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The Ordinary Seaman

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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
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

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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.
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