Time and Tide: A Walk Through Nantucket

Time and Tide A Walk Through Nantucket Frank Conroy first visited Nantucket with a gang of college friends in They came on a whim and for Conroy it was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with this small relaxed oasis in the oce

  • Title: Time and Tide: A Walk Through Nantucket
  • Author: Frank Conroy
  • ISBN: 9781400046591
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Frank Conroy first visited Nantucket with a gang of college friends in 1955 They came on a whim, and for Conroy it was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with this small, relaxed oasis in the ocean This book, part travel diary, part memoir, is a hauntingly evocative and personal journey through Nantucket its sweeping dunes, rugged moors, remote beaches, secret fiFrank Conroy first visited Nantucket with a gang of college friends in 1955 They came on a whim, and for Conroy it was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with this small, relaxed oasis in the ocean This book, part travel diary, part memoir, is a hauntingly evocative and personal journey through Nantucket its sweeping dunes, rugged moors, remote beaches, secret fishing spots, and hidden forests and cranberry bogs Admirers of Conroy s classic and acclaimed memoir Stop Time will again delight in what James Atlas, writing in the New York Times, called his genius for close observation In Time and Tide, Conroy recounts the island s history from the glory days of the whaling boom to the present, when tourism dominates He vividly evokes the clash of cultures between the working class and the super rich, with the fragile ecology of the island always in the balance But most fascinating of all, he tells his own story of playing jazz piano in the island s bars of raising a barn in the early 60s with the help of a bunch of hippie carpenters of leasing an old, failed bar with two island pals and turning it into the Roadhouse, a club that was to be ours, the year rounders, and to hell with the summer people There s a marvelous story of his first golf game, played on an ancient nine hole course with two friends, a part time sommelier and a builder from the South who invented the one handed pepper mill This is a book that revels in friendship, music, history, and the gorgeous landscape of a unique American place, and is a wonderful work by one of our greatest contemporary writers.

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    1. I loved the old guy -- and read this in the summer after his death. When I finished I said aloud "damn that was a good book". He includes the exclamation "Veblen!" toward the end, which is really weird since I have a story where the narrator exclaims "Thorstein!" -- Both Frank and I apparently were/are into Thorstein Veblen. No wonder I liked him. Also, though, yo, this book is slight and thoroughly enjoyable for a memoir about a preppie island, since it's about how this preppie island changed o [...]

    2. This was a delightful read, and there were a few sections I loved. But my faith in the book was shaken early on. In the first chapter, Conroy writes:"The sandy beach just north of Siasconset (or 'Sconset, as it is called by islanders) is the easternmost edge of the United States. The familiar Mercator Projection to be seen in every schoolroom makes it look like Maine sticks out farther, but that is no more than an effect of flattening three dimensions into two. On a globe, Nantucket beats Maine [...]

    3. Rarely have I given a book only one star--honestly, I would give it less, if that were possible. Conroy has not written a book about Nantucket; he has written a book about himself and his oversize sense of his importance to a Nantucket that only he and a few cronies can understand and treat well--"The shops stayed open late [for Christmas Stroll], welcoming people inside for punch, canapes, and cookies, or shots and beers on the sly for special friends. (I found myself with a distinct buzz on be [...]

    4. I would probably give this book a 3.5 stars if I could. I did enjoy reading it a lot but I guess I was looking for more information about the island of Nantucket. It was a short book and I wish it had been longer. Since I'm going there in a few weeks for the first time, this book actually made me sad that I never got to experience the Nantucket of 40 years ago e time when Conroy was a young adult. I thoroughly enjoyed reading his story, which he wrote in an interesting way. Things have changed s [...]

    5. Quite coincidentally, the second consecutive book I've read by an author with the last name of Conroy, the first the overstuffed The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy. This is one of a series of slim books on the micro-geography of famous places:Hallowed Ground: A Walk at Gettysburg (Crown Journeys)Washington Schlepped Here: Walking in the Nation's Capital (Crown Journeys)that I've read and reviewed that are not exhaustive or encyclopedic, but instead personal and intimate.Conroy describes the small [...]

