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Waterloo Sunset: Stories

Davies, Ray

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ISBN 10: 0786865350 / ISBN 13: 9780786865352
Published by Hyperion Books, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 2000
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Title: Waterloo Sunset: Stories

Publisher: Hyperion Books, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Edition

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The creative force behind the '60s superband, The Kinks, offers his debut collection of short stories.

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A manically careening debut collection from Davies, the lead singer and songwriter for the 1960s band The Kinks and author of his unauthorized autobiography, X-Ray (1995). Davies devotes the first half of the volume to his apparent doppelgnger, the former British pop/rock icon and current has- been Les Mulligan, and Mulligan's nebbish of an agent, Richard Tennent. Impoverished and always near mental breakdown, Mulligan resists attempts by Tennent and others to revive his career and instead confront[s] the demons by panhandling in public parks and undertaking other misadventures that presume to paint the tortured soul of an insecure true artist. With a confused structure and lines like He turned to another lyric. Or was it a new chapter in his life?, this first section seems a mixed-up, unfinished mess. What follows, however, appears to have unaccountably sprung from the mind of a seasoned and mature author, not the aging hipster who wrote the aforementioned. This series of vaguely connected pieces includes the charming ``Mr. Pleasant,'' in which a dandy accountant at the end of his career briefly considers a dalliance with a dominatrix for hire, discovers his inability to empathize, and, as do many characters here, reconciles himself with the Faustian bargains hes made. Muriel, a silent vagrant who passed briefly through the narrative of Les Mulligan, is awarded a magical account of her own, Voices in the Dark, in which she serves as the mute therapist who hears everyone and judges no one. In Return to Waterloo, the finaland finestentry, Davies writes a gem of a character study. Frightening and funny, it portrays the quiet, seething rage and misogyny of a serial rapist who just wants some respect. When Davies abandons the embarrassing navel-gazing of a musician gone stale, he creates storytelling as surprising and unique as the song lyrics he wrote decades ago. -- Copyright ©2000, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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