The Kinsman

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Rwandan genocide and the America s Cup combine in this fairy tale with a strong moral message Wouldn t it be great if this could really happen Loved the story and the sailing race descriptions a

Rwandan genocide and the America's Cup combine in this "fairy-tale" with a strong moral message. Wouldn't it be great if this could really happen?!! Loved the story and the sailing race descriptions are excellent.A viral The Kinsman Author Gardner McKay is a Kindle The Kinsman is an adventure of great proportion, as well as one of audacious success, where the impossible odds are a million to one It is a drama wherein the ancient, atrocious debasement of humanity is confronted and defeated It is a visually stunning tale of the richest, most beautiful sport on earth It is a love story of great contrast It is the story of a wealthy,The Kinsman is an adventure of great proportion, as well as one of audacious success, where the impossible odds are a million to one It is a drama wherein the ancient, atrocious debasement of humanity is confronted and defeated It is a visually stunning tale of the richest, most beautiful sport on earth It is a love story of great contrast It is the story of a wealthy, divided family And of a spoiled brat named Charles Rutledge, who discovers that his manhood is alive and well and living inside him.. Born George Cadogan Gardner McKay McKay graduated from Cornell University, where he majored in art He became a Hollywood heartthrob in the 1950s and 1960s He landed the lead role in Adventures in Paradise, based loosely on the writings of James Michener His character, Adam Troy, was a Korean War veteran who purchased the twin masted 82 foot 25 m schooner Tiki, and sailed the South Pacific.McKay was under contract to MGM when he was spotted by Dominick Dunne, a television producer for Twentieth Century Fox who was searching for an actor to star in his planned Adventures in Paradise Dunne put his business card on the table and said, If you re interested in discussing a television series, call me McKay competed in screen tests with nine other candidates, and won it because of his good looks and ability to sail An accomplished sailor, he had made eight Atlantic crossings by the age of seventeen Although previously unknown to the public, McKay appeared on the July 6, 1959, cover of Life Magazine just two months before the series premiered.In the 1957 1958 season, McKay played Lieutenant Dan Kelly in the 38 episode syndicated western series, Boots and Saddles, with Jack Pickard and Patrick McVey.After acting in than 100 films for television, McKay left Hollywood to pursue his loves of photography, sculpture, and writing He turned down the opportunity to star opposite Marilyn Monroe in Something s Got to Give, a film which was never completed He exhibited his sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, besides holding individual exhibitions His lifeboat rescue photographs of the Andrea Doria were published internationally McKay wrote many plays and novels, and was a literary critic for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner between 1977 and 1982 He taught writing classes at the University of California at Los Angeles, University of Southern California, University of Alaska, University of Hawaii.McKay s awards included three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships for playwriting, the Drama Critics Circle Award Best Play, and Sidney Carrington Prize He was a winner in Canadian Regional Drama Festival, and runner up in the Hemingway Short Story Contest.McKay settled in Hawaii, where he died from prostate cancer in 2001, aged 69 He was survived by his wife Madeleine Madigan, a painter, and two children.. Good Books The Kinsman This book introduced me to Mr. McKay. I had no idea he and I had spent two decades on the same Hawaiian island, never having met in the same idyllic seas, he on his sailboat and me on my surfboard. I imagine I may have once spotted his sails full of a brisk tradewind off of Diamond Head that textured my waves as well as his with the same magical thrill, the same shared space in paradise. Yet, we never formally met, until I read The Kinsman. There I found his conversation quite witty, his storytelling quick and filling and his mark on his world unique, compelling. That world, that slice of society, both his and his adopted, are places I honestly never knew existed. That alone made it a highly interesting read, but there was quite a bit more. Every chapter moved quickly into the next, as if it were pushing me from behind, hurrying me along in a child-like game of wild-eyed exploration. I was late to several appointments and got a lot less sleep the week I read it, or rather the week it held me hostage to an intoxication of curiosity. It was one of those rare books where I found myself adamantly avoiding the last page, yet I turned to it faster than any of the others when its time came. Now, that both he and I have left that Hawaiian island for farther shores I find myself feeling a bit of a loss at not having run into a small crowd surrounding him at some dinner party somewhere, discussing some adventure of his. I will imagine though that I did see his schooner catch the same ocean swell my surfboard did one afternoon under a dazzling tropical sun, he surfing an ocean roller and me sliding over a shallow reef. Good storytelling like this enhances our limited world experiences, letting us live quite a bit larger than would ever be possible. Those stories we would be wise to revisit. One day I will re-read "The Kinsman" remembering how Gardner McKay introduced me to the thrill of sailing in much the same way that Hemingway showed my the magic in fishing the Gulf Stream.

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    Born George Cadogan Gardner McKay McKay graduated from Cornell University, where he majored in art He became a Hollywood heartthrob in the 1950s and 1960s He landed the lead role in Adventures in Paradise, based loosely on the writings of James Michener His character, Adam Troy, was a Korean War veteran who purchased the twin masted 82 foot 25 m schooner Tiki, and sailed the South Pacific.McKay was under contract to MGM when he was spotted by Dominick Dunne, a television producer for Twentieth Century Fox who was searching for an actor to star in his planned Adventures in Paradise Dunne put his business card on the table and said, If you re interested in discussing a television series, call me McKay competed in screen tests with nine other candidates, and won it because of his good looks and ability to sail An accomplished sailor, he had made eight Atlantic crossings by the age of seventeen Although previously unknown to the public, McKay appeared on the July 6, 1959, cover of Life Magazine just two months before the series premiered.In the 1957 1958 season, McKay played Lieutenant Dan Kelly in the 38 episode syndicated western series, Boots and Saddles, with Jack Pickard and Patrick McVey.After acting in than 100 films for television, McKay left Hollywood to pursue his loves of photography, sculpture, and writing He turned down the opportunity to star opposite Marilyn Monroe in Something s Got to Give, a film which was never completed He exhibited his sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, besides holding individual exhibitions His lifeboat rescue photographs of the Andrea Doria were published internationally McKay wrote many plays and novels, and was a literary critic for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner between 1977 and 1982 He taught writing classes at the University of California at Los Angeles, University of Southern California, University of Alaska, University of Hawaii.McKay s awards included three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships for playwriting, the Drama Critics Circle Award Best Play, and Sidney Carrington Prize He was a winner in Canadian Regional Drama Festival, and runner up in the Hemingway Short Story Contest.McKay settled in Hawaii, where he died from prostate cancer in 2001, aged 69 He was survived by his wife Madeleine Madigan, a painter, and two children.

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  • This book introduced me to Mr McKay I had no idea he and I had spent two decades on the same Hawaiian island, never having met in the same idyllic seas, he on his sailboat and me on my surfboard I imagine I may have once spotted his sails full of a brisk tradewind off of Diamond Head that textured my waves as well as his with the same magical thrill, the same shared space in paradise Yet, we never formally met, until I read The Kinsman There I found his conversation quite witty, his storytelling [...]


  • Rwandan genocide and the America s Cup combine in this fairy tale with a strong moral message Wouldn t it be great if this could really happen Loved the story and the sailing race descriptions are excellent.


  • One of the most gifted storytelling authors I have ever read McKay, whose own life was one of early money, sailing and adventures, grabs your attention from the very beginning and with short quick chapters takes you from genocide in Africa to the mansions of old money in Rhode Island and eventually to the waters off New Zealand and the struggle for the America s Cup This is the adventurous story of a spoiled young man who has been given everything and it means nothing to him It s only when he be [...]


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