There is quite a lot of bad sex in this book, some for humorous effect, some simply coarse. Neither the women nor the comic characters convince and Dani’s bandmates and managers are assemblages of music-biz clichés. What holds the attention is the evocation of a culture trying to break free of rural, religious and Franco-ist ties. Dani’s wistful search for validation — from music, sex, or his father — adds a thoughtful dimension. But too often it’s swamped by pretension.
Restless musician Dani Mosca, 40, is in the back of a hearse, re-assessing his life as he brings his father’s body to his childhood countryside village for burial...
Breezy, bittersweet and tangential, Trueba’s prose captures the rueful regrets of a man who’s searching for meaning and redemption in a life that’s short on both.
David Trueba’s skilfully crafted novel is fast-moving and full of sparkle, but with a deeper pull beneath the surface. I laughed a lot in between the many tough scenes. It is a novel that tackles the chaos of life nakedly and nobly.