Border Music

Border Music

by Robert James Waller


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Most people don't run out the back door of a place called the Rainbow Bar in Dillon, Minnesota, with someone they don't even know, get in a pickup truck, drive all day, and end up without any clothes on in a motel room. But that's what Texas Jack Carmine did with Linda Lobo. It was the kind of thing Jack was famous for doing. The people who knew Texas Jack Carmine - such as songwriter Bobby McGregor and Jack's uncle Vaughn Rhomer back in Iowa - called him God's only freeborn soul, rider of the summer roads, traveler of the far places. Where he was headed with dark-haired, long-legged Linda was not just back to his one-horse Texas ranch. It was somewhere he had never been: face to face with his own heart and the wild, strange things that live there. Border Music is the story of Jack and Linda, of long, hot days on a high desert ranch, nights wild with loving beneath West Texas skies, and times when their relationship tears them both apart. It's about Vietnam and the Midwest, and Vaughn Rhomer, an old man who,tries in his own fumbling way to be free. It's about men and women who work hard and care intensely, about romance and the passion that you only find once...and you never stop wanting to find again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446518581
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 02/07/1995
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 781,140
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Robert James Waller lived on a remote ranch in the high-desert mountains of Texas, where he pursued his interests in writing, photography, music, economics, and mathematics. He was the New York Times bestselling author The Bridges of Madison County, which has sold over 10 million copies, was adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep and Clintwood and also a Broadway musical; and its epilogue A Thousand Country Roads. He died in his home at age 77.

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Border Music 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
woodshopcowboy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Between my freshman year of college and my eventual marriage six years later, I spent most of my time time on the road. To somewhere, away from somewhere, running somewhere. It's a hard, lonely, beautiful way of life. Border Music, the story of two lovers and the road, is a hard, lonely and at times, beautiful book. A beat-up country songwriter tells the story of Texas Jack Carmine and Linda Lobo's love affair during the mid-eighties. While Kerauc had Dean, and Humbert had Lolita, Waller explores the cracks and faults of a conventional romance on the road. Texas Jack is a Vietnam vet with issues, Linda's a topless dancin' lady with a roadweary heart. I'm not going to describe the plot or characters any further. You've heard the country song, you've seen the movie, you've dreamed this book before. It's never the story that catches you - it's the voice, it's the music, it's the knowledge Waller possesses about the American soul and the American road. Absolutely enjoyable read.
Joles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for a college class (Writing about Music) and I HATED it! The book didn't draw me in and some of the situations seemed rather risque to me. It may have been that I was forced to read it or that I wasn't in the mood for it at the time but I don't know if I can bring myself to giving it a second chance.
-essence More than 1 year ago
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!