Sex, Drugs, & Opera by Roland Orzabal (4 out of 5)

Yes, THAT Roland Orzabal. Lead singer of Tears For Fears. In case you didn’t know, I love Tears For Fears. And now an author. This book came out awhile ago. As usual, I’m a little behind. You can get it on Amazon. I’m not sure if it’s out in your indie bookstore or the “Killer B’s”(Barnes & BAM) that are leaning on pillars in the corner. I know that Ingram carries it at a discount price. If you’re a fan, give this a shot! It’s a great little book. I was entertained by Orzabal’s distinctly wry sense of humor, as well as some potshots at Big Country that appear in the book. For the record, also a fan of Big Country. I just love the humor in this book. And a lot of heart, as well. There’s hope where often you think none can be found. A prevading sense of it runs throughout the book. You can’t help but root for Solomon; he seems like a good chap. 

Solomon Capri is having a midlife crisis, although he seems to be in a suspended sense of denial at the start. His band, Fortune Favours The Brave, had its moment in the sun decades ago. The band sputtered and stopped when its guitarist (and Solomon’s best friend) Fran got sick and died. Jenny, Solomon’s now estranged wife, was a fan that Solomon spotted at one of their shows and fell head over heels, married, and had a family with. Cinderella story? In a sense, but not a happily ever after. Jenny and Solomon have hit a rough patch. Solomon gets an offer to participate in an American-Idol type show that turns singers into opera singers. He accepts, thinking that perhaps this is the boost his marriage needs.. you know, win and be a hero in the wife’s eyes again. He ends up enlisting the help of an elderly man who lives on a leaky barge with his disabled wife, in learning to sing opera again. The mysterious Sylvania is Solomon’s key to getting into the opera show, but she and her weirdo friend, the burly and dim-witted Andreas, latch onto Jenny, and the distance between the and Solomon grows. Add in her best friend, the big bosomed firecracker Lexi, throwing herself at Solomon. And the daughter of the family that lives on the property, developing a crush on Solomon, and this poor guy has his hands full. With explosives. A string of events unravel, and after Jenny moves out and then Solomon busts her holding hands with Andreas at a play, it all goes boom! In his face. Seriously, I felt so sorry for this guy, grieving the death of his marriage and not looking for anything but a way to get things back to how they were, and it all goes nuclear. There is still humor here, folks. It’s not gloom and doom as I am making it sound. At the same time, revealing more will ruin the book for you. And I do NOT want that, because it was a story full of heart. Solomon is one of my favorite characters in a long time. I encourage you to pick up this book as soon as you can. What a great read. 

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~ by generationgbooks on March 18, 2017.

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