Tuesday, December 19, 2006

146. "Old Mr. Flood" ~ Joseph Mitchell


Old Mr. Flood is a composite character based on several men the author knew as "true New Yorkers." Each essay deals with Mr. Flood's battle with death; he believes that his longevity (he's 94) is due to a diet of strictly fish.

The reader follows him from the wharf to the restaurants, where Mr. Flood brings his own to be boiled or braised.

While an interesting character, the essays are repetitive and remind me of my own rambling notes when digging through the details of my own characters. I'll even ruin the end for you... he turns 95, still drinking whiskey and eating clams.

2.0 out of 5.0 Whiskey and Waters.

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