Well-written and conceived, though a little unsteady. Especially at the end, where the whole thing tumbles down in a real melodramatic house of cards. Basically, if you think all men are terrible, this novel goes out of its way to affirm your perceptions.

The story follows three generations of men as they endure a summer Boy Scout camp. We see not only the impact of the fathers, mothers and peers, but of the attitudes of (a declining?) society and (lack of?) moral turpitude as we jump from decade to decade.

There's a lot to chew, and some interesting narrative techniques to twist from generation to generation, but ultimately the story couldn't get out of its own way. The only lesson learned is that boys will be boys, in all their rotten ways.

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