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What happens to the mind of a musician when Music dies? In one day, I lost the only thing I ever truly loved - music. With nothing in my life and no centering influence, I followed a path some would call delusional and make believe. But it's hard not to succumb when you suffer a grief like mine. All I want is to know the difference between talent, inspiration and acts of ch What happens to the mind of a musician when Music dies? In one day, I lost the only thing I ever truly loved - music. With nothing in my life and no centering influence, I followed a path some would call delusional and make believe. But it's hard not to succumb when you suffer a grief like mine. All I want is to know the difference between talent, inspiration and acts of chance. I will solve this riddle of musical deicide. - Cameron Forsyth. Genre: Psychological Literary Fiction. Rating: Mature. (Contains some swearing and references to pornography, but it is not pornographic)


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What happens to the mind of a musician when Music dies? In one day, I lost the only thing I ever truly loved - music. With nothing in my life and no centering influence, I followed a path some would call delusional and make believe. But it's hard not to succumb when you suffer a grief like mine. All I want is to know the difference between talent, inspiration and acts of ch What happens to the mind of a musician when Music dies? In one day, I lost the only thing I ever truly loved - music. With nothing in my life and no centering influence, I followed a path some would call delusional and make believe. But it's hard not to succumb when you suffer a grief like mine. All I want is to know the difference between talent, inspiration and acts of chance. I will solve this riddle of musical deicide. - Cameron Forsyth. Genre: Psychological Literary Fiction. Rating: Mature. (Contains some swearing and references to pornography, but it is not pornographic)

53 review for The Day the Music Died

  1. 5 out of 5

    Damian O'kane

    The Day the Music Died is the story of a young man and his journey through a difficult part of his life, and how music plays a important role. This story follows his adventures in different places and takes the reader along for the ride as he changes, grows, and expands his understanding. In today's world of mass produced media, it is easy to find a style of book that one enjoys, and be presented with a massive quantity of sameness. An original story will often lose out to the abundance of books The Day the Music Died is the story of a young man and his journey through a difficult part of his life, and how music plays a important role. This story follows his adventures in different places and takes the reader along for the ride as he changes, grows, and expands his understanding. In today's world of mass produced media, it is easy to find a style of book that one enjoys, and be presented with a massive quantity of sameness. An original story will often lose out to the abundance of books that ape what's fashionable and what makes the most profit. If I wanted to read a book about teenage vampires, I could read a different one every single day and I doubt I would learn anything from them. However, The Day the Music Died is a brave original story, and plays its own tune. I felt I learned a lot from this book. This book does not shy away from topics and themes that some may find difficult, moving, and offensive. However, I believe literature should always push boundaries, and The Day the Music Died tackles its uncomfortable and thought-provoking themes with humour, honesty, and wit. The first section of the book I found fascinating. The setting, the time, and the place - all these things resonated with me because it seems the Author understood them so well. A part of my memory of University in New Zealand was captured and mirrored back to me in this part of the book, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I found the characters to be engaging and I wanted to know more about them, to know what was happening to them and what was going to happen to them in their futures. As I continued reading, the book took me to different shores, and experiences that I do not share with the characters of the story. I found these parts of the book to be equally fascinating, eye-opening in many ways, and more than a little uncomfortable too. I find that my appreciation for reading is similar to my appreciation for music and films - I respect talent and integrity, and I will listen to anything that has these two qualities. I only give up on a story or a film or a song if I find it shallow or vapid - I found that this book was most definitely NOT shallow at all, and it kept my interest and enthusiasm till the last page, that I lost myself in the world of the characters, and I didn't want to put it down until I finished it. This was not the easiest book for me to read - it was very close to my own experiences, and forced me to look at my teenage years and early 20's again, for better or worse. I enjoyed it a lot, and recommend it to anyone with an open mind. You may be offended but it will make you think, and it's really worth it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vanda

    If you have a problem with the style of humour used by comedians like Jim Jeffries, Tim Minchin, Frankie Boyle, Louis C K, Jimmy Carr or Ricky Gervais then this shouldn't be your next read. People who do will no doubt find something in this book that will offend them but that won't be the author's fault. I wont really mention much about the technical "writer-ly" aspects of the book because I'm not a writer and therefore can't really have an objective opinion about "how well" the book is written If you have a problem with the style of humour used by comedians like Jim Jeffries, Tim Minchin, Frankie Boyle, Louis C K, Jimmy Carr or Ricky Gervais then this shouldn't be your next read. People who do will no doubt find something in this book that will offend them but that won't be the author's fault. I wont really mention much about the technical "writer-ly" aspects of the book because I'm not a writer and therefore can't really have an objective opinion about "how well" the book is written from a professional perspective. But I know what I like, and I suppose I'm a "good" reader so here it goes. First off I like challenges. I'm not really a fan of straightforward, point A to point B type of stories and in that regard The Day the Music Died is clearly not your average easy beach-read novel. First impressions are clearly positive. The writing is clean and concise, with just enough visual cues to create a world where the reader itself has a very active role to play. In fact I don't think you can read this type of book passively. To do so would be to miss the whole point of the story. What it seems is clearly not what it is, and trust me there is a LOT under the guise of the typical misunderstood artist trying to make a living in an unforgiving world where no one really "gets it" stereotype. The book itself is a stereotype breaker, and reminds me of authors like Gene Wolfe, where you sometimes don't really know what you're getting yourself into until it hits you in the face like a truck. Don't miss the clues and you'll love this book. Maybe in the hands of a professional editor this could even be made into a movie or something. Someone like David Lynch or Terry Gilliam would do a great job with a story like this.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Daneel

