Even though this was a page turner there was something not quite right about it. Washington finds a troubling freedom, has unbelievable adventures, is haunted by abandonment, falls in love, enjoys painting and sketching, is fascinated with the sea, is involved in creative invention; but there's a bit too much description both of the environment and of feelings/perception. Just kind of a sad feel to the story. The actual hard cover book is easy to hold and the large print nice. Decide for yourself, you may not be able to put it down once you begin.