The sound turned out to be coming from a blowtorch.
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Everett, in a Hawaiian shirt, his skinny legs, and flip-flops, was weeding his patio. With some kind of blowtorch-flamethrower device. But then there was the deepness and the vastness of it, and the itsy-bitsyness of their boat. It wasn't seasickness Ry felt. This was more akin to panic. He had an intense longing to be on shore, any shore. He would like to be moving from the shore toward the center of a substantial continent.
Just think of it like an Imax movie, he said to himself. An Imax movie times four or five or six, a screen in every direction. It didn't help. Sep 24, Eva Mitnick rated it really liked it Shelves: ya. The train stops in the middle of Nowhere, Montana for no apparent reason. Ry gets off to stretch his legs and try for better cell phone reception, leaving his backpack on the train. Train leaves.
This book could be called Trains, Planes, and Automobiles and Small Boats , because these are the various transportation methods Ry uses to try to get home again.
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Like all great road stories, this isn't about home itself but ab year-old Ry is on a train heading to summer camp. Like all great road stories, this isn't about home itself but about the journey to get there. After all, when Ry finally does reach home a brand-new home, to which his family has just moved , he discovers that no one is there, and so he must set off on yet another journey to round up some family members.
No, this story is about being away from home, and the folks you meet and the things you see and learn while out in the big world. Just about every character in this book is more or less lost and looking for home or someone to call home. Ry's grandpa is having his own bewildering adventure, caused by a nasty bump on the head he incurred while walking Ry's dogs.
The dogs, meanwhile, go home to find help - but then remember that they actually used to live in a different place, so they set off for their old home, hoping to find their humans there. Naturally, they're soon lost themselves, and their story is told comic-book style. Ry's parents are having some misadventures in the Caribbean, where their lack of set itinerary means that Ry can't reach them by cell phone.
And even Del, the mellow, stubborn fix-it man and jack-of-all-trades with whom Ry travels, is a bit lost, though his heart's compass keeps pointing toward a certain woman on a certain small island. What have we got between all these stories of lost souls who can't quite seem to connect with each other?
There are strange characters Carl, the half-blind man with numb legs who loves to drive stolen cars , hair-raising adventure the episode involving Carl being a good example, but if you need another, try the duct-taped homemade airplane or the sinking sailboat , romance Del and his gal , two fabulous dogs, and a narrative style rich with humor and fresh with quirk. In short, this was one hugely entertaining read from start to finish. It's one of my faves of the year so far, breezy but also full of intriguing ideas about our relationships with people and places.
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That this is the experience of a lifetime for Ry is unmistakeable. That he'll always savor it, but be more than ready to move on and experience more of life is certain as well. Highly recommended for ages 12 to Jun 26, Misty rated it liked it. Ry is off to summer camp. Wait, he's how old? He gets off the train to call home, but the train leaves without him.
So he walks into town and Del takes him in and after a day of working at Del's tree cutting down business, Ry decides to let Del drive him across country to home. Ry, you're kind of an idiot. And even though Del is a nice guy, he has other reasons for driving Ry home which turn out to be Ry is off to summer camp.
And even though Del is a nice guy, he has other reasons for driving Ry home which turn out to be his wife, What's her name. Ry and his folks have bad luck after back luck, but Ry can't really grow because it's not bad choices he's making, not really, not in the sense of being a bad egg who needs reform So it's all about circumstances and not about Ry at all.
So then I have to ask myself who is this book even about, because it's not about Del either. Ry is extraodinarily under-developed as a character--he really falls flat. Del is the one who has personality, character, integrity, intelligence, a bevy of interesting friends, and a history you wish you knew.
I liked this book, but as there was no romance and nobody fell in love, it kinda didn't do it for me. The thing was, there was totally the possiblity of a great love story between Del and Whatever her name was that was barely touched on. I suppose it wasn't touched on because that wasn't the point of the novel. But then I had to ask myself what the point was. But the poem Del writes to his wife inspires the title of the book--and it's about falling in love,or maybe being in love, and it's pretty much one of the sweetest poems ever. Try as I might, I can't escape your gravity.
My orbit is eliptical. I fling myself far and think I'm free.
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Leaving and staying away is as easy as falling off the face of the earth. But who would want to anyway? So, okay book, but Jan 07, Dale Bystrak rated it it was ok. I did not like the book because it was way to detailed. Now having a little detail is ok, but having way to much where you make chapters of you just describing things is something I am not very fond of. The book is about a boy from Wisconsin named Ry, who is on a trip to a camp. On his way there he gets off of a train to have a bathroom break.
When he gets back the train starts leaving and he cannot catch up, and is lost in the hill of Montana. He try's to contact his grandpa because his parents I did not like the book because it was way to detailed. He try's to contact his grandpa because his parents are on a trip in San Juan. He find a guys working on a abstract car outside his house and watches him. The man by the name of Del, greets him and takes him out for a bite to eat. Ry passes out on the couch and the next day goes to a ranch and meets some of Del's coworkers.
One of his coworkers, Beth, convinces Del to take Ry back to his house, because he has lost contact with his grandpa who has fell in a sinkhole behind there house. Ry arrives at Wisconsin and cannot find his grandfather. So then he makes his way over to one of Del's old friends named Sharon who has a son named Miles which in my opinion was very unnecessary of the book.
Basically what happened there is Ry was walking, broke the floor, they fixed it and started back on the trip to Florida.
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They ride a boat to San Juan and Del got injured on the boat which he arrived at from a guy named Carl, and then they got lost in the ocean for ever and probably died, but I didn't know because they ended with them in the ocean. It was the worst cliffhanger of all time and the book was way to descriptive in my opinion. There were many things in the book that really didn't need to be there and had unnecessary details. I liked the fact of adventure and trying to find people and the irony at sometimes in the story.
I would recommend this book to people that like realistic-fiction with a lot of details but this book just was not my speed. Oct 11, Nathaniel Y.