South of the Pumphouse

South of the Pumphouse A dark clever tale of two brothers a fishing trip drugs and murder this novel skillfully combines classic motifs of epic struggle and intelligent layers of imagery reminiscent of The Old Man and

  • Title: South of the Pumphouse
  • Author: Les Claypool
  • ISBN: 9781933354064
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Paperback
  • A dark, clever tale of two brothers, a fishing trip, drugs, and murder, this novel skillfully combines classic motifs of epic struggle and intelligent layers of imagery, reminiscent of The Old Man and the Sea, and the raw, tweaked perspective of a Hunter S Thompson novel.Les Claypool established himself as the most original rock bassist in the 1990s, as front man for theA dark, clever tale of two brothers, a fishing trip, drugs, and murder, this novel skillfully combines classic motifs of epic struggle and intelligent layers of imagery, reminiscent of The Old Man and the Sea, and the raw, tweaked perspective of a Hunter S Thompson novel.Les Claypool established himself as the most original rock bassist in the 1990s, as front man for the hit band Primus They toured the world with groups like Jane s Addiction, Public Enemy, and U2 Claypool penned the theme song to TV s South Park, and has guested on albums by many other artists, including Jerry Cantrell and Tom Waits.

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    1. Les Claypool

      Leslie Edward Les Claypool is a musician, best known as the bassist in the band Primus Claypool s funky, creative playing style on the electric bass mixes finger tapping, flamenco like strumming, a Larry Graham like slap technique, and Geddy Lee influences He is a multi instrumentalist, novelist, music producer, actor, and film director.Claypool has also self produced and engineered his solo releases from his own studio Rancho Relaxo Les got the studio s name from a joke in an episode of The Simpsons 2006 saw the release of a full length feature film Electric Apricot written and directed by Claypool as well as a debut novel South of the Pumphouse.


    1. No one read South of the Pumphouse for any reason besides that fact that Les Claypool penned it. However, for those of us who did read it just to get a take a ride in the mind of Claypool, I think it was well worth the trip. Well, it certainly was for me. Was it Thompson-esque as the description promised? Hardly. Was it a piercing, dark satire? Here and there. Was it entertaining, clever, and, above all, any good? Yes, yes, and yes (especially for a man who is not a writer by profession). The pr [...]

    2. This is bassist Les Claypool's first novel. It is set in the East Bay, mostly in the lovely slow town of El Sobrante, and some in Berkeley. The story is about a couple of local brothers and a fishing trip they take after their father passes on.I thought that the characters were fairly dead-on. Many of the places where things take place are within a 5 mile radius of my house. So it was easy for me to follow them around town, to the local fishing haunts and to the local Shell gas station down the [...]

    3. Remember when you heard that quote about how the Rock Bottom Remainders play music as well as Metallica writes books? Well, this is a book that shows that a musician can also be a pretty decent writer and be taken seriously. According to Les, this book was written in 1994 and was something he kept stored away for a number of years. The story is very clever; the story revolves around a man who takes a fishing trip with his brother that leads to an act of murder. This Hemingway inspired combinatio [...]

    4. Am I crazy to find Les Claypool sexy for writing a book like this? I have always wanted to write a book about El Sobrante, having grown up in a town just ten to fifteen minutes from it, and having two cousins who were raised there. I think I lived in El Sobrante in a past life. I've always felt this deep connection to it. I got a kick out of the references to the local spots like El Rancho and the San Pablo Reservoirwhere, in fact, *I* went fishing with *my* father as a child. I devoured the boo [...]

    5. What a very cool, interesting first book. I honestly hope he writes more.The story is simple and shows that even the oddest things can happen to ordinary people and one hitch in every day chain of events can change your life. I think the writing flowed very well, kept you interested and wanting to keep reading. The ending is something you would never expect, which is always nice and there is a leeson to be learned there also . . very cool - write some more Les Claypool!

    6. This book is about three things: Farting, fishing and doing drugs. That being said - I expected a lot more from a book about those things, especially one written by Les Claypool.

    7. I don't know where to start. Well, fist off, Les Claypool is a fairly darn good writer and if he's got any more books out there or in the works, I want to read them. How do you describe this book? Noir? Horror? Human horror? Two brothers who haven't seen each other in years plan a fishing trip after the passing of their father. Unfortunate circumstances occur and the older brother's friend, who tormented the younger brother all throughout their adolescence decides to come along. No spoilers here [...]

    8. I'd been meaning to give this 'ere book a read for a while now, but it went by completely forgotten in the crazy year of reading that was '09. Now I've finally read the damn thing, and I feel I wasn't missin' much. Its got its charms, but its not a terribly well-written story. And while the climax is not only surprising and thrilling, the ending manages to cheapen it with a silly twist so obvious I made the mistake of assuming it couldn't possibly be the way the book ends. But this is a book by [...]

