Port Tropique (Google eBook)
Revolution is simmering in the heat of battered Central American town Port Tropique, where protagonist Franz Hall is an "intellectual Meursault in a paranoid Hemingway landscape, a self-conscious Conradian adventurer, a Lord Jim in the earliest stages of selfwilled failure" (New York Times). The ineffectual hero spends his days drinking and observing people in the zócalo, and occasional nights involved in an ivory-smuggling operation threatened by impending government siege. Always persistent are memories of Marie and what was lost. In this sinuous narrative of dislocation and remorse, Barry Gifford details Franz’s mundanity and the bizarre cast of characters swirling around him.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
This very short novel is also very nearly perfect. The protagonist, Franz, is simply existing from day to day, working for smugglers in a Central American country to make the money he needs for booze and a place to sleep. What makes the book fascinating is that Franz is not a typical noir loser; he is smart, he has charm, and women are attracted to him. He spends most of the time thinking about his past, however, his failed marriage in particular. He has no plan for the future. Gifford tells the story in short episodes of no more than a few paragraphs--in a few words doing more than many authors can in a dozen pages. Once you start this book, you won't be able to put it down.
Review: Port TropiqueUser Review - Jim - Goodreads
Look at Port Tropique as Latin Noir. Author Barry Gifford's hero is a bagman for whoever has to transfer large amounts of illicit funds. In the meantime, he makes friends with journalists and others ... Read full review