Mark Lages: Scowl by Mark Lages

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T from this novel as I won it in a giveaway and didn t know anything about it going in I started the first page blind to what I would be reading I was pleasantly surprised to have loved it because I would not have chosen and purchased this book if I were browsing the aisles at Barnes Noble Yes there is still a Barnes Noble in my local mall thank God The novel follows Scowl s life and career over many years and it often read like a real biography instead of fictionand I LOVED thatMark Lages is an excellent writer and I m looking forward to reading from him I found a lot of similarities with his own feelings and life experiences scattered throughout and Scowl s many imperfections is what made him perfect if you know what I mean I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys biographies and wants to get whisked away into the world of music and all of the highs and lows talent and cluelessness and humility and arrogance that make up Scowl s ourney There were a few parts that slowed down the overall tempo but overall very well done 45 stars rounded up I can t figure out how Mark Lages comes up with such fun ideas for his books None are ever the same and yet they are all really great adventures This book tells the story of a rock star as told by the man he has do all his interviews You will root for Scowl as he experiences the ups and downs of stardom A fast easy fun read Four and a half stars Enjoyable and thought provoking Mr Lages novel bogs down a bit and occasionally suffers from a heavy writer s hand but not to the detriment of the reader s pleasure I d caution against reading this novel too closely with MY REMARKABLE LITTLE MONKEY since the temptation to think of Scowl as a singing Shakespeare is strongEspecially enjoyable for me A marvelous read of lives we learn to care for and events we relate to Events that lead the main character to profound insights through life love and tragedy Scowl is the second book I have read by Mark Lages and while this one differs greatly from Little Blue Whistle in terms of the plot the inspiring and meaningful themes are still carried over Under Grand Hotel, Volume 02 just as well Following a famous rock musician through his life in the height of rock n roll readers come to know Scowl as the person behind the music and glamour a man whose career and life have not been perfect but a man who has experienced love talent tragedy and faith enough to be both a realistic character and a relatable one tooThankfully lacking in the vulgarity of other fictional music memoirs I ve read in the past such as Hard Core Logo Scowl also is the kind of universal book which any reader can identify with something which is hard to find in books these days I loved all the detail in the prose the character flaws which make Scowl all the human the general atmosphere and most of all the way the book feels like aourney not ust a story It was a wonderful book and I really enjoyed it. Ble life from his exuberant years as a young man to his thoughtful years as an adult They reveal the heart and soul of a talented beloved and flawed American entertainer who like the rest of us learned as he lived.

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Rst chapter I was a little afraid I wouldn t be able to read it all the way through because Bonaparte asks Scowl outright if he is a Christian Scowl answered that he was raised as a Christian At first I kept expecting to read how horrible Scowl was at being a Christian Didn t happen Scowl is a man living in the time and world he was given Just an ordinary man who happened to have some talent people paid him for He got to do a lot of interesting things because of his talent You ust gotta read it That s all I can say without giving away the good stuffHaving said that I m sending my copy to one of my daughters and buying 5 copies one for each of my other children and one so I have it around to read again It is that good Once I got started reading I couldn t put it down The characters are so believable it s hard to believe it s all fiction I really didn t know what to expect when I started reading this but apart from me starting out slightly bemused and enjoying a trip down history s lane I was simply tempted to start supplying my own knowledge of David Bowie and the Beatles and Elvis and the Beach Boys and maybe a little Pink Floyd and ride the nostalgic music waveThis is written as a series of interviews revolving a fictitious musician breaking the scene in 1957 and giving us fantastic glimpses of his life until 2001 but apart from that it s not Im Squirrely! (The Nut Family, just about the music It s about Art It s about Life And not to make too fine a point about it it s about doing the best you can and doing the best you can with it It s about making mistakes owning up to them being honest and being good The Fame is a side issueHere s the skinny I m kinda surprised how much this book hit me He kinda started out like an Elvis clone and the character didn t really appeal to me all that much but the writing was clear and uick and I had no issues I then started getting the whole Forrest Gump vibe as history started happening and Scowl came alive Making stupid decisions that nevertheless didn t hurt him any career wiseBy the time I was half way through the novel I discovered something pretty coolThe novel is optimisticHopeful Courageous Decent Even wholesome Scowl did some really crappy things but this is at its heart a lot of different things A redemption novel sure but it s an art lover s novel a family novel and a novel about basic human decency How often do any of us read things like this I mean really Doesn t all the sick stuff sell But if I m going to be perfectly honest I really like the direction this novel took It s like a Norman Rockwell painting that recognizes all the ugliness out there and then DECIDES to sit the crap out to then do its own thingAm I surprised that I actually teared up a little Yeah I guess I am I m used to some really crazy shit This shouldn t GET to me But it did This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review I wasn t at all sure what to expec. E of Scowl's early rock 'n' roll concerts in Los Angeles and they end in 2001ust prior to one of his sold out retrospective shows in Las Vegas These vibrant and compelling interviews cover Scowl's entire remarka.

The basis for the story is a young reporter Ralph Bonaparte gets selected by a young rising star musician Scowl to do exclusive interviews with him These interviews cover over 5 decades from 1957 to 2001 The interviews turn into a deep look inside Scowl including his success troubles insight and a deep look at things we all face in our lives Things we wish we would have done things we wish we did not do This story has a depth to it that Mark Lages produces so well The book makes you think and reflect on your own life and experiences I found myself pausing often to take in what Scowl had learned from his life experiences and apply them to my own life This book is not ust a fluffy read but a deep and motivating read I enjoyed it from start to finish and highly recommend it One of the most impressive attributes about the author Mark Lages is that while you think you are reading an intriguing story about the life of one of his amazing characters by the end of his books you realize that he has made you think about your own life and decisions and compromises you have made throughout your own lifeScowl is no exception to this author s ability Scowl is a rock and roll superstar guitarist We learn his life story through interviews he does with one particular reporter Ralph Bonaparte I found this techniue of guiding us through Scowl s life by reading the reporter s interviews with him to be very original and believable In fact as I read the book I was reminded of the many interviews Dave M I was originally contacted by the author for a reuest to review in providing an honest account of what I ve read and I m so glad he reached out as I accepted the reuest immediately without a moments hesitationThis book will make you forget that it s truly a work of fiction as it s so reality driven so thoughtful so thorough in its concepts and ideas so believable in the interviews that I truly never read anything uite like this before and it was truly captivatingIt begins with a brief intro into the life and times of a famous pop rock musician in the late 50 s known as ScowlScowl is uite the character coming across as both moody harsh abrasive and yet brutally honestHe s the type of fella that feels women swoon all over him yet he has such a hard decision in who to choose for his own personal liking and needsHe s married with kids and ultimately divorces before trying to settle his wild oatsHe s a man seeking redemption but also fame and fortune while being true to self with all his flaws displayed openly for the worldLike him or hate him he truly doesn t care and will often burst out of interviews asking uestions of the interviewee in this case a ournalist who takes on this massive challengeWhat a rideThan Scowl is an amazing book It s the biography of a man who lived life in the spotlight He made some good choices and some bad choices Scowl was How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America just a personAlso by the end of the fi. This book offers a lifetime of interviews with the pop music phenom known to the world as Scowl They were conducted by longtime confidante andournalist Ralph Bonaparte The interviews begin in 1957 right after on.

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