Far Tortuga Summary
In Far Tortuga, Matthiessen continues in many ways the explorations begun in At Play in the Fields of the Lord. But the configurations of the later novel allow a more perfectly executed rendering, not only in that here the setting of a voyage isolates the characters more completely in a microcosm of the world, but that the land world of these men, the Cayman Islands, is itself unreal, exotic. The richness of entry, for the reader, into this novel, the haunting sense of "being there" created by the stark description and dialogue, may obscure the apprehension of Matthiessen's commentary. Yet it is present nonetheless, in the lyrics of a Hank Williams song from the mouth of the feral, sociopathic engineer, in the easy juxtaposition of diesel engines and obeah.
Far Tortuga offers a sometimes amusing, sometimes painful parody of the quest for glory, the...
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Peter Matthiessen Biographies (5)
3,810 words, approx. 13 pages
Peter Matthiessen is widely considered one of the most important wilderness writers of the twentieth century. In fiction and nonfiction alike, he explores endangered natural environments and human cul...
3,158 words, approx. 11 pages
Peter Matthiessen's increasingly substantial reputation as a novelist rests firmly on two remarkable books. Although he wrote three promising early novels, his two best-known works of fiction are sure...
7,131 words, approx. 24 pages
Peter Matthiessen is among a handful of American authors to be nominated for the National Book Award in both fiction and nonfiction--for the novel At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1965) and the trav...
4,053 words, approx. 14 pages
While Peter Matthiessen's publications include several well-received novels, his reputation as a writer rests largely on his nonfiction nature books, which passionately yet scientifically document the...
5,075 words, approx. 17 pages
Peter Matthiessen was born on May 22, 1927, in New York City to Elizabeth Carey and Erard Matthiessen. "I am a New Yorker by birth, not inclination; I have never remained there very long."My formative...