AMIGO by Whitman Chambers


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Straight Hemingway derivative with Key West setting and characters with no health in them. There's Jimmie, brooding on his divorce which has intensified the drinking which was its cause; there's Leona, sultry and sulphurous, now his mistress and companion on his yawl; there's Phyllis, alcoholic divorcee, in love with Jimmie and trying to keep him from meeting Tony, who had fought for Loyalist Spain and was in trouble with the authorities; and there are sundry minor figures, none of them ""good companions"". Some flesh-peddling, some good close-knit scenes, a handful of economically drawn characters -- and you have this in the groove.

Publisher: Howell, Soskin