Field of Vision by Michael Jarvis

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"This is a skillfully written tale... There is a fine balance between the beauty of an island escape and the threat that seems always to linger just beyond. The author is adept at continually raising the stakes, and fulfills the reader’s expectation that he will see the story line through to a realistic end."
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Photographer Jake Mayfield, undertaking a personal quest for artistic integrity, finds beauty, passion and racial discord on the lush and feral island of Soufriere. On his first day there he has a run-in with Rollo Joseph, a dangerous pseudo-rasta whose presence haunts him both physically and psychologically as their conflict escalates by surprising yet almost inevitable degrees. Mayfield takes refuge in the company of Sheila Faber, the German proprietor of the Red Ginger Restaurant and Rooms, and in the arms of her employee Rita Blanford, a reticent native girl.

In a panorama of island life the story moves back and forth from the streets of Granville, the capital town and Rollo’s turf, to the verdant surroundings of the Red Ginger and the tropical forests of the island’s highest peak, to the ramshackle seaside village of Pagan Bay, as Mayfield’s journey spirals downward into paranoia and criminal tourism. Part existential adventure, part love story, told in the candid voice of an American antihero, this earthy and idiosyncratic novel is a descriptive and sometimes humorous account of man’s essential dilemmas, a microcosm of sex, war and survival.
 

About Michael Jarvis

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Michael J. Jarvis is associate professor of history at the University of Rochester.
 
Published December 5, 2012 by Field of Vision Books. 384 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Travel, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Action & Adventure. Non-fiction
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"This is a skillfully written tale... There is a fine balance between the beauty of an island escape and the threat that seems always to linger just beyond. The author is adept at continually raising the stakes, and fulfills the reader’s expectation that he will see the story line through to a realistic end."

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