Roll 'Em Mister Bones

Roll Em Mister Bones Martin Bonehouse sits in his hotel room in New Orleans writing a book about a city constructed not of bricks and timber but of stories and jazz This book will be a welcome departure from his shocking

  • Title: Roll 'Em Mister Bones
  • Author: Mark Stewart-Jones
  • ISBN: 1909716014
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Paperback
  • Martin Bonehouse sits in his hotel room in New Orleans writing a book about a city constructed not of bricks and timber, but of stories and jazz This book will be a welcome departure from his shocking fiction debut, the far reaching consequences of which have had a hand in his exile and estrangement from his family in England In fact, the controversy of the misunderstoodMartin Bonehouse sits in his hotel room in New Orleans writing a book about a city constructed not of bricks and timber, but of stories and jazz This book will be a welcome departure from his shocking fiction debut, the far reaching consequences of which have had a hand in his exile and estrangement from his family in England In fact, the controversy of the misunderstood subject matter has all but destroyed his life and he has had to resort to clandestine, reverse shop lifting to distribute the remaining copies.It is while he is on one of these missions, to sneak his books onto the shelves of a dusty New Orleans book shop, that his trip is hijacked by the legend of Tambo Bones a 1940s bluesman whom Martin is convinced has produced one of the greatest lost protest songs of the twentieth century From the first time Martin hears the song he becomes obsessed with writing Tambo s story, dragging his reputation out of the murky pit that controversy has consigned him to and elevating him to his rightful status as a civil rights pioneer But how important is the truth when the stories are so entertaining and history is merely a display of the most convenient facts

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    1. What a curious and completely engaging book. This has left me pondering on so much. It was great. And I don't even know where to start in trying to describe it. It's like stories and books within stories and books; about people and lives and social history and travel and music.Much of it is set in New Orleans - which I really feel like I'd love to visit now - and thus there's a lot about the music scene. I know virtually nothing about jazz and blues but I didn't feel this was too obsessional on [...]

    2. Roll ‘Em Mister Bones is a very original read. The hero, Martin Bonehouse is irritating and endearing by equal measure and although most of what has happened to him could probably have been avoided, it’s impossible not to feel some empathy for the character. Martin has taken himself off to New Orleans – hiding from the situation at home in England, and it is here that he takes on a quest to rediscover some mad old American music by an obscure performer, meeting several colourful characters [...]

    3. First of all I would like to thank the author for giving me the opportunity to read this boom through the First Reads giveaway.This was a very interesting read. Ponderous and thoughtful I found myself unsure of where the story was going but yet I was still happy to go along for the ride. It's split structure simultaneously kept me interested in both the current story and the back story (as we delved into the book that caused so much uproar) as well as making it easy for me to pick up and put do [...]

    4. It's hard to describe this literary piece about Martin Bonehouse who is trying to write a book about the city of New Orleans but gets sidetracked by the story of a jazz showman. The narrative skipped between the present and Martin's past where 'something' happened that is not revealed at the beginning. I enjoyed the author's style and found the lead character quite likeable.

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