Mega Dose
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Original Essays | September 17, 2014

    Merritt Tierce: IMG Has My Husband Read It?



    My first novel, Love Me Back, was published on September 16. Writing the book took seven years, and along the way three chapters were published in... Continue »

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$4.95
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton Literature- A to Z

This title in other editions

The Ordinary Seaman

by

The Ordinary Seaman Cover

ISBN13: 9780802135483
ISBN10: 080213548x
Condition: Standard
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $4.95!

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In this lyrical and spellbinding book, Goldman tells the stories of 15 Central American men who have come to America--most on their life savings--to staff the crew of the "Urus". The ordinary seaman is Esteban, a veteran of the war in Guatemala, a young man haunted by the loss of his last love. As he works up the courage to start a new life, his story and those of his shipmates come to life, illuminating the conflicts and triumphs of the human heart. 400 pp. 8-city tour.

Synopsis:

The Ordinary Seaman, the second novel from acclaimed writer Francisco Goldman is a lyrical and spellbinding story of hope, despair, and the promise of love. The ordinary seaman is Esteban, a 19-year-old veteran of the war in Nicaragua, who has come to America with 14 other men to form the crew of the Urus. Docked on a desolate Brooklyn pier, the Urus is a wreck, and the men, without the means to return home, become its prisoners. Esteban, haunted by the loss of his first love in the war, gradually works up the courage to escape the ship and start a new life in the city. His story and those of his shipmates come to life, illuminating the conflicts and triumphs of the human heart.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

h, April 16, 2013 (view all comments by h)
An author I hadn't heard of until a friend tossed his name my way, an author I'll keep returning to. This novel is spectacular. The plot is based on stasis--Central American seamen stuck on a ship in Brooklyn harbor--but ventures to the civil war in Nicaragua, the Amazon rainforest, penthouse Manhattan apartments, and hair salons owned by a gay exile from Cuba. The prose is captivating; Goldman has a talent for the terse metaphor that crosses the somber with the shocking.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802135483
Author:
Goldman, Francisco
Publisher:
Grove Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Romance
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Sailors
Subject:
Nicaraguans
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
New York (N.Y.) Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
5
Publication Date:
19980131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 16 oz

Other books you might like

  1. Gardening for the Futures of the... Used Trade Paper $6.95
  2. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    Used Mass Market $2.95
  3. Ronia, the Robber's Daughter
    Used Trade Paper $4.00
  4. Bound for Oregon Used Trade Paper $4.50

Related Subjects

Biography » Reference
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

The Ordinary Seaman Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$4.95 In Stock
Product details 400 pages Grove Press - English 9780802135483 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
The Ordinary Seaman, the second novel from acclaimed writer Francisco Goldman is a lyrical and spellbinding story of hope, despair, and the promise of love. The ordinary seaman is Esteban, a 19-year-old veteran of the war in Nicaragua, who has come to America with 14 other men to form the crew of the Urus. Docked on a desolate Brooklyn pier, the Urus is a wreck, and the men, without the means to return home, become its prisoners. Esteban, haunted by the loss of his first love in the war, gradually works up the courage to escape the ship and start a new life in the city. His story and those of his shipmates come to life, illuminating the conflicts and triumphs of the human heart.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.