The author's first book. First printing. Fine in a very near fine (a few spots of trace rubbing) dust jacket. A clean, attractive, well preserved copy. N° de ref. de la librería
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A reissue of the classic novel that inspired the movie Point Break and pioneered a genre.
People go to Huntington Beach in search of the endless parties, the ultimate highs, and the perfect waves. Ike Tucker has come to look for his missing sister and for the three men who may have murdered her. In that place of gilded surfers and sun-bleached blonds, Ike's search takes him on a journey through a twisted world of crazed Vietnam vets, sadistic surfers, drug dealers, and mysterious seducers. He looks into the shadows and finds parties that drift toward pointless violence, joyless vacations, and highs you may never come down from... and a sea of old hatreds and dreams gone bad. And if he's not careful, his is a journey from which he will never return.
Review: If you aren't already familiar with Kem Nunn's 1984 novel Tapping the Source, or if the idea of a "classic surfing novel" makes you either chuckle or shudder, be prepared to realign your literary biases. This is not a story of gilded surfers and sun-bleached blonds, of insouciant days and moonlit nights on the beach; instead, Nunn has crafted a darkly pensive meditation on solitude and desire. Ike Tucker is the quintessential loner, trapped by both circumstance and inclination in a California desert town, abandoned first by his mother and then by his sister, Ellen, who fled, in turn, toward the promise of the coast. His awareness of his own alienation, rendered in prose that is always elegant and often poignant, is haunting:
As he listened the train sounds grew faint and disappeared and someone shut off the music so there was just the silence, that special kind of silence that comes to the desert, and he knew that if he waited there would come a time, stars fading, slim band of light creeping on the horizon, when the silence would grow until it was unbearable, until it was as if the land itself were about to break it, to give up some secret of its own.
The secret, though, comes not from the desert but from the sea. Propelled by a mysterious rumor of his sister's murder, Ike enters the surfing mecca of Huntington Beach, whose bright façade conceals shadowy violence and joyless violation. Wistfully intent on understanding the men who might have killed his sister, Ike abandons himself to the hypnotic allure of the ocean: "The tide was low and the waves turned crisp black faces toward the shore while trails of mist rose from their feathering lips in the golden sun." Nunn's language effortlessly reflects Ike's desires and fears; the novel spirals gracefully into the young man's eventual immersion in the surfing culture and riffs on the terrifying ease with which that immersion becomes overwhelming. Although a murder may lie at the heart of the narrative, the novel is far more an exploration of character than of suspect and motive--and that exploration is infinitely rewarding. --Kelly Flynn
Título: Tapping the Source.
Editorial: Delacorte Press
Año de publicación: 1984
Condición del libro: Fine
Descripción Random House Publishing Group. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Fair. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Nº de ref. de la librería G0385292724I5N10
Descripción Random House Publishing Group. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. Dust Cover Missing. This book has a light amount of wear to the pages, cover and binding. Nº de ref. de la librería G0385292724I3N01
Descripción Random House Publishing Group. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. Dust Cover Missing. Book has some visible wear on the binding, cover, pages. Nº de ref. de la librería G0385292724I3N01
Descripción Random House Publishing Group. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Fair. Nº de ref. de la librería G0385292724I5N00
Descripción Random House Publishing Group. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear, and the pages have only minimal creases. Nº de ref. de la librería G0385292724I3N00
Descripción Doubleday. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: GOOD. Good clean copy with no missing pages might be an ex library copy; Possibly may have minor marginal notes and or highlighting. Nº de ref. de la librería 2675644137
Descripción Doubleday. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Nº de ref. de la librería 2807394377
Descripción Estado de conservación: Acceptable. This is a ex library book, stickers and markings accordingly. Nº de ref. de la librería 34FDR4000FRU_ns
Descripción Doubleday. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: GOOD. Gently used may contain ex-library markings, possibly has some minor highlighting, textual notations, and or underlining. Text is still easily readable. Nº de ref. de la librería 2810488902
Descripción Doubleday, U.S.A., 1984. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Near Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Very Good. 1st Edition. Book. Nº de ref. de la librería 008894