Better late than never? I hope so – I gotta be a more-diligent blogger. About a week ago, I finished Sterling Hayden’s Wanderer out at Orange Beach, Alabama. That Friday (12 April), my leggy wife (the Mojowoman) and I had driven west along the coast on the Florida panhandle. Once we got to O.B., I finished Wanderer as a way of winding down.
As I’ve already blogged several entries on Wanderer, I’m not sure that I have much left to say. The book’s narrative flows easily enough as it has a natural end and beginning with Hayden’s sailboat journey to and from Tahiti. Both for better and for worse, Hayden leaves his readers with no easy answers.
Clearly, he went on the journey as part of a mid-life crisis, an attempt to escape his unrewarding acting career and family problems. Predictably, he doesn’t find nirvana in Tahiti – wherever you go, there you are. At journey’s end, Hayden refuses to pretend that he’s found The Answer – but he doesn’t leave the reader without hope, either.
My reaction to Wanderer never really changed. The book was good throughout, but not outstanding – a solid 7 out of 10.
A final note – last Monday I returned Wanderer to my local library, where I’d borrowed it through inter-library loan. My special thanks to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute for sending their copy to Mobile so that I could read it.