- Hardcover: 640 pages
- Publisher: Thorndike Press; Large type / large print edition edition (1 June 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 078626599X
- ISBN-13: 978-0786265992
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.8 x 21.6 cm
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Waterborne (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series) Hardcover – Large Print, Import
Hardcover, Large Print, Import
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First there is Filius, an engineer who has just suffered a tragic loss. He's extremely intelligent and this intelligence was cultivated in an upscale childhood in which his love of engineering and architecture was nurtured. The chapters about him contain the details of the dam building as well as wonderful metaphors about the land. Then there is Lena and her young son from Kentucky. They've also just suffered a tragic loss and are headed to Boulder City because it's the only city in the country where everyone has a job. And then there is Lew Beck. He's a short man who with a streak of cruelty and violence. At times he can be sympathetic but he also goes further than necessary when seeking revenge for any kind of slight.
This is also the story of a place and a time. It is the middle of the depression and the City of Las Vegas is just beginning to develop into the wild and woolly gambling capital of the world. There's a Wild West feeling to the whole atmosphere as well as the reality of building a dam to harness the Colorado River. The story is well paced and I was immediately drawn into it, especially because the characters were so well developed. I especially loved the parts about the dam construction because even though I didn't understand every technical detail, I was in awe of the difficulties encountered and the difficult working conditions for the men who built it. Now, I wish that when I visited Las Vegas, I would have included a visit to this man-made wonder.
The book did have its weaknesses though. Sometimes there was a bit of over-writing and the characters a bit stereotyped. But yet, I kept reading, I thought about the book all the time, and couldn't wait till I had a few precious moment to pick it up again and live in the world created by this writer.