- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 31, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1519124791
- ISBN-13: 978-1519124791
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,362,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story follows Hobo John, a recent widower who is dying of stomach cancer. He meets the mysterious Fat Man in a bar in Clarksdale. The Fat Man offers hobo John a deal – he will cure his cancer if hobo John agrees to work for him, recording blues artists in an afterlife set in 1930s Mississippi. What follows is a romp through the heart and home of the Delta Blues era, with supernatural, Faustian details cleverly woven into an historical narrative.
Although, as I said, I am not a major blues fan, it is clear the author is – a love for the material shines through the storyline and made me, as a casual reader, eager to find out more about the era, and look up the artists mentioned. I am sure a fan of the music would pick up far more references than I did, the writer is skilled at taking real life anecdote and mixing it with a hint of myth and a healthy dose of narrative to weave into a tightly paced , fast moving tale that kept me reading on. I fell in love with so many characters along the way that this review would run on far too long if I were to mention them all, but special mention has to be made of the mysterious Gabel, brave and feisty Stella and Travellin’ Man, who stole my heart completely. I have heard rumours of a sequel to Fat Man Blues, and I hope that he appears in it.
Some people man struggle to settle into the writing style, but I very much enjoyed it. I’m not always a fan of dialogue written in accent and dialect but in this particular case it immersed me in the story and enhanced the whole experience for me, drawing me in and keeping me right there in 1930s Mississippi with Hobo John.
Blues fans will love this book, but I’m proof you don’t need to have any knowledge of the music to enjoy this story. Anyone who like gritty historical realism with a sprinkling of the mythological will love this book. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel to come out soon.
This was my first time that I’ve read a book by this author, Richard Wall. He had me hooked from the very beginning. His character development, to descriptions of the places in the Mississippi was on point. I felt as if I were there as I read each page. The main character, Hobo John, living with knowing each day would be his last, takes on the Fat Man to discover and record the original Blues. I have hope that this is the first in a series and that Hobo John figures out how to return…
Fat Man Blues is a gripping journey, which kept me sitting on the edge of my seat guessing what would happen next to Hobo John. So, go ahead and click on add to cart! Enjoy! Thanks to Richard Wall for writing a gripping tale of Hobo John’s journey and what an adventure into the Mississippi Delta Blues… and inspired my new adventures into the Mississippi Delta Landscape and into the Blues!