[BOOKS] ✸ Lola Bensky By Lily Brett – Motyourdrive.co.uk



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  1. says:

    WILL THE MOON STILL HANG IN THE SKY WHEN I DIE Il gioco di rimandi intenso fin dalla copertina l autrice ha nome e cognome brevi e con le stesse iniziali del personaggio che intitola il romanzo, tanto che si tende a confonderle.Il percorso esistenziale di Lola molto simile a quello di Lily che scrive entrambe figlie di ebrei sopravvissuti ad Auschwitz, entrambe nate in Germania in un campo profughi subito dopo la fine della guerra, entrambe trasferite in Australia in tenerissima et , entrambe giornaliste musicali durante gli anni della swinging London e del festival di Monterey, entrambe trasferite dall Australia a New York insieme a un marito pittore, entrambe giornaliste prima e scrittrici poi anche Lola scrive romanzi a un certo punto della sua vita e la sua protagonista, soprannominata con l acronimo Pimp, si sposa pi volte e combatte per tutta la vita con il suo essere ebrea, proprio come Lola e Lily.Con Jimi Hendrix Lola parla di permanente, bigodini, capelli stirati e lager nazisti.Lola incontra Jimi Hendrix, sensuale e selvaggio ma molto educato, a detta di Brian Jones il migliore chitarrista del mondo, e insieme parlano di permanente bigodini capelli stirati e lager nazisti Va a intervistare a casa Mick Jagger, anche lui molto gentile ed educato, molto ordinato e borghese, per niente ribelle, e Mick le prepara il t e le presenta Paul McCartney.A Monterey si siede in platea accanto a Janis Joplin e diventano amiche, mentre sul palco suonano i Canned Heat, Otis Redding, l aeroplano Jefferson con le magiche voci di Grace Slick e Marty Balin, loro parlano di infanzie difficili e macchine da cucire Singer nere coi fregi in giallo oro.Jim Morrison invece si prende molto sul serio, pieno di cose che gli danno fastidio, mette a disagio, e i Doors lasciano Lola fredda.Pete Townshend sgradevole e maleducato.Brian Jones sempre fatto o strafatto.Mick Jagger, molto gentile ed educato, ordinato e borghese, per niente ribelle, le offre il t e le presenta Paul McCartney.Lola ha problemi di peso, ossessionata dalle diete, ne programma e progetta di nuove ogni giorno, ma non le porta mai a termine.Per , bella anche grassa, piace, gli uomini rimangono colpiti da lei, anche se lei non per nulla colpita da se stessa La colpisce pi sua madre e quando la donna muore la figlia non smette di pensarla.Dopo i quarant anni comincer a calare di peso ma non per effetto delle diete, e a sessantatre anni qualcuno le chieder se sempre stata magra.Al Festival di Monterey Lola e Janis si conoscono perch sono sedute fianco a fianco, parlano di infanzie difficili e macchine da cucire Singer nere coi fregi in giallo oro.Fino a venticinque anni impavida, capace di fare tutto e andare dappertutto Poi, inizia a sdraiarsi su un lettino psicanalitico, ad avere terapeuti dell anima in pi citt , e a cinquantadue non fa che porre limiti a se stessa, paralizzata dagli attacchi di panico, chimica sotto forma di pillole per superarli, niente pi metropolitana, al cinema e teatro solo seduta accanto al corridoio o le uscite, diventata agorafobica e ipocondriaca.Lola pensa che Jim Morrison si prenda troppo seriamente, pieno di idiosincrasie, mette a disagio l intervistatrice E comunque, i Doors la lasciano fredda.Lola ebrea e parla yiddish, molto ebrea ma non praticante, i suoi genitori dopo Auschwitz non riescono a credere in nessun dio e irridono i credenti, crescono la figlia lontano da sinagoga e shabbat Ma Lola sa riconoscere al volo gli ebrei, pensa molto all essere ebreo, ci riflette in modo che fa davvero sorridere, al punto che Woody Allen sembra sprovveduto sull argomento Sente di non avere diritto di vivere la sua vita se non rimette in scena il mondo caotico e psicotico dei campi di concentramento, trasformando l umiliazione, la vergogna e il senso di colpa del padre e della madre nella vittoria contro gli oppressori nazisti, analogamente a quello che avviene nei suoi sogni ricorrenti in cui salva una persona dopo un incidente d auto.Durante le interviste e gli incontri con le rock star non riesce a trattenersi dal raccontare la storia dei suoi genitori, inclusi dettagli tremendi macabri, riesce per a farlo senza seminare orrore e depressione intorno.Lola trova Pete Townshend sgradevole e maleducato.Lily Brett racconta facendo sorridere e divertire, e crea un personaggio unico dotato di profonda comprensione dell animo umano Will the moon still hang in the sky when I die Certo che s , Marty, la luna rimarr in cielo anche dopo che tu non ci sarai pi , ci rester qualunque cosa accada.Lily Brett intervista Cliff Richard a Londra nel 1967.


