Challenging. That is probably the best way that I can describe The Book of Luce. I imagine that its a bit like reading a biography of a musician while you are on an acid trip. The story weaves and winds as a journalist – known only to us under a pseudonym of Chimera Obscura – follows a trail of metaphoric breadcrumbs that lead to a life-altering and conscious-expanding Luce and the Photons gig in a derelict building.
Luce is a mysterious figure, sometimes male but mostly female, smoker of strong French cigarettes and keeper of secrets. A character who has played a seminal role in modern music influencing key artists like David Bowie.
On paper, it sounded like the type of book that I would absolutely love but in reality I found it a little too difficult to be enjoyable. The story moves around a timeline that is often difficult to follow and some readers may find the drug induced haze a little too much to bear. This is a book that you will either love or hate. For me I edged towards the latter. It is a meaty read as well so you need to be prepared to invest a fair amount of time to the enigmatic and mysterious Luce.
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UK Publication Date: Aug 10 2017. 560 pages.
Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.