The book follows Tully Mars, whom I last met riding down the Mississipi to the Gulf on his horse, Mr. Twain. That story, found in Tales From Margaritaville, is one of my favourites. You can also catch snippets of that story in the song "Take Another Road", found on the album Off To See the Lizard.
That's the beauty of Buffett's work: the story can stand alone, through any of the various media and incarnations you may find. . . but why should it, when you can have the whole story by taking it all in?
Jimmy's writing is a particular style: the story is always grand and beautiful, but the writing itself isn't so hot. You have to read the book for the story, not the writing.
But that's the way it's always been with Jimmy, and I wouldn't have it any other way.