The Navigation Log
Tom and William, identical twins, are born on the very day WWI ends in 1918. They are reared by a philandering father, who’s also a postmaster and lay preacher, and a detached, cool and artistic mother. A fascinating tale could flourish between the two, but Corrick never picks up the pieces. Betty and Marigold, the eternally spying gossiping neighbors, are a basket of endless wit and outrageous statements and are truly the delight of the novel. Regrettably, when the twins come of age and leave home, this entertaining twosome is heard from no more.
Tom, off to fight the war, is mad for airplanes and flying; William’s an aspiring poet caught up in his mentor’s mad world as their school is closed, and they and their students set off on a pilgrimage.
At times clever and witty, The Navigation Log is a pleasant read, yet Corrick never clarifies his characters’ motivations, leaving the reader searching for ways to tie up every one of the many tangled ends left behind. An average read at best.