Jimmy Buffet has a refreshing way of writing. I like his style. This one involves Tully Mars, a cowboy who ends up on a tropical island - with his horse - after running from the law after an incident at the pink poodle ranch..........yes, pink poodles. As I said, Mr. Buffet is creative.
A great read full of adventure and some tragedy. Buffet's lead Character and Narrator shares his crazy Caribbean escape that all began when he become a wanted fugitive. One misfortune after another lands Tully... and his horse, Mr. Twain, into the lap a new life changing adventure to some quaint yet exotic Caribbean paradise. After running from two moronic and unfortunately persistent bounty hunter Brothers, Tully runs into an old aquaintence, whose boss eventually helps get his charges cleared. Meanwhile he captures the respect and friendship of a 101 yr old woman (Cleopatra) who captain's of one the world's most beautiful historic schooner's. Cleopatra, on a mission of her own to restore an old lighthouse, rescues Tully from the Bounty Hunters and offers him a position on her fleet. After working diligently and searching the ends of the earth for the last "soul of Light" Lens, the lighthouse is complete and Tully who realizes he is a free man can finally settle down in one location, with a lifetime of treasures left to him by Cleopatra.
I really liked this book!! I'd never really heard of Jimmy Buffett before, besides the names, but he has a marvelous sense of adventure and a rollicking way of writing. I thoroughly enjoyed his descriptions of Caribbean life, fishing, boating, going off to find the mysterious lens, and his sometimes tawdry experiences along the way. He seems to look at life as a jolly good time, and learning some things along the way.
"Salty Piece of Land" continues the adventures of Tully Mars and Mr. Twain, picking up where "Tales From Margaritaville" left off. This novel has Tully running both from the law and his past as he helps a crusty old lady sea captain attempt to restore a decrepit lighthouse in the Bahamas. Stories like this one show that no matter where you live, visiting the tropics is as easy and convenient as turning the pages of a book.
From Publishers Weekly
There's a Condé Nast Traveler article fighting to get out of bestseller Buffett's first new novel in a decade, a groovily laid-back, ramblingly anecdotal, sun-soaked bit of Caribbean escapism that his Parrothead fans will relish like another chorus of "Margaritaville." Tully Mars, a 40-ish ex-cowboy turned guide at the Lost Boys Fishing Lodge island resort, undertakes various sojourns around the Caribbean, to Mayan ruins, a jungle safari camp, a spring break bacchanal in Belize. Nothing much happens"That day, we spent the rest of the daylight hours on the shallow waters of Ascension Bay and the lagoon amid incredible natural beauty unlike anything I had ever seen before" is about as busy as it getsexcept that Tully meets a parade of colorful natives and expatriates, including a Mayan medicine man, a British commando and a 103-year-old woman who skippers a sailing schooner and wants to restore a historic lighthouse on Cayo Loco, the titular island. The characters are all hospitality entrepreneurs, and Buffett (A Pirate Looks at Fifty) also gives them shaggy-dog anecdotes, tidbits of Caribbean history and desultory life lessons to relate. There are glimmers of plotbounty hunters, loves lost and foundbut mostly Tully has little to do but savor the accommodations and atmospherics of tourist locales while the sea washes him with waves of love, happiness and maturity as infallibly as the tides. This book is as cheery and tropical as Buffet's music.
This was a light, sometimes funny, quick read that didn't require any serious thought on my part. It is great for an afternoon's entertainment but it was not exciting enough to become one of my favorites.
A Salty Piece of Land is the tale of cowboy Tully Mars's surprising adventures as he visits the lighthouse on Cayo Loco, a tropical island that's not on any map-the perfect place to run away from all your problems.
I love Buffett and I am a Parrothead, BUT the writing in this book is awful. I have had to read sentences twice because I couldn't believe it was that badly written. I have a theory about why this book is so bad, 1. Either he had ALOT of help with writing his other books (can you say Carl Hiiasen?) 2. He didn't care about the quality of this book and just sent it to his publisher without any rewrites to make some quick money. Save your time and money on this one and just read Joe Merchant instead, or better yet pick up Hiiasen.
While I love buffett this is not one of his better books. Fun and simple, the editors should have done a better job with him working on it. It is a good tale but I didnt care for how it was laid our and written down.
That said, I wouldnt recommend buying it, but getting from a library so it would cost you nothing and the enjoyment would be guilt free.
I have always enjoyed Jimmy Buffett's songs, but was unaware of his talent for fiction. My husband read this, and said we should sell the house and buy a boat!! He is talented in his novels, and his music!!!
This was my first Jimmy Buffet read, and I really liked it. The main character is someone who takes life as it comes, making the most of any opportunity that comes along, and making lifelong friends along the way. Fun read!
A nice comfortable listen. The book is basically a collection of short stories and character studies of folks I'd like to hang out with loosely woven together in a narrative of the life of Tully Mars. Fun and enjoyable with minimal conflict, as any true Parrothead might anticipate.
I wasn't a huge fan of "Where is Joe Merchant?" when I read it a couple of years ago, so I wasn't all that excited going into "A Salty Piece of Land." But oh my goodness it is amazing. Likeable characters, connections to Buffett's songs and other pop-culture references worked in seamlessly, a compelling story, and of course great settings. I'm actually keeping my copy so that I can re-read it later.
i'm a big fan of Jimmy Buffett's music, having attended quite a few concerts, i thought i'd give his books a try... not impressed with this one, i just kept waiting for it to grab me, but it never did, i found it a chore to continue on with the story, i wanted to like it, i just didn't.