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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 Jelly 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 Of 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 Opus Nonna Cannabis Rich And Fabulously Deranged Ladrão teatral (Portuguese Edition) He Subsists On A Steady Diet Of Whiskey The Best Keto Diet Instant Pot Cookbook: ketogenic Diet Cooker Recipes Made Fast and Easy (English Edition) Pharmaceuticals And Jelly Doughnuts And Occasionally Works On His Masterpiece Recipes and Shit: Blank Cookbook Recipes Notes Cooking Whale Music One Day Wieso? Weshalb? Vegan!: Warum Tiere Rechte haben und Schnitzel schlecht für das Klima sind (German Edition) Upon Awakening From His Usual Drunken Stupor Wieso? Weshalb? Vegan!: Warum Tiere Rechte haben und Schnitzel schlecht für das Klima sind (German Edition) Upon Awakening From His Usual Drunken Stupor


10 thoughts on “Whale Music

  1. Chris Chris says:

    3.5 stars, rounding up to 4 due to my love of the Rheostatics, who were heavily influenced by this book Too clever by half, way too proud of its own inventiveness, but a good hearted little fictionalization of the Brian Wilson story I read it due to its connection with the Canadian band Rheostatics, who named their third album Whale Music, and later created the music for the movie based on the book The book was beneficial in that it made me want to re listen to the Beach Boys, and also to r 3.5 stars, rounding up to 4 due to my love of the Rheostatics, who were heavily influenced by this book Too clever by half, way too proud of its own inventiveness, but a good hearted little fictionalization of the Brian Wilson story I read it due to its connection with the Canadian band Rheostatics, who named their third album Whale Music, and later created the music for the movie based on the book The book was beneficial in that it made me want to re listen to the Beach Boys, and also to read about the troubles of Brian Wilson Creating a nubile 16 year old who hangs around naked, has a perfect ass, was abused as a child, and is a groupie, yet is this perfect muse for Dez Howl and is also a well rounded character would seem to be a hard trick to pull off, and Quarrington doesn t pull it off Beware the fiction writers who lead descriptions of every female character with the size and shape of their breasts Philip K Dick, I m looking at you here Still, seeing the narrative roots of what the Rheostatics were trying to emulate when writing Torque Torque, Claire, Song of Flight, and others made it a fun tie in to a band whose music I ve admired for years For the Rheos angle, probably worth a read If you like Brian Wilson et al., you might dig this literary diversion If you re looking for deep insights or fully fleshed characters, this might not be it


  2. Heather(Gibby) Heather(Gibby) says:

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


  3. Mark Victor Young Mark Victor Young 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 the morning because you can t wait to get back to it It has a sense of humour as well as a sense of a deeper meaning as in other Quarrington novels, each one requires the other 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 the morning because you can t wait to get back to it It has a sense of humour as well as a sense of a deeper meaning as in other Quarrington novels, each one requires the other.The story takes place in the California mansion of the Whale Man Des Howell, former member of the Howell Brothers, one half of which team has recently died Des is having a hard time adjusting to his brother s death He is also in a continuously drunk, drugged and mentally unstable condition, which is madeprecarious by the persistent invasion of undersirables such as his mother, reporters, record executives people squeezing outmoney and forcing the obese, hermitic Whale Man to blockade his house to avoid institutionalization The one thing which keeps Des focused is in composing the dreamlike Whale Music which he will use to summon the whales One day he wakes up to find a guest Claire, the naked alien from the far off planet of Toronto She has come to him for personal reasons and also because she believes in him, without recompense.Quarrington borrows the events from the real life of a former member of the Beach Boys who became a recluse and drug addict in similar circumsances, but reality and fiction are woven together so expertly, like music weaving its way into silence, that it just becomes part of the joke, a device which he employs To the Whale Man, music is an ethereal being with a spirit all its own The music ends, that is to say, it disappears forever to journey in the cosmos The book is written in the present tense and frequently addresses the reader, inviting you in to make you feel like part of the story This time, however, he has discarded the sporting subject matter of his two previous novels, King Leary and Home Game, for that of music, clearly another area of expertise.Desmond Howell s self declared philosophy is a twisted kind of existentialism The most one can do is try to produce some pitiful piece of prettiness, a song, and send it out into the world, a cripple dressed in rags If this is Paul Quarrington s philosophy as well, then this is his fifth such song, a wonderful one, and I look forward to reading them all


  4. Micha Micha 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 heading chapter segment.I got here by way of the Rheostatics, as I think many reader 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 heading chapter segment.I got here by way of the Rheostatics, as I think many readers did I didn t listen to them much in high school and it s only been the past year that I ve been paying themattention, yet somehow a lot of their music really takes me back to my teenage headspace and I can t say why This book brought me there too, what with the elements of depression, psychosis, and self medication that were a frequent part of conversations And the way that these people are drawn to one another, Claire drawn to Desmond because, I think, they can share this knowledge of not being normal, of not being okay The co morbidity of depression and substance abuse in Desmond struck me, especially in how you can tell those around him want to simplify it into one or the other when really you can t.I would ve loved this book as a teenager too, especially with mysignificant appreciation of classic rock bands and culture It s the fact that I find that culture toxic now that made me uncomfortable, but that makes this book relevant to the current zeitgeist of pulling apart previously well protected celebrities guilty of abuse in the past because it very much taps into that scene


  5. Louise Louise 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. Arlie Arlie 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 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 ins 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


  7. Zen Zen says:

    Paul Quarrington is a funny, quirky writer Whale Music, as did King Leary, reminds me of Dickens Christmas Carol The protagonist must deal with the ghosts of the past, present future.Des 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 story.I liked a lot of Whale Music but some parts made me uncomfortable The scenes in Des studio while he wa Paul Quarrington is a funny, quirky writer Whale Music, as did King Leary, reminds me of Dickens Christmas Carol The protagonist must deal with the ghosts of the past, present future.Des 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 story.I liked a lot of Whale Music but some parts made me uncomfortable The scenes in Des studio while he was writing Whale Music were great His description of his parents was laugh out loud funny in parts I understand that the relationship between Claire Des was central to his redemption as it as , but I found their age difference disturbing the relationship itself underdeveloped I m sure the rock roll lifestyle hasn t changed that much in almost 30 years so overall I appreciated this look into a completely different world


  8. Debbie Bates Debbie Bates says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This novel, to me, is the quintessential 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.


  9. Susan Susan says:

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


  10. Aouellette Aouellette says:

    fabulously funny and sad