New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1978. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 Inches. 175 PP. Near Fine / Near Fine. Item #1012
Stated "First Edition" on the copyright page. Original price of $7.95 intact on front flap. Hint of sunning to book edges and DJ spine. An extremely clean copy.
An underappreciated collectible classic from McGuane. As far as importance goes, Panama ranks right up there for McGaune, Jimmy Buffett's Brother-in-Law. McGuane and Buffett were Key West hippies in the early 1970's. Their exploits together are legendary among fans of either. Panama is the novel that really closed out the free-living, Key West hippie lifestyle for McGuane. The novel, a somewhat autobiographical work on his life with Buffett, was labeled as "self-absorbed" and was mostly dismissed by critics and fans. It was this moment that McGuane turned to Montana and his new literary life took hold.
The Parrothead in me tends to prefer the McGuane of Ninety Two in the Shade and Panama, but I suppose I am in the minority. Either way, the book is a classic piece of Floridiana and hugely important in the life of one of America's greatest living authors.