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Water Music reader Ä Paperback read È gymapparel â ✈ [PDF / Epub] ✅ Water Music By T. Coraghessan Boyle ✸ – Gym-apparel.co.uk Alternate Cover Edition can be found here and hereTC Boyle's riotous first novel now in a new edition for its 25th anniversary Twenty five years ago TC Boyle published hisIng novel of imaginative and stylistic fancy that announced to the world Boyle's tremendous gifts as a storyteller Set in the late eighteenth century Water Music follows the wild adventures of Ned Rise thief and whoremaster and A literary but compelling book from TC Boyle It's his first novel but worth reading I'm enjoying it a lot but then again Boyle is one of my favorites I've enjoyed his use of humor and historical settings in the past Now that I'm done with the book I'd have to say that it was a tragic comedy It reminded me of Steinbeck in terms of the tragic nature of the characters and what happens to them It was a great book and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys literary books I had to have my dictionary handy though so just know that it contains a lot of esoteric language That's part of the fun of this one though

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Mungo Park a Scottish explorer through London's seamy gutters and Scotland's scenic highlands to their grand meeting in the heart of darkest Africa There they join forces and wend their hilarious way to the source of the Niger Another great book by Boyle It reminded me of every book you ever read seriously it had an element of all A little Dickens Conrad Twain; an Odyssey Some Shakespeare I am completely amazed at the talents of this guy And this was his first book Still can't believe his command of the language and syntax Yikes

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Water MusicAlternate Cover Edition can be found here and hereTC Boyle's riotous first novel now in a new edition for its th anniversary Twenty five years ago TC Boyle published his first novel Water Music a funny bawdy extremely entertain An ambitious but messy novel which for me was of a heroic failure than a triumphant success I like the idea a lot a fictionalised account of Mungo Park's travels to find the source of the Niger River interspersed with the story of an invented London rogue called Ned Rise The general approach is a sort of knockabout picaresue style a comic novel of adventures but unfortunately this does leave the whole thing feeling rather caricaturish The London scenes in particular are like a cartoon version of a Hogarth painting though with even willingness to dwell on the cheap sex and inhuman sualor of eighteenth century city lifeThis two dimensionality does cause problems with tone There are some appalling stories in here especially when it comes to the female characters Poor Fanny Brunch goes from servitude to extended sadomasochistic rape and torture to drug addiction to losing a baby towell to a nasty end If this is supposed to be social commentary then a roustabout comic style is the wrong way to do it it just feels trivial and cruel Similarly the final third of the book builds to an unhappy climax for pretty much everyone But because the characters have so little depth it doesn't seem particularly moving or tragic It just seems relentless and actually kind of depressingThere are various other problems with the execution some subjective others serious I didn't like the way Boyle explained so much of his historical context There are long paragraphs bringing readers up to speed on things like what the Sahel is or where the Niger River is located If you already know this such passages feel patronising and if you don't then it deprives you of the pleasure of investigating the novel's sidelines chasing down references The structure of the book is also a bit awkward describing as it does both of Park's two African expeditions with a detailed interlude in Scotland in between The problem is that by the time we go back to West Africa for the final section of the novel it feels like going backwards we've seen it all beforeMost crucially though I have no idea what this book is actually about What's it all for I mean some of the set pieces are a lot of fun and there are some enjoyable bits of dialogue but – there's just nothing behind it There are no unifying themes at all just incidentsBoyle is clearly a huge Thomas Pynchon fan and the book I couldn't help comparing this to was Pynchon's Mason Dixon another postmodern adventure novel about an eighteenth century British explorer Water Music does not emerge well from the comparison Pynchon picked out little known sidelines from the period – Vaucanson's mechanical duck the transit of Venus – and he let the reader do at least half the work For all Boyle's energetic prose style his targets are too obvious or too cliché Ultimately Pynchon writes novels of ideas; Boyle doesn't seem to have any ideas Without them his rich vocabulary is left rudderless and he throws words like hyetologist and remugient around a bit clumsilyOK I've probably gone too far now This is by no means a bad novel and I enjoyed reading it – it's just a bit frustrating because there is a much better book in there somewhere This was TC Boyle's first and I would definitely like to read some of his others and see how his style has matured In this case I unfortunately felt a bit too much like Mungo Park myself – on an eventful journey but without any clear idea of where I was going or why