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Horse's Neck Paperback – May 21, 1998
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From Library Journal
``I have never wanted simply to tell my own story. But I have tried here to attend to a wide range of feelings . . . aspects of my struggle to discover what beauty really is,'' says the creative force behind the rock group The Who in the introduction to this strange, compelling collection of poetry and prose. In his quest, Townshend uncovers family, friends, ambition, addiction, infidelity, obsession, and life on the road. References to horses provide a theme that appears to be part obsession, part allegory. Particularly haunting is ``Champagne on the Terraces,'' an insight into alcoholism and family life. In addition to being a sometimes disguised autobiography of a very important figure in rock, this is also intriguing experimental writing packed with vivid imagery. For rock collections and large public libraries, where fans may demand it. Susan Avallone, ``Library Journal''
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Establishes Townshend as a legitimate literary voice." (The Wall Street Journal)
Top customer reviews
"Nothing else in nature behaves so consistently & rigidly as a human being in pursuit of hell."
"Stars are attributed with intelligence they don't have, beauty they haven't worked for, loyalty & love they are incapable of reciprocating, and strength they do not possess. They are treated like a beautiful vase of cut flowers. When wilted, sipmly replaced w/ new blooms."
"His broken heart was unfeeling, like shttered glass in an acid bath."
Perhaps if Townshend had been a prose writer from the beginning, his work would have blossomed like his music writing did. After all, amazingly well-written gems like "The Song is Over" and "The Sea Refuses No River" were proceeded by deservedly less known songs like "I Can't Reach You" and "Faith in Something Bigger." That being said, the feeling here is that Pete would have been better off taking a shot at another concept album rather than writing Horse's Neck.
However, many of these stories are touching,particulcarly 'Champagne on the Terraces' The writing is at times poetic, the themes are fascinating, and if it had sold, maybe we would get to read more of his prose.
The rap against Pete Townshend ahs always been pretentiousness, but with the execption of the title story, there's a shocking lack of that here. I recommend this book highly.