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4.0 out of 5 stars little men in a box, 5 Jun. 2008
C. J. Marton (Scarborough) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Waterloo Sunset (Hardcover)
The above title was a supposed working project back in the 60's for Ray and Barry Fantoni - but it could apply to a lot of the central characters in Daviesland. Ray's best songs - apart from the early rockers - are bittersweet vignettes about the vast mass of humanity living lives of quiet deseration and this is carried over into the short story form. Many rock musicians would sell their soul for the slum kid/working class credentials the Davies brothers have - but Ray turns it on his head by writing about the aspirational and genteel. For all the outward whimsy and comedy, there is something dark and frustrated lurking not far beneath the surface. A harrased suburban commuter fantasises about being a serial killer, a ballerina commits suicide, an elderly lady fondly reminisces about an erstwhile dance partner whose tragic secret she has only recently uncovered, a girl works out the turmoil of her abusive relationshp with her rock muso boyfriend by posing naked for an ex-convict artist, a fading rock star comes to terms with the harsh business reality of this profession in LA. Ray is something of a chameleon in that he adapts his writing style to the mentality of the narrator. Highly recommended.
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Waterloo Sunset by Ray Davies (Paperback - 30 July 1998)
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