Log of the S.S. the Mrs Unguentine (American Literature (Dalkey Archive)) (Paperback)
All I can say is that this book is all that I think of when I think of the word 'Adrift'. When this book was recommended to me I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I spent a good couple nights of a trip reading and re-rereading this book rather than seeing the sights during an unseasonably warm October trip to Chicago. The person who told me to read it couldn't begin to describe it but said I had to read it. I concur. You have to read it.
-- Nick— From Nick B. Staff Picks
"Forty years ago I first linked up with Unguentine and we made love on twin-hulled catamarans, sails a-billow, bless the seas..."
So begins the courtship of a certain Unguentine to the woman we know only as "Mrs. Unguentine," the chronicler of their sad, fantastical tale. For forty years, they sail the seas together, alone on a giant land-covered barge of their own devising. They tend their gardens, raise a child, invent an artificial forest--all the while steering clear of civilization.
"Log of the S.S. The Mrs. Unguentine" is a masterpiece of modern domestic life, a comic novel of closeness and difficulty, miscommunication and stubborn resolve. Rarely has a book so perfectly registered the secret solitude of marriage, how shared loneliness can result in a powerful bond.