LUTHER TARBOX by Jan Adkins

LUTHER TARBOX

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An agreeable tall tale about lucky Luther Tarbox, a happy man with a pure tenor voice who sings as he goes about his lobstering. Luther also has a good compass and chart aboard his boat, and one day in a fog when he's called upon to use them, along rows a woman who has lost her way. He agrees to take her to port if she waits till he's pulled his pots. Then one by one more and more fogbound mariners are attracted by Luther's song and added to those waiting for guidance, so that at the end Luther's good wife Jessie, waiting on the dock, laughs to see Luther emerge from the fog followed by a rowboat, a motorboat, a daysailer, a cabin cruiser, a 104-foot schooner, and finally (on another page and new to the reader) ""the ponderous black bow of the Japanese oil tanker Tokyo Maru, 70 feet high and almost as wide as the cove."" Adkins tells the story with a straight New England face, and the soft pencil sketches of Luther's milieu reflect his contentment.

Pub Date: Sept. 6th, 1977
Publisher: Scribners