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South of the Pumphouse
     

South of the Pumphouse

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by Les Claypool
 

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A dark, clever tale of two brothers, a fishing trip, drugs, and murder, this novel skillfully combines classic motifs of epic struggle and intelligent layers of imagery, reminiscent of The Old Man and the Sea, and the raw, tweaked perspective of a Hunter S. Thompson novel.

Les Claypool established himself as the most original rock bassist in the

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A dark, clever tale of two brothers, a fishing trip, drugs, and murder, this novel skillfully combines classic motifs of epic struggle and intelligent layers of imagery, reminiscent of The Old Man and the Sea, and the raw, tweaked perspective of a Hunter S. Thompson novel.

Les Claypool established himself as the most original rock bassist in the 1990s, as front man for the hit band Primus. They toured the world with groups like Jane’s Addiction, Public Enemy, and U2. Claypool penned the theme song to TV's South Park, and has guested on albums by many other artists, including Jerry Cantrell and Tom Waits.

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Publishers Weekly
Brothers Ed and Earl Paxton are different mid-1990s products of the redneck California town El Sobrante: Earl, 36, is a meth-smoking greaser who stayed in town. Ed has tried to distance himself from his roots by going to state college, moving to Berkeley and marrying a black woman. His trip back to "ol' El Sob," prompted by nostalgic stirrings after his father dies, catapults him back to his past. The brothers leave on a fishing trip, and Ed is dismayed to discover that Earl's obnoxious friend, Donny Vowdy, a loquacious and flatulent man overflowing with stories of his sexual exploits, is along for the ride. While on the water, Earl is forced into the role of referee between Ed and Donny as the men, plied with beer, pot and psychedelic mushrooms, dredge up ancient arguments, but it is Earl's drug-fueled rampage that lands the brothers in trouble. Though Claypool, mostly known as the bass player in the band Primus, substitutes childhood flashbacks for character development and constructs a thin plot, his characters' escalating savagery culminates in a satisfyingly unsettling conclusion. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936070473
Publisher:
Akashic Books
Publication date:
07/01/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
200
File size:
360 KB

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Les Claypool established himself as the most original rock bassist in the 1990s, as frontman for the hit band Primus. They toured the world with groups like Jane's Addiction, Public Enemy, and U2. Claypool penned the theme song to TV's "South Park," and has guested on albums by many other artists, including Jerry Cantrell and Tom Waits.

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South of the Pumphouse 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Big Les Claypool fan and have to say i loved this book. I went into this book not expecting much and came out wondering if he wrote any more books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With intricate details and his twisted sense of humor Les Claypool has written ne of the craziest stories I've read to date. Claypools personality is clearly portrayed in his writing style. Just when you think you have it all figured out he throws in one heck of a twist that will leave you speachless.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a Primus fan for well over a decade it was a given that I would be picking this up. Being an avid reader of snobby literature for several years now it was not a given that I would enjoy it. Thankfully I did, as Claypool's knack for clever lyrics translates well into novel form. In particular were several extremely vivid scenes, mostly the first and last chapters featuring Earl. Quite enjoyable, and if he writes another book it could really be something special, but as it stands my favorite bit of written word by the man remains Over The Electric Grapevine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
as a fan of les, i saw he had a book and rushed to the store to buy it. As a younger reader it was pretty crazy, but i still enjoyed it. You can obviously wonder if any of it was true because some of the subjects relate to songs during his primus carrier. we'll never know, but, great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a fan of Mr. Claypool and all of his work, I was eager to read his firsr novel. The only dissapointment was the length and the font size vs. price. However the story is funny and progressive. When I finished I wondered if any or all of this ever took place or if these people are real. Would rate 4 stars, but it has a price for what is really a short story. Still recommend this book.