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Boyle s imagination is inexhaustible and the stories he weaves are finely and masterfully detailed and entertaining I am not a fan of comedy books and funny literature, I prefer my reads full of drama, crying, and misery the darker the better But this one made me chuckle, shiver, and then contemplate on how high a price people sometimes pay in order to achieve their biggest dreams T.C Boyle tells the story of Mungo Park, a Scottish doctor and explorer set to map the river Niger, suffering through numerous diseases and fending off constant attacks in Africa of the 1800s In parallel, we read the story of the fictional character Ned Rise a con man, fraud, and body snatcher, out of luck since forever The story is very fast paced and full of events, but with great attention to details It switches between stories and characters masterfully, juggling with events the way a prestidigitator would pull tricks at a traveling carnival There s a lot of sex, grime, dirt, and inappropriate humor in this one, but in a light and entertaining way It definitely took my mind off things and gave me a breath of fresh air I ll be looking out for Boyle for sure An ambitious but messy novel, which for me was of a heroic failure than a triumphant success I like the idea a lot a fictionalised account of Mungo Park s travels to find the source of the Niger River, interspersed with the story of an invented London rogue called Ned Rise The general approach is a sort of knockabout picaresque style, a comic novel of adventures, but unfortunately this does leave the whole thing feeling rather caricaturish The London scenes in particular are like a cartoon version of a Hogarth painting, though with even willingness to dwell on the cheap sex and inhuman squalor of eighteenth century city life.This two dimensionality does cause problems with tone There are some appalling stories in here, especially when it comes to the female characters Poor Fanny Brunch goes from servitude to extended sadomasochistic rape and torture to drug addiction to losing a baby to well, to a nasty end If this is supposed to be social commentary then a roustabout comic style is the wrong way to do it it just feels trivial and cruel Similarly, the final third of the book builds to an unhappy climax for pretty much everyone But because the characters have so little depth, it doesn t seem particularly moving or tragic It just seems relentless, and actually kind of depressing.There are various other problems with the execution, some subjective, others serious I didn t like the way Boyle explained so much of his historical context There are long paragraphs bringing readers up to speed on things like what the Sahel is, or where the Niger River is located If you already know this, such passages feel patronising, and if you don t then it deprives you of the pleasure of investigating the novel s sidelines, chasing down references The structure of the book is also a bit awkward, describing as it does both of Park s two African expeditions, with a detailed interlude in Scotland in between The problem is that by the time we go back to West Africa for the final section of the novel, it feels like going backwards we ve seen it all before.Most crucially, though, I have no idea what this book is actually about What s it all for I mean some of the set pieces are a lot of fun, and there are some enjoyable bits of dialogue, but there s just nothing behind it There are no unifying themes at all, just incidents.Boyle is clearly a huge Thomas Pynchon fan, and the book I couldn t help comparing this to was Pynchon s Mason Dixon, another postmodern adventure novel about an eighteenth century British explorer Water Music does not emerge well from the comparison Pynchon picked out little known sidelines from the period Vaucanson s mechanical duck, the transit of Venus and he let the reader do at least half the work For all Boyle s energetic prose style, his targets are too obvious or too clich Ultimately, Pynchon writes novels of ideas Boyle doesn t seem to have any ideas Without them, his rich vocabulary is left rudderless, and he throws words like hyetologist and remugient around a bit clumsily.OK I ve probably gone too far now This is by no means a bad novel, and I enjoyed reading it it s just a bit frustrating because there is a much better book in there somewhere This was TC Boyle s first, and I would definitely like to read some of his others and see how his style has matured In this case I unfortunately felt a bit too much like Mungo Park myself on an eventful journey, but without any clear idea of where I was going or why. The sun scorches the sky as if it were newly created, as if it were flexing its muscle, hammering out the first link in a chain of megatonic nuclear events, flaring up with all the confidence of youth and all the promise of eternal combustion Which is to say it is hot Damnably hot And as quiet as the surface of some uninhabitable and forbidden planet And there is nothing new under the sun except some new books Water Music, named after Georg Friedrich H ndel s suite, written in the exotic language and boasting the exotic contents, is itself some sort of music at the same time tragic and burlesque, the novel is a set of adventures and misadventures rolled into one thick volume of fortune.There is an antihero and antagonist Ned Rise T.C Boyle has borrowed this character from John Masefield s Dead Ned and turned him into a roguish misfit and unsinkable enthusiastic loser Experience has taught Ned Rise a good many things nearly all of them unpleasant One thing it has taught him is to keep his assets liquid Another is to wear a life jacket if you re expecting heavy seas He has also come to understand that the prudent homme des affaires never removes his shoes, keeps one eye propped open in repose, and never under any circumstances allows himself to enter a room with only one door And, of course, there is a hero and protagonist Mungo Park A real historical personage a renowned explorer and traveler seeking fame and glory he glances up from his eggs and drippings to scan the ruddy faces and long noses at the bar, pregnant with his secret, savoring the quiet incubation of his celebrity If they only knew He stifles a sudden impulse to shout it out, dance on the tables, set it to music and sing it to them, emblazon it on great drooping banners like bellying sails But there is nothing in celebrity Right from the beginning of the world man craves the new Man wants the great unknown turned into the great known and one is ready to trade for this anything even one s own life. A third of the way through I m enjoying the read, but I m still waiting for the hilarious part Finished at last If the Washington Post book reviewer had actually read this book, which I seriously doubt, he would have written a completely different comment Rather than hilarious , I would say Ned Rise s and Mungo Park s adventures crossing Africa were disturbing.The plot is clever, the presentation spellbinding, the meaning, if any, obscure No one ends up a happy camper afer all that so called hilarity.Bottom line If I had only one book with me, and this was it, I would read it If I had two, not so much.