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  • By John Madden
    Oct 15, 2009
    "East of the Holyland - Bob Lind" …. "You’re talking about this place (LA) like it’s the Holy Land or something.” Folksinger Durham’s angry reaction when his best friend challenges him to try his talents against the heavy competition in LA. But Durham lacks real confidence in his own musical ability and wants to cling to a dying local folk scene and a crumbling love affair in Denver. Bob Lind takes us through a stand-out seven days in young Jory Durham’s life when everything begins to change, which sets him on the path towards LA. All the elements of a “can’t put down” read are packed into this fast-moving story : raging emotions, domestic violence, a love triangle, loyal friendship, hard drinking , drugs, sex, betrayal, biker gang vandalism, rejection, even suspicion of murder. The characters and dialogue are down-to-earth and believable. Lind’s prose throughout is no less brilliant than what his throngs of music fans have come to know and treasure. There is not a... More > boring moment in the book …Bob keeps up our interest, keeps it quick paced and lots happening. He grabs readers’ emotions chapter after chapter. The hero is often dislikeable, but loveable, and in the end Bob had me really feeling for the guy. The story builds to what I felt was a highly emotional climax at the Concert where our hero’ s confidence is unleashed and he discovers his deep-down feelings for his music and his friends. Bob had my tears flowing at this point…That’s when you are sure you are into a really great novel. A line here and there brings to mind some of the lyrics of Bob’s songs. West Virginia summer…Tapestry kittens …Sunday walks thru the park. Whether it is biographically based, or not, doesn’t matter – What matters is this novel stands on it’s own as an example of worthwhile literature. I usually devour a novel a week and loved this book…and reckon it is a really great story. Hope you enjoy reading “East of the Holyland” as much as I did. It was a long time coming but well worth the wait. Now I’m thirsting for publication of Bob’s second novel. I suspect that’s going to depend on sales of this first one, though. John Madden 28 Feb 2009< Less
  • By hazzo_d
    May 1, 2009
    "East of the Holyland - Bob Lind" I have just this minute finished reading the book. Being a Lind fan, I more than likely had preconceptions, and even apprehensions - how much is autobiographical, how much is fantasy - how much is a bit of both? Will I be confronted by any of this? And, of course, being a fan, will I be in a position to read and take it in without feeling unbiased, or without risking any preformed judgements of this artist's essence...? Well, let me tell's a great book - in style, in subject matter, in continuity - the initial blank canvas is touched from corner to corner with scene-setting description -(time, place, character introduction), which forms the backdrop for twists of circumstances, captured in a short timeframe -a sea of circumstances. The main character (not intended to be, nor ever achieving "hero" status) at first puts himself to us as being somewhat confident of being in control of his "situation", - however,... More > as the sea of circumstances washes over him his uncertainty with his own reactions,- much less those of others, - piles brick after brick on him and the world he knows -the papered-over cracks reappear... This time snapshot (although chronologically displayed,is still, to me, not unlike Lind's classic song "Mr. Zero"). I won't fall into the trap of debating real vs fantasy, but I will say that there's an evident insightfulness (an artist's ability?) which results in credible storytelling. I'll end by saying that the main character, Jory Durham, lets us in to his inner self - demon/angel/mere mortal - but remains determined to stay faithful to his beliefs - his Music. (He would have been a great mate to have - but you wouldn't like your sister to fall for him! - AND, who of us hasn't had/has mates like that?! ) _________________ Danny Harris< Less
  • By Terry Smith
    Feb 28, 2009
    "EAST OF THE HOLYLAND by Bob Lind" I finished reading Bob’s book a week or so ago and thought I’d share just a couple of thoughts. A couple of caveats: • I don’t review books for a living, so my comments are personal, not professional. Take ’em for what they’re worth. • I’m a long-time fan of Bob’s and, therefore, lost all objectivity some time ago. I have to admit I found it impossible to read without hearing Bob’s voice throughout. In the introduction he mentions that it is the most biographical novel he’s written, so I guess that’s understandable. However, a part of me wishes I could have been handed the book without any way of identifying the author. I might be able to be more objective (for my sake, not this review’s). I found it to be a “sneaky-good” read. The plot and characters are not terribly complex, but after several pages you realize that the narrative is making you work harder (i.e., read and think) than the story line might suggest… and it carries... More > throughout the entire book. Bob’s writing is every bit as strong in prose and dialog form as it is in lyric form. The characters are interesting and a few of them are really quite enjoyable to meet and consider (e.g., Wesley and Bagel). I particularly liked the consistency, honesty and laying bare of protagonist Jory Durham’s character even if, in the process, he comes across as an emotional - and sometimes physical - thug. (He’s really quite insufferable, even though occasionally sprinkled with a bit of rogue, and sure isn’t someone for whom I found myself rooting.) But he’s consistent to the end and there is no 11th hour epiphany, which was refreshing. I’m sure that it’s a pretty accurate recollection of what the Denver folk scene was like at the time, which was fun for me, personally, to read about. Being from New England, I always assumed no folk music existed outside of Cambridge and the Village. I never thought or knew anything about other folk pockets. Would I recommend it? Of course. It’s thoughtful. It’s raw. It’s interesting. It’s honest. It’s unapologetic. It’s well written. It’s Lind. Enjoy.< Less
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Standard Print Edition
LindLyfe Publishing
February 2, 2009
Hardcover (dust-jacket)
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.19 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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