Bulls, Bands, and London Paperback – 2013
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ABOUT THE BOOK: Neil Jarvis believes that the wild and sexy Jordan is the best thing in his otherwise predictable life. So when she mysteriously disappears in England after their first big fight, he drops everything in order to search for her and win back her heart. Now while his journey begins in the rock 'n' roll wonderland of London, it unexpectedly leads him to the chaotic debauchery of Pamplona's San Fermin Festival. And that's where salacious secrets are uncovered that inevitably test Neil and Jordan's roller coaster relationship—and threaten to tear them apart. FOR PHOTOS & EXCERPTS AND TO CHECK OUT MEYER'S "BULLETS, BUTTERFLIES, AND ITALY": Please visit www.johnmeyerbooks.com
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Top Customer Reviews
After flipping each page I just kept saying to myself,"Self? I dont know if I like this Neil person or where this is going."
But that is the point.. you arent suppose to like every character are you?
This book is not for the traditionalists who are looking for a character named John Meyer. It's also not for traditionalists who are looking for typical plots or themes usually found in fiction.
It's superficially dark - Can I say that? Does that make sense? It seems this writer has grabbed a hold of the travelling anti-hero genre and just won't let go - no pathos, no empathy and a new way to read - with no preconceived notions about how this is going to end.
Walking a fine line between train wreck and hero, without giving too much away, our underwhelmed, coasting-through-life hero stumbles onto reality and his masculinity in Pamplona. It might be an obvious literary metaphor if it weren't for the fact that this is partially a memoir and fictional memoirs have to walk a fine line between believability and suspension of disbelief.
So there is tension here but not where'd it's typically placed - no car chases, missing tourists or arrests but internal tension that always seems the most mentally tasking and gratifying for people who love realist portaits of life; travelling from outside to the inside, exploring the hidden depths of a soul is always the best way to travel..
I give it five stars..
Being a lover of music in general (and some Britpop specifically), I thoroughly enjoyed the musical discussions, concert bits and the clever chapter titles.
What I find the most fun about John's books is the way that they interweave fiction with fact, along with some often amusing and always enlightening historical facts. During Neil's stay in London, I managed to get some good lessons (never preachy-teachy, always entertaining) on Admiral Nelson, assorted castles and such, without the flow ever being disturbed. I loved that part.
Highly recommend for fiction and travel lovers alike.
Most recent customer reviews
I really enjoyed the writing style of the author and learned a lot about London while I was traveling there, which makes this book great for any traveler who wants to imagine the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tiffany
I loved this book. The characters are well developed yet not at all typical, and I never really knew what the outcome was going to be. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jennifer Gibson