Excerpt from Delilah
Down the narrow convexity of the main deck - it really was like the back of a thin whale - stretched in single file the external structures 1ndispensable to Delilah's purposes and func tions. First came the short, formidable, stream-lined Smoke stack Number One, leaning backward toward the stern as if unable to meet upright the strain of Delilah's fierce, forward leaps. Back of the stack, side by side, came the two capacious nostrils of the big blowers that sucked a heavy pressure of air down into the Forward F ire-room. Between these was the air-tight little hatch that provided the only access to this fire room. Next came Smokestack Number Two, precisely similar to the first and succeeding stacks, and after that the rectangular hatch of the Starboard Engine-room, echeloned to port of which was the hatch Of the Port Engine-room. It was not mere coincidence that Lieutenant Fitzpatrick was sending his longing glances staggering up towards the fresh, blue mirage framed in the Starboard Engine-room Hatchway, while Ensign Snell was glancing up as desirously at that framed in the Port; for as Fitzpatrick was senior to, and took precedence over Snell, so the starboard engine took precedence over, and set the pace for the port engine.
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Delilah is an old four-piper destroyer whose regular beat is one of the world's most exotic - and dangerous - bodies of water: the Sulu Sea. Set at the beginning of the American century just before the Great War, the ship patrols the violent racial and religious tensions that threaten to break America's tenuous grasp on the Philippines, and on its identify as colonial power. In a series of exquisitely-drawn stories, Marcus Goodrich reveals tantalizing glimpses of the heart of each sailor as the crew puts down Philippine insurrections, searches for a gunrunner's cave told of only in island folklore, and delivers medicine to western missionaries.Here is the return of one of the twentieth century's most important and widely translated novels of the sea. It is a boon for lovers of sea yarns and a must-read for any serious student of American literature. (5 3/4 X 9, 526 pages)
Marcus Goodrich now lives in Richmond, Virginia. He served in the U.S. Navy both as an enlisted man and a commissioned officer during World War I. He was graduated from Columbia in 1923, and was a journalist and a screenwriter.
James A. Michener is perhaps best known for his Tales of the South Pacific and Hawaii.
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Descrizione libro Naval Institute Press, 1985. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110870211455
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