Quiet, homely, effective in understatement -- one of those books for a rather specialized market. Max Miller has built up a market. This is one of his best. The story of a man who escapes a life of standardization and conformity to a family and a community, and spends a year on the waterfront in the southwest, enjoying the simplicity of life on a houseboat with Lobster Johnny. From bums and derelicts and other associates of the beaches, he learns the value of tolerance, ease, peace and nature. It is a new way of life, expressing the communal spirit without the demands and obligations -- a valuable experience. An accident brings it to an end, and he is faced with the need to return to his old groove. Terse, vigorous bits of writing, some humor, genuineness.