I read all of the Travis McGee stories when they were first published, and have only just now revisited the first of the series. I enjoyed them enormously back in the day, and as others have noted, I now find the language and attitude of Travis remarkably dated with regard to his assessment of all of the women that he meets. This seems to me to be a statement about the times, early 60's, noting his recurrent references to 'bunnies' and the great deal of the activity that centers on Florida beaches, marinas, and bars. The lengthy philosophizing passages do slow the action, but this is the first of the Travis McGee stories, setting up the character, and I will have to revisit the others to see how this plays out. I do remember that I thought back in the day that Travis grew more than a bit as the series continued.