  2. says:

    As a brunette, fringed 19 year old music fanatic, I presumed this book would tick all of my boxes Sadly, I was quite wrong I hate to write negative reviews esp of Australian authors but I have to be honest and say that I really don t like Brett s writing Not one bit This novel is about a young woman interviewing some of the world s biggest and best musicians at the height beginning of their fame Sounds great, but her voice comes across as clunky, detached and basic and I struggled to connect to Lola Bensky at all As a young interviewer, I found her quite boring Apparently, Lily Brett was a rock journalist around the era she writes, but she fails to show any real knowledge of the music industry beyond how the public have been known to perceive a certain musician And, as a guitarist myself, I cringed at her cliched and flat descriptions of Jimi Hendrix and especially Lola s far from realist interviews with Jagger and Townsend Her language is a little basic and jarred and she writes about music with no passion, feeling or flair I really wanted to love it, but I was left really disappointed with this book


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    This started off well Initially I quite enjoyed it The interviews with the celebrities were interesting and I figured since Lily was herself a journalist, maybe they were based on real ones Having read some of the other reviews for this, it seems that this is not the case and they are fictional I am a little too young to know most of them, but had of course heard of the majority I enjoyed what I thought was an insight into them.The main problem I had was that we don t really get to know Lola very well She seems to have no personality, interests or thoughts, apart from worrying about her weight It s never explained how or why she becomes a music journalist She does not seem to be a music fan or have any interest in it or anything else I can t imagine who would have employed her for that job Much is made about how few jobs there were for women in music Lola has nothing that makes her stand out, except her weight, and I can t imagine that being a plus in such sexist times The book steers off halfway through to where Lola is married to an ex rock star and has children The husband is not faithful to Lola, dating back before the wedding I could not understand why she would want to marry him We never learn the husband or the kids names, or the name of her next partner They seem irrelevant and so does Lola She has no backbone and life just seems to happen to her I can t figure out if she s poorly written, or just the most boring character ever written Lola is the daughter of parents who survived a concentration camp It is horrible, and I understand or at least can empathise the horror of that in your background, all other family members dead and your mother highly critical of you There is a lot in here about that, and how it has shaped Lola I pitied her, and her parents, but it felt to me like a totally different story than the one about a 60 s rock journalist Not necessarily one that was overly hinted at on the sleeve of the book, or that I would like to read I have gathered from reading reviews here that most of Lily Brett s books cover this, as this is in her own past It s a very sad and horrible thing that happened, but I have to say this will be my first and last Lily Brett It s not a subject I want to keep revisiting I m glad it s represented in books and hope it never happens again, but I sure don t wish to read the same character and situation over and over I probably would have liked this if Lola wasn t so blah.


