FISHERMAN'S BEACH by George Vukelich


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French-Irish-Catholic Old Man le Mere is indomitable- even as he lies presumably dying in bed- in his determination to preserve his fisherman's beach in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, and to hand it down to the worthiest of his five sons- the one who ""loves his work like he loves his woman"". So it is that Germaine, his eldest, is summoned home from army service abroad after six years, threatening Roger, his second son, who is afraid he will lose not only his inheritance but also the casual relationship he has entertained with the crippled girl Germaine once loved and forfeited along with his faith. But in the hostilities to follow, Germaine steps aside- knowing that Roger is the one most like his father, and after a last, derivately Old Man of the Sea sequence, Le Mere dies peaceably having struggled to the death to bring in a sturgeon.... A first novel is at best sincere and indigenous, but simple, inarticulate people such as this present a language handicap and they are no more developed than the primitive, inbred way of life which has produced them. As such the appeal is indeterminate and indistinct.

Publisher: St Martin's Press