Poppa Neutrino is a philosopher of movement, a vernacular Buddhist, a San Francisco bohemian, a polymath, a pauper, a football strategist for the Red Mesa Redskins of the Navajo Nation, and a mariner who built a raft from materials he found on the streets of New York and sailed across the North Atlantic. And he is possibly the happiest man in the world.
This is a rare and compelling book in which nearly every page contains an implausible, outrageous and exhilarating adventure.
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Strange, wonderful, funny, weird, and totally engaging - and, like all of Wilkinson's work, simply beautiful -
It's not often that a person as inspiring and deeply outrageous as Poppa Neutrino is described by an author as immensely gifted as Wilkinson. Here is a life in the largest, most courageous sense of the word, a life that most of us - if we're honest - will feel a pang of regret at not having lived -
A marvellous raft of a book in which we float along listening to an amiable Christian hobo and champion bullshitter expound on the inexplicable... A masterpiece -
[A] masterpiece of joy...[a] vivid, precise and jubilant testament, which will fill his readers with a great and unexpected happiness -
A hauntingly beautiful biography... an elegy to the strange wonder of the stories he [Neutrino] had to tell - Guardian
Beautiful and true, this is a great book that brings you into the life of Poppa Neutrino, a character just as determined as the fishermen in Hemingway's 'The Old Man and the Sea', just as self-inventing and free as the explorer in Bellow's Henderson the Rain King -
Poppa Neutrino built a raft from stuff he found on the streets of New York and sailed it across the Atlantic: he is a joy to meet through the happy medium of Wilkinson's wonderful words as Poppa plans his next epic voyage - Saga magazine
Alec Wilkinson has been a writer at The New Yorker since 1980. Before that he was a policeman in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and before that he was a rock and roll musician. He lives with his wife and son in New York City.