Des is a victim of the '60s: due to massive overdoses of drugs and alcohol, he has lost much of his short-term memory and functions (or doesn't function) much of the time in a semi-hallucinatory state. He makes his music, has strange visitors from the past and present, and is eventually drawn out of his seclusion to pursue his new girlfriend, Claire, to a strange planet called Toronto. Quarrington delivers a fast-paced, zany read, well grounded in the details of the '60s music scene (Quarrington himself spent most of the '70s as a rock bassist in bands such as Joe Hall and the Continental Drift). After winning the Governor General's Award for fiction in 1990, the novel inspired first a mythical soundtrack album to the book, Whale Music, by the Rheostatics, and then a feature film, Whale Music. --Mark Frutkin
One of Paul Quarrington's best. Lovely book. I have bought it and given it away so many times. It's one of those books that makes a wonderful gift for the kind of people I know... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Island Kate
Did Random House lose the Quark Express files to this book? The printing quality of this edition is just miserable. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2005 by Mindme
I remember reading some years ago that Brian Wilson is reported to have remarked - "Whale Music is the best book about the Beach Boys that I have read." Why not?Published on Sept. 30 2002 by Cordova Bay Entertainment Group, Inc.