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The ordinary seaman is Esteban, a nineteen-year-old veteran of the war in Nicaragua who has come to America with fourteen other men to form the crew of the boat Urus. Docked on a desolate Brooklyn pier, the Urus turns out to be a wreck, the men - without the ability to return to their homes - become its prisoners, and the city of New York is transformed into a mysterious and alluring world they cannot penetrate. Esteban, haunted by his dead lover from the war, eventually gathers the courage to escape from the ship and embarks on a quest for a new life and love in the city. The Ordinary Seaman is both a richly human story of abandonment, loss, betrayal, and the power of love and a modern fable about America's hidden immigrant culture.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780802135483
ISBN-10: 080213548X
Format: Paperback
(222mm x 146mm x 32mm)
Pages: 386
Imprint: Avalon Travel Publishing
Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
Publish Date: 20-Jan-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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