The Plover (Compact Disc)

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By Brian Doyle, David Drummond (Narrated by)
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Declan is fed up with life's complications, people's expectations, and other complexities of existence. He decides to set sail on the Pacific in his boat, The Plover. All he wants is to be alone and unencumbered, to live a simple life on the sea with no destination in mind. But things don't turn out as planned. His first companion is an unwanted seagull, whom he grudgingly befriends ... and this is not the only unlikely crew member Declan takes on during his journey. As the cast of colorful characters grows, the adventure begins. Doyle's prose is amusing, at times profound, full of wonder, and always thoroughly enjoyable. The Ploveris a delightful novel--it is a one-of-a-kind south seas adventure--but also an exploration of the interconnectedness of everything and everyone. It pays homage both to the ocean and to the human spirit, in their vast, mysterious, ever-changing beauty.

— Sharon

Declan is fed up with life's complications, people's expectations, and other complexities of existence. He decides to set sail on the Pacific in his boat, The Plover. All he wants is to be alone and unencumbered, to live a simple life on the sea with no destination in mind. But things don't turn out as planned. His first companion is an unwanted seagull, whom he grudgingly befriends ... and this is not the only unlikely crew member Declan takes on during his journey. As the cast of colorful characters grows, the adventure begins. Doyle's prose is amusing, at times profound, full of wonder, and always thoroughly enjoyable. The Ploveris a delightful novel--it is a one-of-a-kind south seas adventure--but also an exploration of the interconnectedness of everything and everyone. It pays homage both to the ocean and to the human spirit, in their vast, mysterious, ever-changing beauty.

— Sharon

April 2014 Indie Next List


“A solitary sea journey for an epically disillusioned man named Declan O'Donnell evolves into a rousing adventure tale in Doyle's The Plover. O'Donnell's small boat becomes the refuge of a number of unexpected -- and largely unwelcome -- passengers, all of them anxious to leave their former lives bobbing in the ship's wake. Lyrical and literate, this novel is as much a love story dedicated to the sea as it is an exciting and ultimately moving human drama.”
— Alden Graves, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT

Description


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.

About the Author


Brian Doyle edits "Portland Magazine" at the University of Portland in Oregon. He is the award-winning author of many books, among them the sprawling Oregon novel "Mink River."

David Drummond has been narrating audiobooks for a few years now and hopes one of these days to get it right. He much prefers dead authors and live audiences.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781494531980
ISBN-10: 1494531984
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: May 13th, 2014
Language: English