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Penguin Books, Nov 29, 1979 - Fiction - 175 pages
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Thomas McGuane has made Panama a high-wire act of extravagant emotion and steel-nerved prose. As he haunts Key West, pestering family, threatening a potential in-law with a .38, and attempting to crucify himself on his ex's door out of sheer lovesickness, Chester emerges as the pure archetype of the McGuane hero. Out of his struggle to rejoin the human race--and the imminent possibility that he may die trying--McGuane has fashioned a harrowing and hilarious novel of 'alligators, macadam, the sea, sticky sex, laughter, and sudden death.

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User Review  - Hagelstein - LibraryThing

Chet Pomeroy, former bombastic rock star, current disturbed and sometimes manic resident of Key West, self-described “angler on the sea of God’s mysteries” is dealing with failure, substance issues ... Read full review

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User Review  - blanderson - LibraryThing

Funny, vibrant, yet repetitive---a funny experiment in voice and perception, with a hangdog narrative based around a down-and-out rocker's drug-addled thoughts. Read full review


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