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Publisher Description

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' 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--

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
1997
May 20
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
224
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House of Canada
SELLER
Penguin Random House Canada
SIZE
2.4
MB

Customer Reviews

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Great short musical read

Quarrington created a great little Brian Wilson-esque fiction about a reclusive alcohol/drug-burn out musician named Des creating music for whales instead of churning out pop hits like his manager, his mother, and every other hanger on with a hand in his pocket wants him to do. into his life pops a Canadian runaway with a troubled past of her own who inspires him and acts as a buffer with all the vultures looking to squeeze another dollar or pop hit out of Des. it's a light delusional flight of fancy with plenty of musical flashbacks (pinball with Elvis, fistfight with John Lennon) that'll leave you wondering what Des' magnum whale opus would actually sound like. p.s. Skip the movie. Chaykin is perfect as Des but the rest of the movie is tripe.

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