The Poet in Exile: A Novel

Is the lead singer of America s most notorious rock and roll band really buried in Paris Years after the Poet s apparent death, his longtime musical collaborator and friend Roy receives the first of several mysterious postcards bearing cryptic verse, signed only J Trusting his instinct that this is not a hoax, Roy traces the cards to their apparent source a remote islaIs the lead singer of America s most notorious rock and roll band really buried in Paris Years after the Poet s apparent death, his longtime musical collaborator and friend Roy receives the first of several mysterious postcards bearing cryptic verse, signed only J Trusting his instinct that this is not a hoax, Roy traces the cards to their apparent source a remote island in the Indian Ocean There, to his amazement, he is re united with the man once known as the snake man, and hears the remarkable story of his faked death and the rebirth it made possible A happily married man, the father of two children, he has discovered the secret to life and is finally free of the demons that had driven him headlong through the American night Now an enticing question arises Would destiny smile upon the re launch of one of the most influential rock and roll bands in history a narrative that ends with a moment of authentic surprise and heart tugging poignancy Los Angeles Times
The Poet in Exile A Novel Is the lead singer of America s most notorious rock and roll band really buried in Paris Years after the Poet s apparent death his longtime musical collaborator and friend Roy receives the first of s

  • Title: The Poet in Exile: A Novel
  • Author: Ray Manzarek
  • ISBN: 9781560254478
  • Page: 343
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. In The Poet In Exile there are two fictions playing off each other. Both are the fiction that Jim Morrison faked his death in Paris in 1971. Unfortunately, the fictions presented aren’t because of the complexities built into the story by Ray Manzarek. While reading The Poet In Exile it’s hard not to read this either as non-fiction or trying to superimpose The Doors story over a work of fiction. Ray Manzarek, is after, all the keyboardist and along with Jim Morrison founded the rock group, Th [...]

    2. 5 Star rating based solely on fond remembrance, subject to change if/when I go in for a re-read. Originally read this book back in high school, over a decade ago, at the height of my Doors obsession, and I absolutely LOVED it. It was sad, and sweet, I thought it was a nice tribute to Jim, and an intriguing idea. It's been years since I've read it, so most of the details are foggy, but if I ever come across a copy, it will definitely be added to my collection.Copy obtained, yay!

    3. 1 point for angel wearing a Led Zeppelin shirt1 point for believing the jim is not dead theories-1 point for being a little too preachy1 point for the One, we are all God idea

    4. As a fan of artistic failure, I had this book recommended to me for that reason and on that measure, it certainly delivers. I've always questioned my ability to critique writing and it isn't often I find writing to be so obviously bad. 'The Poet In Exile' showed me that I am able to identify truly bad writing after all. It reminded me a lot of half baked stories I would concoct in school with only one or two periods in which to fulfil the task.By the time you reach the end of the book, you will [...]

    5. This book was pretty much one long conversation between Ray Manzarek and what he imagined Jim Morrison would be like if he had faked his death in Paris in 1971 and had been on a spiritual journey and become sober, very wise and mature. It was very romanticized, Ray's longing for what didn't happen, his fantasy of what could have been. It was sad. I started wanting it to end before it did and I guessed the big "surprise ending" the book cover promised before it ever happened. But I'm glad I read [...]

    6. Ray Manzarek gives us a loving and heartwrenching tribute to his former bandmate. This novel is based on the premise "What if Jim Morrison had faked his death back in 1971." What would he have done with himself? Where would he go? How could he remain out of the public eye for 43 years? And, if Ray Manzarek could talk to him today, what would he say? Although the final third of the book gets into the downright metaphysical and esoteric, it is a well-written novel that any Doors fan will love. Non [...]

    7. Ouch. Manzarek was the keyboard player of the Doors, and just can't let go of that period of glory — I'm not sure I could have, either, I suppose. But in this novel, he sketches out his supposition/fantasy that Jim Morrison didn't die in a Paris bathtub, but faked it to escape the bonds of stardom and is now living in island paradise. Please, Ray, move on, if only for yourself. michaelprager/Ray-Manzarek

    8. по-человечески очень понятная книжка, хотя художественно состоятельна не очень, ибо есть не что иное, как акт литературного экзорцизма. вся эзотерика в ней - для _очень_ начинающего уровня, вплоть до того, что попахивает индоктринацией. но вместе с тем, она вполне обаятельна [...]

    9. i actually got to see him in new york- he autographed my books and read from my copy!!! i was in heaven- i got to shake the hand of the legendary keyboardist of the doors. this book fed my fantasy that jim is still alive and living in peace.

    10. I thought the poet in exhale was very good. I was really interested in learning about the fact that Jim morisson might still be alive. The doors is one of my favorite bands and I was not able to put the book down. This book will probably be one of the best books I will ever read.

    11. I enjoyed reading this very much. As cheesy as the story & dialogue may be, it is a beautiful/hopeful fairytale in which the author re-writes his dear friends tragic history. In his mind, Ray is giving Jim the inner peace that he so desperately searched for but never found.

    12. Totally self-indulgent BS! The beginning of this book was somewhat promising, and the end was okay, but the middle was a waste of time. Some of the book sounded eerily similar to Manzarek's previous book.

    13. the concept is great, not so much with the forced imagery, 2 stars for the writing + 4 stars for the content divided by 2 = 3 stars

    14. A Poet (always capitalized) with initial "J" is presumed to have died in Paris until he contacts his Keyboard player, "Roy." Kind of fun in a new-agey way.

    15. i adore this novel but more for its motifs and middles rather than its beginnings and ends. so much wisdom leaks from its pages.

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