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Boy Island

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  50 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Camden Joy, with his inimitable torrent of language, sensation, and sound, tells the picaresque saga of a once-popular rock 'n' roll band as they cross America from California to Virginia, flying below the Mason-Dixon line and the cultural radar in the heady days of early 1991. As the Persian Gulf War escalates in the background, we follow the four band members on solo and ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Quill
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Oct 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Camden Joy is one of my favorite contemporary authors, because one, he really messes up my head. Here's a 'novel' about the band Camper van Beethoven, and one of the characters in the book is the drummer 'Camden Joy.' So he uses real characters in a fictional setting. I think...

Nevertheless this is a great book about band life just as the first Gulf War was taking place. I really like how Joy uses 'rock n' roll' life in his literature.
Sep 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
Great book I checked out from the Cypress Public Library New Books Shelf in 2000 and never read or... the greatest such book? (I haven't watched The Colbert Report in many months so that joke is really pretty sad.)

I keep putting books up here that make Amanda cringe and I don't see any reason to stop. I do love Camper van Beethoven, and Virginia, and Jay Farrar playing pinball, and novels with ensemble casts and awkward shifts in tone in the last 10 pages of books, so rounds of applause for each
Feb 07, 2014 rated it liked it
There is, when it all comes down to it, a great story being told before here, of a time just before grunge took over the musical landscape, and of how bands got by on the road before that. The lack of a solid narrative perspective in all but the last chapter of the book, however, is a total distraction from that story. A quick, entertaining read, but I feel as if a few more editorial passes through it could have improved things greatly.
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