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Rink of war Jack’s father wants him to head north to Canada to sign up in the fight against Fascism But when a pair of fast talking swindlers named Virgil and Miss Rose blow through town Jack falls in. I enjoyed this book so much than I expected After the first few pages I wasn t sure if was for me but in the end I couldn t put it down I thought it was much better than Happiness

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Raised by his father in the dying town of Paradise Flats Jack McGreary has learned to live by his wits The year is 1939 Drought has turned America’s heartland into a dust bowl and the world is on the b. Growing up in Texas during the Great Depression Jack McGreary is a very bright young man with an erratic father who s fallen hard for the Drake Gold scam His father s dreams of a building a house have gone up with the dust of topsoil that blows across the once fertile prairies all the way into Canada There s nothing in the small town of Paradise Flats itself the scene of many swindles to hold Jack So in 1939 when Virgil Ray and Rose pass through the town conning shopkeepers out of their money Jack easily figuring out the swindle doesn t just help them he joins themWith their liar as Virgil pronounces it lair above a diner run by a Chinaman in Silver City New Mexico the three drive their Nash Ambassador across the states of the American southwest pulling cons and dancing to jazz everywhere they go with the rise of Nazi Germany buzzing in the background With Jack s brains at work they start pulling bigger and cleverer heists until one last ploy lands them in the middle of murder and Jack s not sure whether he s being played by Virgil and RoseFerguson has deftly recreated an era with intimate and what is probably flawless detail a finely crafted historical novel exploring the Golden Age of the Con and the cons are all real as are the swindlers that pepper Virgil s talk when he gets going The speech patterns the bits and pieces of history in the form of ads cars now obsolete war attitudes etc all adds to the feel and tone of a novel that reads like it s walked straight out of the Dirty Thirties This is a work of exhaustive research and intimate knowledge and as such it s an amazing piece of workBut that is also the problem with the book While it s generally enjoyable to read and study history through fiction especially when it s this well researched and reconstructed the downfall of this book is that Ferguson seems enamoured of the era and the cons and interested in sueezing in all his fine research than in constructing a truly interesting and engaging protagonist and a gripping plot Hence my three stars and the main reason why it took me so long to read the damn thingJack has the bones of a memorable character but he s never fully fleshed out As the narrator we get a lot of insights through him and as a bright fella who uestions theology and human nature he provides uite the commentary But it s still flat You don t really learn all that much about Jack himself Sure we get his upbringing his parents story but it s all in the context of setting the scene the black blizzards the rise and fall of Paradise Flats and the south the Great Depression the scams and swindles that set the stage for Virgil and Rose It has that contrived feel like Jack is a structural device for the history rather than the other way around The Con is the real hero of the story not Jack Even when he s learning wooing techniues from Ovid in the town library to win over the librarian s daughter Rebecca it s still setting up details that will come into play later and the entire plotline is only there because it helps explain how Jack ended up with Rose and VirgilThat s not to say that I didn t enjoy the story or appreciate the work that went into it I m very impressed But Ferguson gets so excited about the cons and Virgil s shady past and the next trick that he seems to forget Jack s there half the time I m not entirely sure that the novel needed to be written in first person even But why Jack Do we need Jack He s a mere vehicle a medium through which to cross time and view this fascinating world that was so much a product of a time and place and culture It hasn t entirely disappeared either it s just taken different forms and perhaps higher stakes Enron anyone And Bernard Madoff is currently on trial in New York for a long running Ponzi scamI learnt a lot about the period one of the main reasons why I read it and with Kathryn s help I could even understand some words that would otherwise have been unfamiliar like skeeters mozzies If you re interested in the 30s or the southwest states of America you ll love this book If you love stories of heists cons swindles tricks you ll love this book If you get caught up on the motivations of key characters character growth emotional growth all of that then you might be disappointed but it s still worth a readAs a final point the author says that the character of Jack first appeared as a minor character in his previous novel Happiness It s about an editor who publishes a self help book that actually works or maybe it s about the book I got the sense from reading the blurb that again it s not a person who s the star Has anyone read this and is it any good I didn t get the impression it was set in the same period as this book but maybe Ferguson took artistic licence with the character

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With them instead Together they go on a crime spree across the Southwest staging a series of inventive and often hilarious cons while sexual tension between Jack and Miss Rose grows Someone is being set. I liked it It wasn t that unpredictable but was funny and the narratorreader was excellent The music on the audiodisc was a nice surprise too


10 thoughts on “Spanish Fly

  1. says:

    Growing up in Texas during the Great Depression Jack McGreary is a very bright young man with an erratic father who's fallen hard for the Drake Gold scam His father's dreams of a building a house have gone up with the dust of topsoil that blows across the once fertile prairies all the way into Canada There's nothing in the small town of Paradise Flats itself the scene of many swindles to hold Jack So in 1939 w

  2. says:

    spanish fly recounts the adventures of one young jim mcgreary a poor but strapping young man who grows up in the depression era dustbowl in the US in the blink and you miss it town of paradise flats its residents suckered by speculators who promised it would be a boom town jack's grown up not having much of anyt

  3. says:

    Best known for his humorous travel writing Will Ferguson shifted away from his preferred genre and wrote a historical fiction book set during The Great Depression Ferguson's writing isn't dumbed down to Dan Brown levels but it won't leave you reaching for a dictionary at every turn of the page either This story follows three professional con artists in the mid west during the depression The characters are developed in such a realistic and

  4. says:

    Humor and a wonderfully entertaining look at depression era America and the scam game Characters were 3D and attractive A lot of research must

  5. says:

    Very very entertaining and a good way to learn about some of the thousands of ways to con people Set in the US during the 2nd World War before the US entered the war but the war is only a backdrop this is not a war novel The ending seemed a bit out of step with the tone of the book and the storyline to that point

  6. says:

    I enjoyed this book so much than I expected After the first few pages I wasn't sure if was for me but in the end

  7. says:

    I liked it It wasn't that unpredictable but was funny and the narratorreader was excellent The music on the audiodisc was a nice surprise too

  8. says:

    Wonderful writing Ferguson's turn of phrase had me laughing all the way Just a great story teller

  9. says:

    I wasn't sure I'd like this or get into it but it was a good read an interesting story and a bit of fun The characters were a bit two dimensional but I wanted to be entertained and so they didn't disappoint and I'll remember them for a long time Virgil and Rose travelling state to state pulling cons and then they bring in Jack I

  10. says:

    The Depression the dustbowl a handful of con artists Spanish Fly is a compelling read hilarious rich in historical detail and oh so smart Will Ferguson makes me feel like I'm watching a card trick the way he keeps on surp

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