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Walter Covell rough almost harsh voice leaves one feeling as though the narrator has spent or misspent a lifetime on the open seas. He tells these stories like an old mariner at the dockside pub.
I had mixed reactions to these short stories. Almost none came out the way one expects. In one case, a murderer walks away unpunished; further the reader (listener) cheers and the tiger story is absolutely fun, well at the end. My three favorites are: The Lady of the Barge although, I am not exactly sure what was resolved, it was an interesting boat ride, I think the guy got the girl; A Mixed Proposal where the lover is cheated out of his lady by his lady and his rival (I cheered for the rival); Captain Rogers was alluded to above as a story where the murderer walks free undetected. The Monkey's Paw and The Well are a bit macabre for my sensitive nature and tender heart. Nevertheless, there other natures and hearts which will find them engrossing, even entertaining.
If you buy this book, don't expected a barn burner. The stories are merely interesting, drops of picante sauce in the gumbo of one's library of life.
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