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Forty Fathom Bank
by Les Galloway
Set in San Francisco in the 1940s, this novella of suspense and adventure is also a tale of greed, desperation, guilt, and ultimately, self-discovery. In the tradition of the sea sagas of Joseph Conrad and Ernest Hemingway, it is a deceptively simple and powerful story of a man who goes to sea - and survives horrendous events. The narrator, a 29-year-old married man who is ...more
Hardcover, 108 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Chronicle Books (CA)
(first published December 31st 1984)
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Greed. It's one of the Seven Deadly Sins, and for good reason, preceding the downfall of many good men, and even more good-intentioned men. In this short morality tale set in the 1940's, but told as a reminiscence more than a score years later, we have a man who is ever a victim of circumstances, so beset by his own dark humors that he never takes a hand in crafting his own fate. He falls into a marriage, falls into a job, falls out of a job, and falls into the ownership of a fishing boat, with ...more
Novellas usually leave me wanting for more, but this little book is well crafted and enjoyable. The only thing I do not like is the neurotic tendencies of the narrator. His mood and thoughts shift in an unstable fashion. (Undoubtedly, Les Galloway intended for the reader to mistrust and dislike the narrator, but his shifting thoughts are a bit distracting.) In distinct contrast to the narrator's character, Ethan May is a stalwart seaman and the true hero of the story. He is mysterious with his s ...more