Border Musicby Robert James Waller
Texas Jack Carmine is a free soul, a rider of roads, and a man with secrets that stretch back to Vietnam and hungers that keep him from settling down. Linda Lobo is ready to ride with him, but they're not just headed back to his Texas ranch. They're headed for a passion that only happens once--and breaks your heart when it ends. HC: Warner.
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It was interesting, funny and sometimes quite depressing. It took me quite a while to get into reading, because I was really busy the past month, but when I started reading it was very fluent and nice going. This book makes you think about your life, what do you want to do with it or what did you do wrong. What could have been if you would be just a little bit more of a free spirit and spontaneous, adventurous, if you threw away all your plans for the future, all those secure decisions and just go on the road, take one step at the time and not think about where're you headed. There are two stories completeing each other in this book. One is about a man and a woman who met at the Rainbow bar where she worked as a dancer, they went on the road together, picked up her little daughter and they all lived at his ranch. I don't want to give up too many details, but lets just say that Jack Carmine had a lot of things hunting him from the past and Linda always wondered if she could do more with her life and not just settle for what she has. The other story is about Vince, his wife died awhile back and he was always the predictable, caring, family man. He was responsible. But he always dreamed of traveling and discovering, sensing adventure on his own skin and ne day he decides to do it. It's a lot of talk about country music in this book, and from time to time it was hard for me to understand the words, because some of them are outside my vocabulary range (I'm not from an English speaking country). Anyway, 3 stars for this one.
This is a desperado love story intertwined with Waller's beautiful prose and unorthodox philosophy, some of which is R rated. Enough good thoughts to merit a reading. Trish New, author of The Thrill of Hope, South State Street Journal, and Memory Flatlined.
This story hits a little too close to home, but then shouldn't a good book make you uncomfortable? At the same time that Jack is trapped by his past we see him desperately hanging onto his life of freedom. I see him echoed in the eyes of cowboys, loggers, bikers, and truck drivers who struggle to adapt to the world as it is today, and also struggle with the disappearance of the lives and livelyhoods they know. Everytime I read this book it effects me more. Make no mistake-- the characters are raw, the story tragic, and the ending unsettling, but for me those are what makes this story so real.
The few novels by Robert Waller are sadly unknown by most -- other than Bridges of Madison County. Everything else he has done is phenominal -- but don't read him unless you like reality and life in the real world. NO other writer has his insight -- his books are WELL worth looking for!!