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Book Review – Of Sea and Cloud

November 5, 2014

OfSeaAndCloudWithout a doubt, one of the best books I’ve read this year. There’s a touch of Cormac McCarthy in both the language and characters but I think that’s more incidental than even homage. The people in this book demand a cold sparseness to reflect their cold, sparse lives and yet Keller injects plenty of heat and warmth into their dealings with each other.

As for the technical aspects of the book, it’s clear it was written by someone who knows lobster fishing and lobstermen. The world he creates around these aspects feels authoritative. I would never out loud pretend to know fully the lives of lobster fishermen, but inside I now feel like a bit of an expert.

As you can tell, I highly recommend this book. The language is beautiful, the relationships are real and heartfelt, and the world is probably as close as you’re going to get to setting lobster traps yourself.

Full disclosure: I went to grad school with Jon Keller. I don’t know if this affects my feelings about the book other than to say it makes me feel lucky to have studied with him.

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