    Rating: 4.5 Stars As far as he descends, I really felt for the main character here. As causes for mental insanity go, losing your faith in music is a new one for me. The Day the Music Died has its faults here and there. Characters seem to come and go and then return when needed. But the writing is excellent and the story is original. The Day the Music Died is definitely better suited to those with tastes outside the main stream. If you're overly sensitive, there's a lot in this book that might st Rating: 4.5 Stars As far as he descends, I really felt for the main character here. As causes for mental insanity go, losing your faith in music is a new one for me. The Day the Music Died has its faults here and there. Characters seem to come and go and then return when needed. But the writing is excellent and the story is original. The Day the Music Died is definitely better suited to those with tastes outside the main stream. If you're overly sensitive, there's a lot in this book that might stand in your way. It references porn but it's not pornographic. It's probably offensive to those who don't like being reminded that the porn industry exists in the first place. In the same way it treats sex, The Day the Music Died also depicts violence without being violently descriptive. There are a couple scenes where you are told what is happening but then you are distracted by some other minor details. You know what is going on but Evans won't let you see it. This sometimes feels stronger than excessive description. It reminds me a little bit of the way Patrick Bateman from American Psycho pays as much attention to the furniture in his living room as he does for the dead body lying on it. The humor came mostly from the description of transgender subculture. I would guess that this was from the author's personal experience in that scene. It seemed so bizarre, it had to be true.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    I found the main character of the story easy to sympathize with. He basically loses faith in the one thing he thought had meaning. Anyone who has seen what mainstream culture has done to all forms of art over the years can relate to some degree. As the book progresses, Cameron (the lead character) loses himself first to delusion and sexual sub culture, then to outright paranoid schizophrenia. As with so many stories of insanity, the book itself has you wondering what is real and what isn't. If y I found the main character of the story easy to sympathize with. He basically loses faith in the one thing he thought had meaning. Anyone who has seen what mainstream culture has done to all forms of art over the years can relate to some degree. As the book progresses, Cameron (the lead character) loses himself first to delusion and sexual sub culture, then to outright paranoid schizophrenia. As with so many stories of insanity, the book itself has you wondering what is real and what isn't. If you aren't aware of this technique by the final third, you've been reading The Day the Music Died on only a superficial level. When the ending arrives, you realize how far reaching Cameron's delusions really were. As serious as all this sounds, it's actually a funny book. Amidst some of the darker scenes there are jokes, one liners and amusing cultural references to help soften the tone. Comic material is made from such topics as academia, religion and the porn industry. I'm glad I read this.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    I liked it a lot, but you have to be on the look out for moments when you aren't being told what is really going on. By the time you hit part three of the book, half of what you read is what's going in the main character's mind, not necessarily the outside world. By the time you get to the end, you realize just how much of the earlier parts of the book were also just imagined. Think Fight Club. Reading one of the other reviews, I was bracing myself for something genuinely offensive. The first ch I liked it a lot, but you have to be on the look out for moments when you aren't being told what is really going on. By the time you hit part three of the book, half of what you read is what's going in the main character's mind, not necessarily the outside world. By the time you get to the end, you realize just how much of the earlier parts of the book were also just imagined. Think Fight Club. Reading one of the other reviews, I was bracing myself for something genuinely offensive. The first chapter is called 'Diaper at the Gates of Porn' the first word in the entire book is 'pornography' and the first chapter features an amusingly cold academic write up of a porno movie. From then on, the whole idea of pornography is just a story element that pops up from time to time. There's nothing pornographic in the book at all. Even what sex there is is written in a detached way. Your typical young adult novel would deal with sex more graphically than this.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I don't know who is more insane, the main character or the guy who wrote this. I don't know who is more insane, the main character or the guy who wrote this.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cate

    This is a debut novel for this Author, and if you are offended by pornography you may want to choose to give this a miss. The main protagonist is a credible and likeable character, well written by the Author who manages to imbue in him traits and emotions that can be found in people the reader interacts with on a daily basis. His journey from devotion to disillusionment is well documented, and the Author makes the reader feel as if they are taking this journey with the character, as well as being This is a debut novel for this Author, and if you are offended by pornography you may want to choose to give this a miss. The main protagonist is a credible and likeable character, well written by the Author who manages to imbue in him traits and emotions that can be found in people the reader interacts with on a daily basis. His journey from devotion to disillusionment is well documented, and the Author makes the reader feel as if they are taking this journey with the character, as well as being able to identify those times in their own lives when they have also undergone this change in viewpoint. Although I found the main protagonist to be likeable, I also found him at times to be a little trying on my patience, and some of the ways in which he reacted to events ranging from humourous to violent were a bit too much to handle. The book contains many observations from the Author on our society, especially the cultures and subcultures out there; these observations are insightful and conveyed through a tongue in cheek wit that is especially humourous. The Author also uses a lot of innuendo and, although this is wholly appropriate is some circumstances, after too many pages of it constantly rearing its head I began to tire of it; many readers of this may find that, as I did, it also leaves very little room for the reader to use their imagination which was a very disappointing part of this novel for me. With a little less of the vivid imagery, and more being left to my imagination, this novel would have been much more enjoyable. There are also large parts of this book that weighed down with too much information and explanation, again taking away the readers ability to use their imaginations. All in all I personally didn’t enjoy this read as much as I hoped I would as I do like reads that make me think, and this fell short in that area despite the numerous chuckles it gave me. I would recommend this book to those readers who are looking for something a little on the risqué side. Originally reviewed on: http://catesbooknuthut.com/2013/12/02... This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Asmita Wankhade

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  15. 4 out of 5

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  16. 5 out of 5

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  17. 4 out of 5

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  18. 4 out of 5

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  19. 5 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

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  24. 5 out of 5

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  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

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  32. 5 out of 5

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  33. 4 out of 5

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  49. 5 out of 5

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  50. 4 out of 5

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  53. 5 out of 5

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