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Sex, Drugs & Opera: There's Life After Rock 'n' Roll (English Edition)
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Sex, Drugs & Opera: There's Life After Rock 'n' Roll (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Roland Orzabal

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Solomon Capri is a semi-retired pop star who appears to be settling contentedly into middle-age. With his gorgeous, successful wife, Jenny, his country pile, and gold discs hanging in his plush bathroom, he seems to have it all.

But all is not well between Jenny and Solomon; as her business continues to grow, her affection for her husband begins to diminish, and soon divorce is on the cards. To try and win Jenny back, Solomon throws his bruised heart into trying out for a reality TV show that turns lapsed pop acts into opera singers.

The ace up his sleeve is an eccentric octogenarian opera coach he employs to get ahead of the competition but, to his surprise, Solomon learns far more than how to improve the quality of his vibrato; especially when his coach asks Solomon to duet with newly single Samantha...

Sex, Drugs & Opera is the debut novel of Tears for Fears musician, Roland Orzabal.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 272 pages
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  • Editeur : Acorn Digital Press (26 mars 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00IS5X7WC
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Don't has a Happy Ending! 31 mars 2014
Par Jennifer H. - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Sex, Drugs & Opera: There's Life After Rock 'n' Roll is a romantic comedy, mystery and drama all rolled into one, sprinkled liberally with steamy soap-opera esque scenes.

A middle-aged, semi-retired, empty nester, former pop star, Solomon Capri, desperately tries to find relevance in his comfortable, yet staid life. The opportunity comes when he's asked to participate in the reality show "Popstar to Operastar." Solomon's intrigue is strong enough to get him to reach out of his comfort zone, but not too much of a stretch as he had some opera training as a teenager. He justifies that the real motivation for taking on this new challenge is to rekindle his long running but dwindling marriage, despite the potential for making a fool of himself. It becomes quickly clear though, that his marriage is already over and has been for some time.

So what compels the reader to want to root for this often unrecognizable, on-the-verge-of-divorce "has been" pop star, whom we quite honestly don't know much about? Unfortunately there aren't enough flashbacks provided painting the picture of the height of Solomon's glory days, so it's challenging to cheer for his comeback when we don't understand how far he's faded. We're not taken back to the `80s as much as we would benefit from spending more time there. Solomon does gives us peeks into his past with a few brief memories of the band's lead singer who sadly passed away, and the color of his wife's hair at the time. These scenes are few and far between and comparatively short in description to the present day fancy restaurants he dines in and the meals he consumes there, the hotels he frequents, the fashion he and his wife dons and the cars he drives. This detail keeps the reader hanging on, though, hoping he'll unleash his past on us just as descriptively, while interspersing it with the present. This, and his real motivation for pursuing the show, keeps the reader wanting to learn more.

But it's clear that the reader is not the only one confused. Solomon is the most confused. After quickly abandoning the fight for his wife, Solomon interacts with several different characters, all who have an amusing "six degrees of Kevin Bacon" connection to him, whether he's aware of it or not. The most complex and easy to love character is his opera coach, Dr. Eugene Sparks, who not only gets Solomon to reach deep inside his chest to discover his operatic vocal range, but to also reach even deeper to dust off his soul while he's down there.

The story rambles on with an improbable (and sometimes predictable) plot of dramatic twists affecting Solomon at every turn, who appears powerless to just about everything that happens to him. Despite many funny scenes, a strong underlying current of tension flows throughout, seeming to be singing its own duet with the humor and wit that tries to downplay it. Solomon's life is one of constant irony. People surround him, yet he feels alienated and alone despite intimate, often accidental, encounters with various women. True intimacy eludes him and he numbs this painful struggle with alcohol and drugs. His opera training is the only thing that gives him focus and demands discipline in a chaotic life that is still filled with distractions and temptation, despite the decades that have passed since his stardom. The story finally comes full circle with his bandmate's ghostly visits from the grave, and eventually does have a "Happy Ending."

This story reminds me of many of the author's song lyrics from his real music career. It takes you on a journey with a vulnerable soul who's longing for understanding and self-validation, while searching for the shelter and safety of a genuine, trusting romantic relationship. Lots of humor is thrown in at the point where desperation might easily set in.

I can't wait for the movie... :)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Roland does it again. Highly recommended. 28 mars 2014
Par Kim Cass - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Not surprising, any of Roland's projects are amazing. Music and now a book author. As lifelong fan, I was thrilled to get my hands on his latest project. We fans have come to expect amazing things from him and once again, he does not disappoint. Great story and characters. Sex, Drugs and Opera was entertaining to read and well written. It takes us into what just may be a bit of his own life experiences being onstage and admired by many. Looking at the world through Solomon's eyes was mesmerizing. Thank you Roland. Curious to see if there will be a part two down the line! Thank you for your brilliance. We miss you and Curt. Hope you tour again in 2014! ~ Kim Cass
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A fun and fascinating look at the life of a pop star seeking new directions 26 août 2014
Par Paul Halpern - Publié sur
Blending farce, social commentary, and alternative histories, Roland Orzabal's highly enjoyable new novel, Sex, Drugs and Opera, offers an intriguing look at a 1980s pop star in his midlife years who decides to offer his vocal chords a workout as an opera singer. His motive is to be on a television show in which rock singers compete for their ability to belt out an aria.

Orzabal is, of course, co-founder of the popular band Tears for Fears, and delightfully makes use his behind-the-scenes knowledge of the music industry to enliven his story. He also knows much about opera, shedding insight into that world as well. There is much excellent wordplay. The protagonist has the fitting name Solomon Capri. Throughout the novel he and other characters find themselves needing to make solomonic decisions amidst capricious events, such as unexpected deaths, attempted suicides, life-altering disabilities, and giant holes in the ground that trap innocents. His band is aptly named "Fortune Favours the Brave," with initials FFTB, something like TFF (Tears for Fears) in reverse, and playing up the idea of keeping cool during tragic events (turning misfortune into fortune).

As a scientist, I enjoyed Orzabal's sly reference to Schrödinger's cat paradox, when Solomon briefly doesn't know if his dog is alive or dead due to the calamitous nature of said hole-in-the-ground. Indeed that knowledge turns out to be one of the critical junctures in the story--a fork linking various parallel possibilities.

Up until the time of the story's events, Solomon seemed stuck in a rut--frozen in time because of the untimely death of his fellow band member Fran. His wife Jenny, made wealthy by her family feminine hygiene product business, coldly tramples over his aspirations. The invitation to the television show inspires him to seek out an elderly opera coach, setting in motion a string of events that would change his life. Curiously his level-headedness emerges from deep inside him and he ends up making sound life decisions, after a few distractions relating to the book's title.

All in all, Sex, Drugs, and Opera is an entertaining, thought-provoking read. Highly recommended!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The awesome Roland Orzabal gives you another outstanding creative effort 28 mars 2014
Par C. Horton - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
As expected, another great creative project from Roland Orzabal. Those who were already familiar with his work with Tears for Fears, and his efforts as a solo artist (both under the TFF name and under his OWN name) were not disappointed with Roland's debut novel, myself included. Universal themes of uncertainty, death, love lost and found, fear of failure among others, are explored in a easy-paced, and lighthearted novel. The sex is just sexy enough, and the drugs (and wine!) are certainly the cause of many of Solomon's, um... interesting situations as the novel progresses.

And of course, there is opera. As someone who is relatively unfamiliar with opera I took it upon myself to create a playlist of the arias and other songs mentioned in the novel. Anyone who is a fan of Roland's work should certainly be interested in the music he chose to include in his debut novel. Beautiful! Get into it, darlings!

My only issue lies with some of the descriptions of the very very few people of color in this novel. I think I counted two? In a world where things are a lot more fluid and open than they used to be, a world that Roland has surely seen so much of, this was a little disappointing to me. Whenever a new character was introduced, I kept wondering if he or she would be described as having something other than blond hair and blue eyes. But alas it was not to be. Another blond. Ok then! Hypersensitive? Perhaps. I hesitated to mention it, but in the end I thought I'd just be honest. I find it difficult to even discuss my quibbles with the novel because I'm such a huge fan, but I thought it was worth mentioning. Something to keep in mind for the next novel should it ever come to fruition. I do look forward to it.

I also felt that the second half of the novel sort of lurched to a halt. That could partially be my fault, I plowed through the thing like a cornfield on harvesting day because I was so excited to read it. I'm not sure what I was expecting as an ending, but I did feel like the characters of the second half, particularly Samantha, Petra and her daughter were not fully fleshed out. All of a sudden love was in the air and all was right with the world. The end. I only wish I had as beautiful and perfect an ending to my REAL life!

Overall though, a wonderful ride and a great first effort by Roland. Well done! :)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Surprisingly a well told story 27 mars 2014
Par Judy Supersad - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Painting a scene with words can be cumbersome but this author succeeds in drawing you into his world at a surprisingly fast pace.
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