconnaissance plane, rested logically on a concrete form and had by now in the quick tropical growing seasons become impressively laced with strangler fig (a plan [...]

    9. I was intrigued by this novel because some of my counter parts in the fishing world love it. Being born and raised in Florida, having spent a great deal of my childhood down in the Keys, and being an avid fisherman (almost charter captain); I thought for sure I would love this story. But I didn't. McGuane shows he is a craftsman of metaphors and prose. But I found the story itself kind of flat and the characters lacking emotion. Everything was just it will be what it will be. The story often goe [...]

    10. 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 unbelievable but still somehow not at all intriguing. Get the sense that I'm supposed to be impressed by the glib tone and the attempts at dimestore philosophy in the mouths of its actors -- because that's what they are -- but instead I'm simply left wondering how a writer can string together such wordy and pointlessly diffuse sentences without any sense of poetr [...]

    11. Read this in a day-and-a-half on the beach in Mexico circa 2005; a great story set in Key West told in an awesome voice that was unique but also reminded me of a wild combination of Cormac McCarthy and Carl Hiaasen.

    12. Ten years ago, I probably could have gotten into this. Now it’s just a tiring amount of writing with not enough story to keep me going.

    13. This is probably a good example of what is sometimes called a ‘literary genre novel’. Plot-wise there is a stock baddie whose proclivity for violence is meant to supply narrative tension; Language-wise there are a lot of superfluous big words and abstract riffs utterly unrelated to the so-called action at hand.The greatly-named Nichol Dance is the novel’s resident nutjob, as well as, importantly, a successful local Key West skiff guide. (A recent cycling trip to the Keys spurred me to pick [...]

    14. As some zany mix of Jim Harrison everyman-in-nature, Barry Hannah rambunctiousness, Don DeLillo skepticism and outward-facing preoccupation, Pynchon silliness (see Skelton's father's insane two-page rant about legacy toward the book's end), Brautigan defamiliarization ("The shadows lay this way and that, the way a tide will carry on a particularly shaped bottom, bulging and deepening and only holding fish in specific places. Or the way six grandmothers will fall when simultaneously struck by lig [...]

    15. Honest to goodness, I thought this would be the book of my life. It's Florida, it seems wild and dangerous and whatever else. But it wasn't my book.I didn't love it, I didn't hate the story, but I hated reading it. I was happy with the ending but also relieved that it ended.To the best of my understanding, and only by the last couple of pages was I able to dimly see, this book is about men with ideals and how those men mostly are misfits in "the republic," specifically, consumerism and, in some [...]

    16. The central conflict running through Thomas McGuane’s entertaining early novel Ninety-two in the Shade is that a man named Nichol Dance has promised to kill the protagonist, Skelton, if the latter follows through on his intent to become a flyfishing guide on Key West. Apparently, it's a pretty competitive business environment. The story begins humorously, but not too far into it we get a flashback to the time a few years earlier when — in a bar, after repeated provocation— Nichol Dance sho [...]

    17. McGuane gets compared to Pynchon quite a bit, which I’ve never understood save perhaps the sheer madcap pace of language and witticisms, but whereas with Pynchon these come in bursts, with McGuane they’re pretty much sustained. Perhaps that’s why McGuane writes shorter books — you can only keep up that pace for so long, both as a writer and a reader. The Bushwhacked Piano remains one of my favorite books and this one is equally good, but somehow too much the same, the same tragic inevita [...]

    18. Not an easy read by any means, but interesting and enjoyable. The language takes a bit to get used to, but it was so good that after the first 30 pages (which is about when I really got into the flow of things) I went back and started over. I've started The Cadence of Grass before (didn't finish), which was written some 30 years after 92/Shade. Cadence is a much tighter product than 92/Shade, but that precisely is why I enjoyed this book so much. Crazy characters, wacky action, and thought-provo [...]

    19. While it certainly took a few pages to fall into step with McGuane's adjective laden cadence, "Ninety-Two in the Shade" offered a freewheeling little tale full of sex, drugs and abject pride. Occasionally, McGuane spends a tad too much time looking to impress the reader with his erudition and, once again, occasionally he only manages to bore. That being said, when McGuane hits his mark, like with his descriptions of Goldsboro Skelton and Bella Knowles and their octogenarian sex romps, the pages [...]

    20. This novel, first published in the early 1970's, seems to reflect the existentialist philosophies in vogue in the mid 20th century. Life is ultimately absurd. There is no meaning in life beyond what you can work out for yourself, ultimately to be frustrated by others. While reading it, the famous quotation from Jean-Paul Sartre's play "Huis Clos" (translated as "No Exit") came to mind: "Hell is other people".

    21. Entry-level McGuane, one of my favorite authors of all time, and I'm not just saying that because he once answered a fan letter. Other favs: "The Sporting Club" and "Gallatin Canyon," a recent collection of short stories. His writing often is challenging because he uses language in unique ways, but I always find the struggle worthwhile. Just three words of warning about "92", however: Written On Drugs. (But Read Sober.)

    22. I've now read 2 books by this author, this was the first and, so far, the most difficult. It was as though the author had a long, ongoing, detailed dream, and decided to put it down on paper. It was a struggle but it was well worth the effort. If you like neat, happy endings, you won't like this book.

    23. Ninety-two in the Shade is the story of a man struggling for purchase. Incomprehensible ranting occasionally interrupted by moments of humor and brilliant prose and more infrequently a plot. I couldn't help but feel, while reading, that the gaps between brilliance were more a result of my shortcomings as a reader.

    24. Tom McGuane is my cousin. But I'm not biased when I say this book is amazing. It's a classic, and if you've never heard of Tom, or his seminal novel, you should dive in. It's a tale soaked in sweat, booze, and salt water. This is the one that put him on the map, so if you're looking for a McGuane book to read, this is where you begin.

    25. i don't know how i was even remotely interested in this book, a plot that went from nonexistent to obvious, pointless sexual fantasy, cheap cliche humor, detached run-on piss stream of thought, and so on. But there were these times of backwards eloquence that kind of absorbed you in color from all aspects of the world as it might appear to a florida pseudo-redneck. god i can relate.

    26. Definitely going to read "Captain Berserko's" first two books. Lovely, unpredictable, lush prose and an interesting story. A groaning smörgåsbord of language, character, imagery, juxtaposition, dialogue and hilarity.Hadn't for some while enjoyed a book the way I enjoyed this.

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