The Great Yacht Race
Anthony C. Winkler
5" x 7 3/4" • 424 pages
ISBN 9781405068826 • paperback • $15.00 •
"Winkler manages to combine mockery with benevolence, accuracy with absurdity and the hard facts of life with a shot of magical humour...this is the work of a master storyteller."
-Susan Knight, Caribbean Review of Books
Murders, scandals and the pursuit of forbidden pleasures may help to while the time away, but for Montego Bay's elite in the 1950s nothing is as important as the annual yacht race. Winkler interweaves the lives of five Montegonians: Fitzpatrick the barrister, Angwin the magistrate, O'Hara the hotelier, Biddle the reporter - all of whom will eventually compete in the race - and Father Huck, the American priest who ministers over them and tried his best to understand them, while battling with his own conflicts.
In so doing Winkler provides us with an affectionately satirical, hilarious view of a paranoid, hypocritical and eccentric colonialist society, during the twilight of its influence.
Anthony C. Winkler was educated in Jamaica and in America, where he earned his BA and MA degrees in English. In the mid-70's he established himself as a full-time freelance writer resident in the USA, specializing in writing and producing textbooks for America's college level English composition market. His first novel, The Painted Canoe, was published in Jamaica in 1984. The Lunatic followed in 1987, and Winkler also wrote the screenplay for a highly successful film of this novel. Other works include Great Yacht Race (1992), Going Home to Teach (1995) and The Duppy (1997).
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