Jimmy Buffett’s music has been a friend of mine for quite some time. The mood that the majority of his melodies create in me is one of relaxation and feeling that everything is right with the world, if only for a moment. They are the ultimate in escapism, which is why I return to them time and again.
“A Salty Piece of Land” is similar in this regard. It is a form of escapism, which Mr. Buffett clearly admits to in his author’s note at the end of the book. The book was published in 2004, but was being worked during September of 2001. From the author’s note:
“The world also changed forever in the middle of this literary journal after 9/11, which made me realize that now, more than ever, we don’t just enjoy our escapism — we NEED it.”
This book certainly delivers on that. It follows the adventures of Tully Mars, a character who was introduced to us in Jimmy Buffett’s “Tales From Margaritaville”. He’s a cowboy from Wyoming who finds himself on the run from an ex employer and ends up finding various rest stops in and around the Caribbean. Along the way, he meets various characters and they have have the laid back adventures that remind you of Jimmy Buffett’s songs and in many ways, the adventures affect your mood in much the same way. You feel relaxed, and you start to think that all could be right with the world if you could just hop a boat to the Caribbean (and stop being a Gringo).