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The Music Stops and the Waltz Continues

By (author) David G. Smith
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Publishing, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Published: 31st Oct 1983
Dimensions: w 130mm h 190mm
Weight: 199g
ISBN-10: 0701127228
ISBN-13: 9780701127220
Barcode No: 9780701127220

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Edinburgh-born Smith devotes his first novel to a self-indulgent stab at a comic, autobiographical portrait-of-the-artist-as-a-young-Don-Juan - with only the most mild and spotty amusement as a result. His narrator-protagonist is called David (of course) - and he's the sort of feckless and bland protagonist that only an autobiographical first-novelist could put up with for some 250 pages. Brought out of a Scots boyhood and teenage vagabondage (shared with best pal Marcel MacMarshall), young David discovers the un-neat charms of bohemian promiscuity with Suzanne, the wife of a free-loving doctor. Then he has some dealings - chiefly epistolary - with a Bolognese girl, Clorinda. A time in Amsterdam, with weird, freaked-out friends, follows; then a London business venture (roofing) with a young woman known as "The Countess." Between-times, David has opportunity to establish his first great affair, "a molten weld," with a woman named Lyoshka. And so on. But since David (and author Smith) seems to give no individual inflection either to the separate women or to his feelings about them, this hardly makes for Don Giovanni. It's more like a romance scrapbook - only for members of the family or the most totally undiscriminating Anglophiles. (Kirkus Reviews)