    6. I guess I'd give it 2 and 1/2 stars. This would be considered a "slight" book--I think it was less than 150 pages--and I should have read it in no time at all, yet it took me at least 2 months to read! I guess I just didn't find it very engrossing, though it was fairly interesting. I'd find myself reading a little before going to bed, then putting it down and not picking it up again for days or even weeks. I liked reading about the history of Nantucket, though it made me sad to realize that, bec [...]

    7. Yesterday I would have said that everyone can tell good stories about where they grew up or a place they love, but today I have been proved wrong. Conroy lists many random things--jumping around with no real continuity--but the moment he starts to sneak up on what might be a good story with a little bit of detail, he makes a sharp detour off onto something else quite unrelated. Of course, I can see his point--why break a perfect record?Not recommended.

    8. Honestly, I picked this book because it was small. I had several doctors appoinments on my calendar and this book would fit neatly in my purse. Half memoir, half travelogue, Mr. Conroy writes of his memories of Nantucket since moving there in the 1950's. Lot of change, lots more people, but he still loves his island. It was very short, and a nice book to read. Though in way, it was kind of a yawn.

    9. I'm very glad I read this book. Though I agree with the reviewer who noted that the book is more about the author than the place, the level of expertise Conroy brings to the area make this an excellent historical travel document. It's also a good example of an established author who doesn't need to consider the reader much and can therefore go into detail where the detail doesn't matter. The section about golfing was anecdotal and dull.

    10. This author was head of the Iowa Writer's Workshop and lived across the street from one of my piano students. He also had strong ties to Nantucket and this book is about Nantucket. It is not about ancient Nantuckett, but nevertheless interesting - mostly about the late 50's to 2004, the time the author experienced it.

    11. Love this series of short travel memoirs in general, and Conroy's portrait of Nantucket does not disappoint. Makes me sad to have lived in MA 36 years and never visited the place. But for memories of the way it used to be, and the island-ness of it despite the money that overwhelms it now, I am glad to have read the loving record of one who spent many years there.

    12. Listening to Frank Conroy read his work was a delight. The work sparkles with reminiscences that like beautiful leaves pressed between pages of a favorite book fall to your lap as the pages turn. Beautifully written, beautifully read. This is not great fiction, but it is rings true and heart-felt.

    13. I feel like I now have a pretty feel for what Nantucket was like and is like now. I had only spent time there watching Wings, but this was a lot better. Conroy was there before it was cool and shows things he liked about living there. It is combo memoir and travel book, that makes a 30 mile trip across the water seem pretty attractive

    14. Author Conroy writes in a conversational tone about his time on Nantucket. This is the second book I've read from the Crown Journeys series. They are good, short reads by writers who live in the places written about.

    15. A history of Frank Conroy's love and habitation of Nantucket. It's light reading, but particularly worthwhile if you are vacationing there and want to get a feel for the mixing of the locals, the summer regulars, the newbies, and the ultra-rich.

    16. Not one of my favorites in the Crown Journeys series but a nice memoir of Nantucket (it was better in the Old Days) and a Frank Conroy fan might find it illuminating

    17. I loved this book -- it is mostly a series of anecdotes and essays on Nantucket where Conroy lived for many years. His writing is lyrical and evocative about one of my favorite places on earth.

    18. Enjoyed listening to this book. Ruth read it and liked it, so I listened to it while I worked around the house.

    19. The walk is through the author's memory of the island as much as it is through Nantucket itself. A nice, quick read.

    20. If you live on Nantucket Island (I do), have lived on Nantucket Island or are a frequent visitor to Nantucket Island you should read this book.

    21. Now I want to return to Nantucket to see the entire island - not just the downtown and the van tour. This was a great description of the island and how it has changed.

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