This book combines a morality play with MacDonald's is at the dispoiling of Florida by developers. World war two and the wealth it brought America in is aftermath changed many values in America. At the time many people questioned the changing values. To some extent every generation goes through that. The pill set the stage for even more dramatic change.
Post traumatic stress disorder was yet to be recognized. She'll shock an extreme and acute version had become part of the vocabulary but as a society we had yet to realize the chronic burden many carried at wars end. That is part of what MacDonald addresses here. MacDonald was there and saw what it did to the combatants, including himself. It probably did him good to get some of that of of his chest.
The scene of action for the novel is an amalgam of a couple of places on Florida's West coast - probably nearer Sarasota. It is interesting to hear him speak of a getaway to Marco. A much different place when the novel was written than it is now. At best it was a sleepy Beach town and fishing village. Having lived on the West coast of Florida for the last fort years I identify with MacDonald's disappointment with all the changes he saw take place.
No doubt one of the reasons I enjoy MacDonald's books is that so many are set in Florida.
- Paperback: 277 pages
- Publisher: Random House Inc; Reprint edition (11 February 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812985257
- ISBN-13: 978-0812985252
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.4 x 20.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 259 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)