What happens when you have had a hard life, when you no longer have feeling, but numbness. Follow Caldwell, Beverly and Jimmy to Dampier Island where they are all obsessed with something. Local characters, Maywell "Bonefish" Hope and Lester Brown, which provide some colorful exchanges thoughout the novel. And will Hurricane Claire pass them or head straight for them? Who will survive and who will perish?
This book was just OK, I'm not sure why it was short-listed for the Giller Prize.
It was unusual, so I found it good to read something different. I also like to support Canadian fiction. However, I didn't find the plot that intelligent and it came to no real revelation for me, no conclusion of consequence so to speak.
I also thought it was very "male" in that the language was often crude and abrupt. I also found the repeated use of such terms as "purchase" (e.g. his feet found purchase on the rocks) annoying.
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