Declan O Donnell has sailed out of Oregon and deep into the vast, wild ocean, having had just finally enough of other people and their problems. He will go it alone, he will be his own country, he will be beholden to and beloved of no one. No man is an island, my butt, he thinks. I am that very man....
But the galaxy soon presents him with a string of odd, entertaining, and dangerous passengers, who become companions of every sort and stripe. The Plover is the story of their adventures and misadventures in the immense blue country one of their company calls Pacifica. Hounded by a mysterious enemy, reluctantly acquiring one new resident after another, Declan O Donnell's lonely boat is eventually crammed with humor, argument, tension, and a resident herring gull.
Brian Doyle's The Plover is a sea novel, a maritime adventure, the story of a cold man melting, a compendium of small miracles, an elegy to Edmund Burke, a watery quest, a battle at sea - and a rapturous, heartfelt celebration of life's surprising paths, planned and unplanned.
"A rare and unusual book and a brilliant, mystical exploration of the human spirit." (Kirkus, Starred Review)
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Poetry, the sea and finally story
I would listen again for the lyrical writing and the performance of the reader.
The language, best done on audible as I think the performance made the words come
to life. I liked Mink River a little better but Plover was a great listen.
As I have said, Mr. Drummond's performance makes the book come alive and he is able to capture the lyrical quality of the language, like Shakespeare, some things are better read out loud.
The Plover soars as a rollicking, frolicking, meaningful sea story.
- Islo Hartwig