Monday, September 3, 2012

Arm of the Starfish by Madeline L'Engle

Adam Eddington has worked for an older marine biologist since he began elementary school.  On Old Doc's recomendation he secures a summer job in Gaea working for Dr. O'Keefe a brilliant scientist on the edge of many new discoveries.

A weather related plane delay introduces him to a beautiful girl that warns him of everyone involved with O'Keefe.  The confusion in Adam's mind begins.

The flight to Lisbon is sidetracked to Spain where Adam has problems about his passport. He is rescued by Canon Talis, who just happens to be on his flight with Poly O'Keefe, the young daughter of his employer whom he has yet to met.  After a day of sightseeing Adam is exhausted but gets on the plane to Lisbon and now has in his care Poly.

During the flight she goes to the restroom and never emerges.  Adam is thrown into international subterfuge, confusion, and questioning all that he ever trusted of his instincts.

Written in 1965 it has the feel of the time.  The writing is a bit stilted at times, there is not much dialoge and a lot of self-reflection on the part of Adam.  A few times I had to put the book down simply because Adam was so stupid in his decisions.

Overall it is a good read although not a favorite of what is often a brilliant author.

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