  4. says:

    I only gave this book 2 stars because its written about an era and a community of musicians that I adore The writing itself is fairly good but the character of Lola Bensky is dull, indecisive, annoying,self loathing, green, unintelligent, unconfident, unconvincing, ignorant and woeful.I feel that Lily Brett has tried to re imagine something along the lines of Kerouac s On The Road, from a meek Australian female perspective, and failed miserably.Throw in some graphic depictions of world war two attrocities, constant complaints and sympathy seeking from Lola about being fat, being a child of an Auschwitz survivor and not being good enough for anything and you have 267 pages of drivel Brett s ability to develop strong female characters is non existant and to see a character like this making it into popular culture is both disturbing and counter productive As a fan of this genre and era of music I was ecstatic that an Australian rock journalist character had been created who would venture into the murky depths of 60s and 70s rock, especially since, with the exception of Janis Joplin, Lillian Roxon and Linda Eastman it really was a mans world Reading Lola Bensky was like having the testosterone of every one of those arrogant rock men rammed down my throat and then suffering severe indigestion later on The depiction of some of rocks greatest ever talents like Jim Morrison, Brian Jones, Sonny Bono and Mama Cass was not only offensive to read, but is offensive to the memory of every single one of them The only people given a favourable part in Lola s story were Mick Jagger, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and eventually Cher.Brett gave Lola an obsession with death and the book concludes with a reeling off of the list of dead rock stars along with quotes from their autopsy reports.This book is about jewishness, is a platform for obsessing over death, poor body image and cold parental relationships it is chick lit, drama and every annoying thing you could possibly think of all bound together in a piece of very Warhol ish cover art Don t let your daughters read this book, and don t read it if your a fan of 60s and 70s rock, just don t read it Its just too derogatory and ill informed Lily Brett should be ashamed of herself for having let the world see this paginated piece of literary garbage.


  5. says:

    I m disappointed to say that I have nothing good to say about this book Why would anyone want to read a book about a woman who, rather than talk about her incredibly interesting career or her travels or the amazing people that she has interviewed and hung out with, chooses instead to write about how fat her thighs are Lola doesn t seem to have any passion for music, or anything really It s almost as if she just stumbled into the music industry Her mother is so hateful that I didn t even have any sympathy for her being an Auschwitz survivor now that takes some talent The writing style is stilted, the main character is a twit, the plot ismissing.


  6. says:

    I can t say I enjoyed this very much A made up journo having made up conversations with famous rock stars hold tick all the boxes, but all Lola does is obsess over false eyelashes, WWII atrocities and diets The middle of the book inexplicably zoomed far into the future for no discernible reason, then again bafflingly back to the 60 s for some of the conclusion Reading this book in Lola s narrative is like a monotonous, muffled ongoing noise that you can t quite figure out.


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    D un c t , j ai ador l ambiance rocknroll du roman, la folie des ann es 60, la nouvelle sc ne, les exc s, le glamour, la libert C est carr ment exaltant Par contre, Lola Bensky n est pas une rigolote complex e et triste comme un bonnet de nuit, on la sent davantage simple spectatrice et englu e dans ses probl mes Au final, j ai un peu mis de c t la part confidentielle de Lola Bensky pour me consacrer son travail et aux l gendes incarn es Pour a, rien que pour a, j ai beaucoup aim ce roman Sensation grisante d avoir voyag dans le temps et d avoir touch les toiles.


  8. says:

