December 9th, 2004
|08:23 am - "Follow the equator, like that old articulator. . ."|
So I now have Jimmy's new book, A Salty Piece of Land. It comes with a CD, too, and I rather like the song on it.
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.
Current Mood: creative
Current Music: "Take Another Road", -JB
When you finish that, you might try Black Jack Point by Jeff Abbott. It's a murder mystery series, if that doesn't put you off, but the setting is the Padre Island area of Texas, and the protagonist is a rather Buffett-esque character. This is the first book in the series, and there are others if it appeals. Extra bonus: Jeff Abbott is a very talented writer.
*makes mental note*
I'll have to look for that when I find the free time to finish this one :) Might be a while :)
Ha. Yes. . . I haven't had time to listen to it more than once or twice, though. I like to take my time with them.
I didn't even think about listening to it on the way up, even though I had it.
man, now I can't buy you that book for yule!
Ha. You should realize that Buffett albums, books, and DVD's are all things that I buy upon release :)
There are few other things like this :)