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South of the Pumphouse [Paperback]

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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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Pages   190
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 4.75" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2006
Publisher   Akashic Books
ISBN  1933354062  
ISBN13  9781933354064  

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The Jimi Hendrix of The Bass Guitar Can Write.  Sep 6, 2008
Les Claypool can do anything with a bass guitar. For those who don't know, Les fronted his amazing band, Primus, all through the 90s and beyond. And I'll admit I'm a big fan of his music, but I also read loads of horror and bizarre fiction, and I can tell you Les Claypool can really write.

The worst thing you could do, would be to write this book off as one that got published only because a world famous bass player penned it. This isn't as bizarre as the lyrics Les writes for his side projects and Primus. It's not a bunch of abstract sentences strung together that don't make sense, either.

Les doesn't hold back with his characters; drugs, sex, and violence are a part of this book, but people need to understand that when a writer starts a story, the characters take on a life of their own. So, it would be very wrong to say Les just sat down and wrote a bunch of garbage that he planned beforehand.

This book would appeal not only to fans of the music Les creates, but to anyone into strange fiction that makes for a really good read. There's no shortage of humor in this tale either; anyone who knows Primus, knows Les has a weird sense of humor.

I opened this book expecting to read about 30 pages and then move on to some other books I was reading at the same time, and the next thing I knew it was hours later and I was more than half way through the book. Les definitely mastered his flow of words and found his own distinctive writing voice. I really hope this isn't the last strange tale that he decides to publish. I'd like to see him become as known for his writing as he is for reinventing the bass guitar.

If you like the kind of fiction that stirs your mind deep into the night and roams around your mind long after, then make sure you read South of The Pumphouse before it goes out of print and you have to spend a lot of $$$ trying to obtain a used copy.

Big time kudos to Les for creating this one.
Thanks so much for the quick shipping, cheap price, and the book was also in BRAND NEW condition!
Enjoyable  Jul 29, 2007
South of the Pumphouse, as one would expect from a novel written by a musician, isn't literary genius, but, as shown in his lyrics and overall music career, Claypool is a creative storyteller. True, the character development is pretty weak and the book breezes by in a few hours, but it is an interesting, dark story, much like the lyrics to many Primus songs. If you don't know who Les Claypool is, I can see this book being easy to ignore or even dislike, but I'd say it's a good read for a Claypool fan. It's nice to hear Claypool's voice in a different medium.
Quick and Dirty  Jun 23, 2007
South of the Pumphouse wasn't what I expected, however I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and it shows Les has a real potential for fiction writing. It's barely a "novel", which makes for a quick read, almost like an exquisitely detailed and fleshed out Primus song (go figure). I read it in about a day. I'm not sure where all the Old Man and the Sea and Hunter Thompson comparisons came from, though. I didn't really get that impression at all. The story and prose is much more reminiscent of a short story Stephen King would write minus any supernatural aspects.

The plot is very straightforward and simplistic, and although I could usually see around the corner more than Les probably wanted, there are a couple twists in there that surprised me. As far as the subject matter, it tackles many of Les's typical subjects - hard drugs, redneckery, the ugly side of the human experience, and humor.

The humor in the book is dark, and I found myself laughing out loud more than a few times, particularly when the fishing trip really gets going. The entire middle section of the book is dedicated to the fellas out on the boat BSing, telling jokes and old stories, and arguing. Those chapters are broke down by conversation topic - bait the hook, throw it out, tell a story/argue/joke for a couple pages, repeat.

Like I said, it's a simple albeit disturbing story, but very enjoyable, and a great first book for the great Les Claypool.
Fishin' & Trippin'  Jun 15, 2007
Premiere bassist Les Claypool tries his hand at novel writing here and comes up okay. Better than say if a famous writer tried his hand at playing Les's style of bass guitar. The story revolves around two brothers, an obnoxious friend & a fishing trip ("trip" being the key word). Things get out of hand between the brothers and the friend out there on the water and then things get U-G-L-Y! The plot is tightly wound and the book is economically worded which means even if you don't like it, it's a one-sitting type of read. Hey, Les is more here --- it works. The closest thing I can compare 'South of the Pumphouse' to is if you read and liked Hunter S. Thompson's 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' you might also enjoy this book.

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