A Fine Ending by Louis RastelliA Fine Ending by Louis Rastelli

A Fine Ending

byLouis Rastelli

Paperback | October 15, 2007

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In his powerful debut novel, Louis Rastelli presents the story of a twentysomething struggling musician who drifts through Montreal's music scene. It's the end of the nineties, the end of the 20th century, and the end of an era in the city's Plateau / Mile End district. Rastelli spins spontaneous tales of the artists and musicians, drunks and junkies, and punks and yuppies made neighbours by gentrification.
Louis Rastelli's first published work was in the form of music reviews and interviews written for local alternative magazines when he was sixteen. He began publishing Fish Piss Magazine in 1996, an irregular compendium of local writing and art named "Canada's best zine" by Broken Pencil Magazine. His writing has also appeared in Vice, ...
Title:A Fine EndingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.82 inPublished:October 15, 2007Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1897178492

ISBN - 13:9781897178492


Rated 4 out of 5 by from It peaks the interest. Cleverly mundane, it's sure to at least make you curious.
Date published: 2017-01-21
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Date published: 2010-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great reviews so far From the Montreal Gazette, Dec. 23 2007: "Although Louis Rastelli's A Fine Ending is written in a smooth, flowing style reminiscent of J.D. Salinger or Jacques Poulin, that doesn't fully explain the novel's appeal, which is voyeuristic as well as literary... His unique, insider perspective and matter-of-fact voice are the real draws in this warm-hearted account of an artistic community's defining years." From the Montreal Review of Books: "Louis Rastelli was very much a part of the Montreal Plateau scene in the '90s, that recession era that encompassed the Referendum and the Ice Storm and culminated, or fizzled out, with Y2K. And he was definitely taking notes. The result, part elegy, part celebration, part parallel-universe Friends, is A Fine Ending. It's an episodically structured novel whose charms may take some time to make themselves felt but whose parts eventually coalesce into a vivid, funny, and touching record of a unique time and place." From the Montreal Hour: "A Fine Ending is exactly that, an untroubled immortalization of a bygone era in the Montreal underground. There is something undeniably compelling in the openness and innocence of the telling, in the largely non-subjective subjectivity. We feel safe in his story, and therein lies the draw - whatever the faults, A Fine Ending offers a comfy barstool perspective on the times, a cold beer and good company, and that's always hard to pass up." From the Concordia Link: "Rastelli's lamplight anecdotes really fulfilled the longtime hunger I've had for genuine Montreal affected prose. His pre-Y2K musings were hopeful for the future of a city where we continue to fight against entrenched cynicism. Whether he's talking about late nights at the Miami Bar, toeing off with junkie roommates, nursing sick kittens back to health in the corner of his darkened apartment, vodka and orange juice-tinged apartment church services, soul sucking nights at Foufounes, or surreal group viewings of found 8mm home videos, he does it with no special bravado, just his singular, humble voice."
Date published: 2007-12-26