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A Journey to Matecumbe
Robert Lewis Taylor
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A Journey to Matecumbe

4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
A book I read years ago and knew had been written by the same man who wrote The Travels of Jamie McPheeters. It has taken me several attempts to locate it. It is the story of a boy who takes a trip from Illinois to the Florida Keys. It has everything from hurricans to Seminole in it. Glad I found it again.
Hardcover, 424 pages
Published 1961 by McGraw-Hill
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Christopher Bunn
Mar 07, 2011 Christopher Bunn rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most amazing books I've ever read. Taylor is a master at building characters. He's also one of the few genuinely funny American writers. Not all of his books are humorous, of course, but Matecumbe certainly takes that laurel.

The book is essentially an account of a young boy, Davey, and his Uncle Jim traveling down to the Florida Keys. It's much more complicated than that, involving the KKK, pirate treasure, a quack doctor and his lovely daughter, a runaway heiress, but the tri
Jul 04, 2013 Jeff rated it really liked it
Journey to Matecumbe (1961)

This is a historical adventure novel by Robert Lewis Taylor, who won a Pulitzer Prize for The Travels of Jamie McPheeters (1958). I would have catalogued that one as a western as its about western pioneers. This takes place in the South after the Civil War, and I thought about grouping it that way, but the journey the characters embark on takes them east to Florida. Apparently, historical accuracy is a big deal for writers of the genre, or it was for this guy. (The be
Mary Z : )
Dec 28, 2012 Mary Z : ) rated it it was amazing
Another winner by Robert Lewis Taylor! He packs so much into his stories. Each paragraph needs to be read and savored, not skimmed, or you might miss something of importance or interest. Bring me more!
Sep 25, 2012 Donna rated it liked it
Interesting in a geographical sense but story line is a bit slow for my tastes.
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