December 13, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

A Salty Piece of Land

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Jimmy Buffett
publisher
Little, Brown and Company
genre
Fiction
We gave it a C+

No man is an island, but Jimmy Buffett seems to be doing everything within his karmic powers to come back as one in the next life. A Salty Piece of Land overflows with a credible accumulation of nautical detail and palpable tropic sensuality. If only the country-rock star had the affection for character development and plotting that he does for sea breezes, skiffs, spliffs, quasiphilosophical gags, mullet fishing, and happy maritime coincidences. Tripping around from Tulum to Belize, happy-go-lucky hero Tully Mars runs into a colorful new eccentric at the rate of about one every five pages — in a story so episodic it makes any Buffett album look like the model of three-act structure.

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