** The Boatmaker by John Benditt

It took me a while to warm up to The Boatmaker, and I never quite embraced the story, but it’s certainly a cleverly written story of a skilled carpenter who leaves his (unnamed, mysterious) small island to seek his fortune. He will encounter a rapacious lover, a weird religious cult, and ethnic riots. The sequence of events is so outlandish that I found it difficult to believe that one individual could indeed run into so many trials but my main quarrel is with the abysmal set of female characters, all doormats or crooks, but always willing to hop in the sack. The parable-like writing is interesting…


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