Music for Love or War by Martyn BurkeMusic for Love or War by Martyn Burke

Music for Love or War

byMartyn Burke

Paperback | April 8, 2015

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“According to what we’ve been told, the source of all knowledge is somewhere just south of Sunset Boulevard. The problem is that Danny has lost the address.”

So begins Martyn Burke’s tragi-comic novel of love and war. Danny, a Canadian sharp-shooter, and Hank, in the US Army, have been stationed in Kandahar, but they are in Los Angeles desperate to find the Hollywood psychic who will reveal the whereabouts of the women they love. Danny is searching for Ariana, the girl he fell in love with in Toronto in the last years of the 20th century; Hank is searching for Annie Boudreau, known in the tabloids as “Annie of the Boo Two” — twins who were briefly in the gravitational pull of Hugh Hefner.

From Grenadier Pond in west end Toronto, to Afghanistan, to the Malibu colony in LA, the novel follows these moments in the lives of Danny and Hank, revealed by a masterful storyteller and commentator on American culture. When in the mountains of Kandahar, Danny and Hank torture the members of al Qaeda and the Taliban with the music and a larger-than-life-size cardboard reproduction of Liberace in satin short shorts, high-kicking as if on Broadway.

Music for Love or War entertains and informs as few other Canadian novels can.

Martyn Burke's previous novels include Laughing War, The Commissar's Report, Ivory Joe, Tiara, The Shelling of Beverly Hills, and The Truth About the Night. He is also a documentary film maker, whose Under Fire: Journalists in Combat won a Peabody Award in 2013. He has written extensively for film and television, most notably as writer...
Title:Music for Love or WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.55 × 5.65 × 0.75 inPublished:April 8, 2015Publisher:Cormorant BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1770864288

ISBN - 13:9781770864283

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! This novel is first and foremost a beautiful love story without any saccharine sweetness. The plot is timely and is masterfully composed. It is so compelling that it I couldn't put it down, and then lamented that I had finished the book too quickly. I miss the characters already. Burke led me on a fantastic tour of Afghanistan that had many twists and turns and then finally left me to wonder....who could have ever imagined Liberace as a war hero? This is a wonderful book!
Date published: 2015-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A compelling, witty and moving novel. I've actually not read anything like this book. I was drawn right into this wonderfully offbeat story of two guys, Hank and Danny, who meet in Afghanistan and whose respective fates intersect as they both search for their lost loves. But there is more connecting the two protagonists and Burke's exploration of their friendship is hilarious and then, finally, poignant. A testament to Burke's formidable storytelling skill is the way in which the book's tone changes from comic to tragic without skipping a beat or losing the reader. Also, Burke clearly knows Afghanistan well and his depictions of the terrain, customs and tribal society are fascinating and enlightening. A great read!
Date published: 2015-04-13