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Skipper, an ex-World War II naval Lieutenant and the narrator of Second Skin, interweaves past and present--what he refers to as his naked history--in a series of episodes that tell the story of a volatile life marked by pitiful losses, as well as a more elusive, overwhelming, joy. The past: the suicides of his father, wife and daughter, the murder of his son-in-law, a brutal rape, and subsequent mutiny at sea. The present: caring for his granddaughter on a northern island where he works as an artificial inseminator of cows, and attempts to reclaim the innocence with which he faced the tragedies of his earlier life. Combining unflinching descriptions of suffering with his sense of beauty, Hawkes is a master of nimble and sensuous prose who makes the awful and mundane fantastic, and occasionally makes the fantastic surreal.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780451027689
Publisher:
Signet
Subject:
General Fiction
Author:
Hawkes, John
Publication Date:
19600101
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Dimensions:
5 x 7 x 1 in 0.5 lb

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