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Go to the Widow-Maker

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  90 ratings  ·  5 reviews
A playwright vacationing in Jamaica becomes dangerously obsessed with deep-sea diving


Ron Grant is one of the finest playwrights of his generation, second only to Tennessee Williams in pure genius. But success does not mean he feels like a man. On vacation in Jamaica with his mistress, an ice queen who considers him her personal trophy, his thoughts are back in New York Ci
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Paperback, 750 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Open Road Media (first published January 1st 1967)
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Philip
I've never had much luck with Jones's classic FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (158 pages seems to be the furthest into it I've ever gotten), and I recall making a half-hearted attempted at the opening pages of this novel ages ago. Lately I found myself with an impulse to try it again; it starts out slowly, but the pace - and readability - pick up. I'm now a third of the way in, and feel that I'm along for the ride.

Although I personally have absolutely no interest in scuba-diving, Jones's narrative - in wh
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Oyster
Norman Mailer declared James Jones the only writer with more talent than himself, and his writing prowess certainly comes into focus in this tale of a playwright becoming obsessed with deep sea diving—a sport not for the faint at heart.
Ancience
one of the few airport books I've read. Didn't enjoy it
Patricia
I loved this book. Read it 3xs the 1st was in my 20s and was sailing in the Caribbean and felt like I was living the novel on some bizarre level in a different level.
Shawn
This is great read, was my introduction to the author.
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James Ramon Jones was an American author known for his explorations of World War II and its aftermath.

His wartime experiences inspired some of his most famous works. He witnessed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which led to his first published novel, From Here to Eterni
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