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Walls of blue coquina : a novel
Harrison, Sam.
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San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990.
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Elderly Bobby Sauls sits on the porch and gazes out at the Florida Gulf Coast waters while his wife of more than 50 years runs their rental cottages. Their family consists of grandson Junior and married granddaughter Julie and her husband, Ronnie, who works on a local oyster boat. Dreams and visions have become a way of life for Bobby until the arrival of psychic Ike on his Harley-Davidson, whose prediction that a "very powerful and beautiful event" will take place at the cottages focuses Bobby's expectations. This group is joined by the reserved Mr. Wilkes, separated from his wife and seeking a quiet place to reconstruct the skeleton of his infant son. While Bobby wonders about the tenants and tries to anticipate the great event, Mother Sauls decides to remember her entire life and commit it to paper. Events are played out in such a way as to provide revelations for one and all, especially for the reader who learns that life is not over at any age for those who remain aware of their experiences and responsible for their relationships. Harrison has penned a quirky but insightful tale. --Susan Nelson

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This novel's few, oddball characters, minimal action, isolated setting and philsophical premise strongly recall Waiting for Godot ; Harrison mesmerizes the reader with the character of an old man who does little more than sit on his porch all day, staring at the Gulf of Mexico. Bobby Sauls, huddled with his family in a microcosmic cluster of cottages on the Florida coast, has waited all his life for something to happen. Convinced that the all-important event will occur soon, Bobby conjures up visions of it, unaware at times whether he is awake or dreaming. When even he seems likely to lose faith in his convictions, the author persuades us that something just might come to pass after all. Indeed, ``the pathetic ragings, beautiful and sad, of Bobby's disintegrating mind'' are themselves uncommonly powerful, and Bobby's encounters while he waits are perhaps more interesting than whatever he's waiting for. Harrison's elaborate exploration of a dying man's need to believe in some transcendental experience while attempting to tie up the loose ends of his life is thoughtful and compelling throughout. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved