A brilliantly clever, comic novel about love in middle-age by an American master.
Goofy and elegaic, intricately patterned and moving
Baker's endearingly comedic, covertly philosophical love story mischievously celebrates song and silence, steadfastness and loving-kindness
The book is a delight: funny, tender and endearingly bonkers. A lesser writer dealing with a hapless, guitar-plucking, cigar-puffing poet on the slide in his fifties would be tempted to shovel trouble at him for comic or emotional effect. Baker does the opposite, imbuing Chowder not only with a feverish intellectual curiosity but with a generosity of spirit...Baker has a strange and interesting mind, and a life-enhancing wit to go with it. Travelling Sprinkler sees him at the top of his form.
He once again shows he's a master of gentle, obsessively detailed comedy. Terrific.
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