Re: "The Falls", Part I/ Honeymoon
Jeff has my disks at his computer - so, I'm just reading from Amazon's 'preview' of the honeymoon chapter ...
(There are a lot of pictures of Niagara Falls on that link I gave, btw. It will get you in the mood for this book - and you'll see what a waterfall nut I am - ha ha!)
Goat Island ... yes, it would be the most treacherous point. And it truly is beautiful and enthralling. Often, when I stand there on the upper avenue (I think it's called 'Fallsview', not sure), I look at that area, the rapids, just before the big 'drop' and wonder what it would be like to stand out on that island. Or, the little one where the birds perch.
Oates describes this scene very well here.
A good account of this area is given in the movie with Marilyn Monroe. I think that's called 'The Falls' too.
There are a lot of books and movies about Niagara - the history is fascinating.
In this first chapter where the gatekeeper is alarmed by this man's behaviour, I can really get the feel of it all. I can well imagine the gatekeeper's feelings on this. It must be hard to carry images of suicides in his mind, of which he has seen several.
OMG! I'd quit my job as gatekeeper after the first suicide - I'd be that upset.
Well, at present, you wouldn't get that 'industrial city' feeling. Niagara Falls has been inundated with hotels and/or casinos ... the town always did have a 'commercial' feeling to it. Everywhere you turn there's an opportunity to spend your money.
Click here for more 'Amazon preview'. http://www.amazon.com/Falls-Novel-Joyce ... 0060722282
I'll return when I'm ready to listen to the book. Soon.