Before you read it, go to the homepage http://www.americanwop.com and get “in the mood”.
The description of the story on Goodreads, (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10601538-american-wop-beaver-buffalo-buttons-brass-boxing-and-beer) is already perfect, so I will not add to that. (Would not be competent enough to do so anyway… I know my limits…)
I can honestly say that, to me, it was the sucker-punch of the year, so far…
And that’s what I am looking for in a book. Emotions, memories and thoughts written by a genuine person, willing to tear himself apart to be able to share it with me… trough a book.
To me it read like a diary. Kind of detached bits of a puzzle, that in the end give you the full picture of who and what Jack Tar is. And why he became the guy with a heart of a lion, soul of a poet and fists of a true fighter.
At times it was hard to keep reading, and yes in the last third of the book I cried. My own closeness to some of it, was painful. But it was SO worth going on.