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?Again Mr. Nathan has given us a charming modern fairy tale. Perhaps some will call it a satiric fantasy, but to this reviewer it is compounded of delicate fancy playing around three characters who never were on land or sea, or star dust realism which makes us delight in something we know is not so, but principally, of urbane and musical prose which soothes the ear, even while it is tickling the fancy.?-Boston Transcript
3.0 out of 5 starsVaguely intriguing, but not quite enchanting...
ByStephen (New Hampshire)on 10 October 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
Not a bad bit of whimsy, but not my favorite Nathan story. A far-fetched but amusing premise. Not a dud, but not enchanting, either (at least to me). A hen-pecked husband, a homemade boat on wheels blown by stormy winds from a backyard in the Bronx through Manhattan, across the George Washington Bridge and on through New Jersey and several other states, a sense of freedom as the sails fill, and yet, ultimately, a great dream not quite fulfilled. A little sad. And perhaps a little too silly, also. But I'm glad I gave this book a try (I hoped it might fit a mood I was in, but it didn't quite), and, from time to time, I'll continue to read or re-read othet Nathan books.
4.0 out of 5 starsI found this story to be sad yet humorous
ByChristine Bullionon 25 September 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
There is real life drama in this fantasy story. Unfortunately it ends the way most life truly is. I found this story to be sad yet humorous...it is how some live. One can pretend all that you can but at the end of the day, reality bites you in the butt.
ByAmazon Customeron 29 December 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
Another super but fantastic plot by Mr. Nathan. Sort of a Walter Mitty character but with a lot more depth. He just takes an odd story line usually involving romanticism and makes it very special. I love his books.
ByBomojazon 29 August 2005 - Published on Amazon.com
A typical Nathan fantasy that involves a Mr. Hector Pecket, who has a boat in his backyard in the Bronx, upon which he sits and imagines he's a sailor. His wife sells the boat behind his back and puts wheels on it to move it. Suddenly the boat begins "sailing" down the street with Peckett on it. Along the way he picks up a lonely woman and a man - they, of course, fall in love.It's a modern fairy tale about fate and doing rather than just dreaming, but Nathan stretches the story out too long; it loses its effectiveness and punch.