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SUMMARY Whale Music

Ly doughnuts and occasionally works on his masterpiece “Whale Music” One day upon awakening from his usual drunken stupor Des discovers on his sofa a young alien from the faraway universe o. Loved it Thought it was funny poignant sad original I d loaded this on to my kindle a while ago over a year ago and I had no idea what it was about The narrator has a believable and entertaining voice he s a bit nuts for sure a musical genius who does a little too much destructive self medication Beneath his genius his eccentricities and his cynicism is pain I loved how the author was able to layer all of that so effectively Didn t realise this was halfway about or at least inspired by Brian Wilson until I went on goodreads It s possible I would have enjoyed the book less if I d known that going in Instead I read it as a completely fictional character put into the music scene of the 60 s I did look up a little fact about the Beatles at one point I d also never heard about the band who wrote music based on this book which has apparently been made into a movie This has led to great reflection on the nature of reading in the digital age I was looking forward to reading others reviews because I enjoyed my reading of this book so much but there were a lot of complaints I thought why am I reading reviews of people I don t know But do I really only want to read people who agree with me I guess some of the opinions were surprising It was fun It was insightful Was there reference to teenage groupies that I missed Are we sure Claire was a teen How does such easy access to opinions and information re the book affect my own reading experience In what ways is social networking about reading positive Does it detract from the personal experience

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Whale Music

F Toronto This girl has made the trek to Des’s hideaway because she believes in the “Whale Music” and she’s crazy enough to think that Des can make a comeback hit with his mad magnum op. This novel to me is the uintessential Rock and Roll novel Desmond Howl s life as a rock star has broken him and we meet him when he is a recluse Claire who arrives unannounced in his beach house allows us to see his downward spiral in a series of flashbacks Temptation addiction and betrayal all feature in the narrative As the story unfolds Desmond becomes an understandable relatable fully developed character This book is one I always feel is worth a reread

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Des Howell is a former rock ‘n’ roll star who never leaves his secluded oceanfront mansion Naked rich and fabulously deranged he subsists on a steady diet of whiskey pharmaceuticals and jel. I am not sure what it was exactly but I loved this uirky little book


10 thoughts on “Whale Music

  1. says:

    I am not sure what it was exactly but I loved this uirky little book

  2. says:

    35 stars rounding up to 4 due to my love of the Rheostatics who were heavily influenced by this bookToo clever by

  3. says:

    You might say that winning the Governor General's Award is enough to recommend Whale Music but when books win awards like this it makes people think of them as dry and somehow literary This book is literary but it is also compellingly readable delightfully entertaining the kind of book you spill coffee on in th

  4. says:

    My four star rating might be generous especially since I've been pretty critical with other books I've read this year There were certainly a few things I didn't like under age groupies and the tired idea that descriptions of nude male corpulence make for automatic humour meets honesty but at the same time this book really read well It was hard to put down even when I told myself I would stop the next whale head

  5. says:

    Some parts were funny some parts were weird and some parts were boring While you can't help but like the main character most of the others were too cartoonish Just an okay book for me

  6. says:

    Loved it Thought it was funny poignant sad original I'd loaded this on to my kindle a while ago over a year ago and I had no idea what it was about The narrator has a believable and entertaining voice he's a bit nuts for sure; a musical genius who does a little too much destructive self medication Beneath his genius his eccentricities and hi

  7. says:

    Paul uarrington is a funny uirky writer Whale Music as did King Leary reminds me of Dickens Christmas Carol The protagonist must deal with the ghosts of the past present futureDes Howl ne Desmond Howell has a lot of ghosts People drugs alcohol he has them all But he has also retained his musical genius How Des finds a way to carry on with his life is the focus of this storyI liked a lot of Whale Music but some parts mad

  8. says:

    This novel to me is the uintessential Rock and Roll novel Desmond Howl's life as a rock star has broken him and we meet him when he is a reclus

  9. says:

    I am not sure what to make of this book It is a uirky strange sort of read with a uirky strange sort of protagonist and cast of supporting characters But still I found it very compelling and engaging to read

  10. says:

    fabulously funny and sad