By Bill Bryson
Un appassionante vagabondaggio in keeping with le strade di un’America minore, dentro il cuore delle piccole città che sono l’anima segreta degli Stati Uniti, luoghi in cui l. a. vita sembra rimasta ferma agli anni cinquanta. Un viaggio attraverso un presente rimasto passato, in una provincia rurale che sembra non voler lasciare spazio al futuro. invoice Bryson, americano di nascita ma inglese d’adozione, percorre a bordo di una vecchia Chevrolet 22.500 chilometri all’inseguimento di un ricordo. Restituendoci un pace cristallizzato, l. a. canzone di uno sterminato paese che continua a credere, a immaginare, a vivere fra le pieghe di un sogno domestico e provinciale.
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As he lighted one he was conscious that the door to the inner cabin had opened. He turned, to meet Juliana Salcedo y Monies. And amazement grew within him. CHAPTER IV. CANAUGHAN BARGAINS. GERALD DESMOND had as much knowledge of women as the next man, and was always willing to learn more. As he looked at Juliana Salcedo he realized that she was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen; exotically beautiful, yet marked with the golden hair and gray eye of the purest Spanish blood. Her gown of palest green island silk accentuated her high coloring, the rich curves of cheek and arm and figure.
Her gaze went to the water pitcher in the corner, which had been filled that morning. “Thirst? ” She looked at the large square port, which was open, and smiled at the sunlit sea. 51 52 THE OPIUM SHIP “Marriage? There is the escape. ” And, sitting down, she composedly began to clean her automatic pistol. CHAPTER VI. THE SEA TRYST. CAPTAIN CANAUGHAN, Desmond, and O’Sullivan sat smoking in their cabin the afternoon after Canaughan’s rescue. All three had slept long and lustily, but the skipper was chafing under enforced inaction.
I’m comin’ to that,” retorted the fiddler. “D’ye mind there was only one true word in that poem, sir? For a fact there was! And that was where he spoke about an Ulsterman always improving —” “True for ye there,” interjected the skipper. “An Ulsterman always does improve —” “— like bad fish in July,” added O’Sullivan slyly, throwing 53 54 THE OPIUM SHIP Desmond a wink. ” roared the skipper furiously. “If ye were not a little runt of a man not worth me attention I’d break your back over me knee, ye little herring!