    Whatever became of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich They had been long gone from my grey matter until Lily Brett s book bought back a memory of forty plus years ago For a nano second, despite their ridiculous appellation based on the member s nicknames, they were the hottest band on the planet with monster hits such as The Legend of Xanadu and Bend It the latter being banned in the Bible Belt for its saucy lyrics In my formative years of musical appreciation I d purchased these two singles on 45rpm that s how far back in the mists of time all this was and for a while they had high rotation on whatever primitive music machine I was using at the time To quench my Brett induced curiosity I went to Wikipedia and found their moment in the sun was indeed brief They reformed several times to work the nostalgia circuit, and I discovered that their lead man had recently passed away Before he achieved fame Dave Dee was a policeman, and trivia alert had attended the car accident that took the life of 50 s rocker Eddie Cochran, and almost that of his good mate Gene Vincent Dee had found Eddie s guitar and looked after it till the family claimed it so he was obviously well suited to his post fame career in law.Needless to say, the 60s was a great time to enjoy one s teenagerhood living through a revolution in popular music, and it all came thundering back reading Lola Bensky Brett s heroine s adventures in popdom carries the novel , although it is about so much The titular protagonist s time in Swinging London, LA and Monterrey, as a rock journalist was, for this reader, the offering s highlight, bookending the middle chapters that outlined Lola s later life as novelist and wife The author herself worked the same beat for iconic Aussie mag Go Set , my musical bible way back when Lily presumably met the same pop legends as Lola both LBs get it , so one would think there s a fair amount of faction here It would be lovely to think these luminaries were much as they were painted in this work for, apart from Jim Morrison, they leave a largely favourable impression Sadly most of them, after burning so brightly, were snuffed out by the usual suspects besetting the creative What would Brian, Otis, Mama, Jimi, Janis, even the Lizard King himself, gone on to achieve or not Brett s roll call at the end, although a well trodden path, still remains powerfully poignant Above it all loomed Sir Mick, and his ultimately knowing glance across the table to Lola in the final paragraphs says it all Lola Bensky is much that a paen to those golden times In this mix is Lola Lily s jewishness and the pall of the death camps There is much on body issues and here I discovered Mama Cass terminal ham sandwich is myth and we even have a novel within a novel There is parental homage and a quandary involving false eyelashes and Cher Brett s writing of it all is as masterful, as we have come to expect, with the tone it creates With music at the centre of my being though, I was disappointed when she moved away from this aspect after the opening chapters, and delighted when she returned to the summer of love in ending.I was saddened to miss Lily s book launch in Hobart, but gratified that she graciously signed my copy of Lola in my absence It was reported to me as a magic event, with Lily s warmth and care for her readers palpable throughout In the same way we feel her love for the characters peopling her novel, real and imagined For a few short months over one northern summer it did feel we were onto something special Then came Altamont, the moment was lost and it all faded away The spirit of those times has never been recaptured Pity that.


  9. says:

    While it took me a little while to adapt to Lily Brett s writing style, ultimately I was fully engaged with the character of Lola Bensky A little than based on her own experience as a rock journalist in the 1960s, Brett imbues Lola with wonderful warmth, humour and her self effacing attitude is very endearing Of course, the entree into the personal world of the 60s Rock Greats adds to the interest of this novel, but than that, it is Lola s inner turmoil as she tries to come to grips with being the daughter of Holocaust survivors that is written with most effect In an interview Brett was asked if she was ever in awe of the Legends she interviewed She replied, When your parents were in the Concentration camps of Auschwitz it s hard to be in awe of a Rock Star paraphrase This book will have wide appeal, to those who just like a good story, to those who remember or are fascinated by the hype of the Rock Gods of the 60s, to those who appreciate the psychological and physical displacement for survivors of atrocities and for their children, and for those who can appreciate the humour embedded in this novel To my shame I have not read any of Brett s previous works, but I will definitely rectify that now.


  10. says:

    For someone who claims to have music journalism experience, they might have wanted to do a little research into the life and times of swingin London in the 60s The depictions of these characters feel like Brett researched them once or twice on Wikipedia for anyone with the slightest bit of musical knowledge or love of rock n roll, this story is insulting Does the author really think this is believable Is the target audience young teenagers Does every move that Lola a most narcissistic, dull, self deprecating character makes need to be explained As if the reader is so unintelligent that nothing can be implied Brett writes as if we know nothing about basic history,or for that matter basic writing Is this the work of a clever storyteller No depth, no intrigue, no empathy I have to wonder what would implore a writer to not only brave depicting real life people some of whom still live to read this but to also depict them as half wits A most annoying, uninteresting read.


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