I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The language was terse, which was fitting for the main character Joshua. On the occasions that Douglas, the English poet, was allowed to utter more than a few words, they seemed flowery and out of place, like he himself was in the American Midwest.
I made my way quickly through the book (about 4 hours) because I need to return it to someone in my book club, but I'm sure a deeper reading would reveal the importance of the characters in the gang all having Hebrew names, especially Joshua (the Hebrew name for Jesus). I imagine bathing in the river has some nice baptismal significance.