    9. A dark, clever tale of two brothers, a fishing tip, misconceptions, drugs and murder, South of the Pumphouse skillfully combines classic motifs of epic struggle and intelligent layers of imagery. Like Les Claypool's music, the material is innovative, highly independent and excruciatingly though provoking.We met Les Claypool when he visited the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver. You can listen to him talk about South of the Pumphouse here:authorsontourlive/?p=90

    10. if you're a big Les fan like me, you can hear the soundtrack as you read. this book shares a universe with the stories straight out of the lyrics of Primus and all of Les' various side projects. The book doesn't miss a beat.i really want Les to write more. a mind like his is fascinating.

    11. Very good story for a debut into the novelisting genre. Claypool always spun a good yarn in his songs, it's great to see that he has conquered yet another aspect of arts and entertainment. I'm hoping he'll be Emperor of California one day. That would be nice. He would be a generous ruler.

    12. decent effort. glad i read it-- about the tone i expected from old les. like much of his music it was lacking in depth and beauty. unlike much of his music there wasn't enough style, fun, or inventiveness so that you didn't care.

    13. temevo il peggio, temevo un libro pubblicato giusto perchè l'autore è -sia pure in un altro campo che non la letteratura- famoso e poteva garantire un buon numero di copie vendute.mi sono imbattuto nella migliore delle ipotesi: una versione sione letteraria dei personaggi delle canzoni del buon les. come in quei brani i personaggi sono quasi dei freak (sia i rozzi earl e donny, sia pure il mite ed) che in una situazione altrimenti normale -una battuta di pesca: vecchia ossessione dai tempi di [...]

    14. I know nothing about Les Claypool, and read this at the whim of a friend. This book is exactly as long as it needs to be, but that isn't a criticism. A short, oddball journey. I did not relish it, but I did find myself oddly hypnotized as I read it. For fans dying for an insight into Claypool, this will be a worthy entry. For the curious, a decent read.

    15. A quick read but a slow burn. Claypool does a great job of setting the scene for a tense day on the water that culminates in a gleefully ironic twist.

    16. The good news is that I made it through this book and didn't chuck it out the window. The bad news is that it was a struggle. I like Primus and Les Claypool, but I didn't go into this book with high hopes of him having some literary chops, someone who can impress with his abilities as a wordsmith to twist a sentence and build a scene to the great heights as someone who only writes for a living (or even someone like Nick Cave). Even still, what shitty writing. This short novel about two brothers [...]

    17. Les Claypool is one of the greatest bassists to ever live. He's one of my very favorite acts to see live, and I adore his music. His prose however, not so great. I feel like the story he told would have been better as one of his on-stage narratives that are always wildly entertaining. In book form however, it loses its punch. He makes a valiant effort to describe tripping on mushrooms, but that's kind of one of those things that's beyond words. Or at least not something you can capture in drawn [...]

    18. If this novella weren't written by Les Claypool, I wouldn't probably have read this. But I sure am glad that I did. This novella has the single most important thing that you would ask from a story teller - to keep you hooked through out. I was particularly charmed by Claypool's ability to weave in a few seemingly irrelevant tales in the main plot line but still keep the narrative so entertaining and on track.Coming to the story itself,it is about two brothers who go on a fishing trip with the el [...]

    19. A fun, quirky journey into the land of Sturgeon fishing, drugs and the folly of man.Fast and unfussy in its style, it tells a tale much like a fisherman would; warts and all.Its not high art. No award winning prose here. In fact the one 'sex scene' is probably the most asexual, clunky and awkward piece of writing I've stumbled over in a good while. Its not perfect, no. But there is something about a culture in decline that Mr Claypool chronicles very well here. Things break, people die and nothi [...]

    20. this book is pretty good. it is defantily not for the imature and or faint of heart. it uses colorfull launguge through out and occasanlilly is straight up not for children. that being said, the book is really good. claypool is one of my favorite muscians and thats the actual reason i choose this book. it is about brotheres who go fishing but things dont go as planned. at all. it dealls with drugs, rasicm, crime, change in your world and so muchmore. if maturity is not a problem this book is gre [...]

    21. I picked this book up initially because it's written by the bassist of Primus. Also Les Claypool is a Bay Area local, having grown up in the East Bay. It's his first novel and he keeps the topic close to home writing about fishing for sturgeon in San Pablo Bay. It's a quick read, has some naughty words, drug use, violence, and adult aka sexual situations. Not for kids. I think his next story can be better, he's good with adjectives, but could use more metaphors.

    22. Although it is a relatively quick read, the majority of the book is simply a build up to an incredibly quick and unsatisfying climax. In some places, it even tries too hard to sound like a Stephen King novel. Overall, the book felt like it didn't really go anywhere, and could have been further developed for another 100 pages or so. Not a bad way to pass the time, but not a book I would recommend to anyone.

    23. Happened on this on the shelf at the library - had no idea that Les Claypool had written a book. Turned out this was pretty enjoyable - crude, profane and immoral, but enjoyable. Claypool writes fairly eruditely about a young father revisiting the small town he grew up in for a fishing trip with his brother. Drugs are taken, things go badly, fish aren't caught. Decent little twist at the end.

    24. A fast and somewhat entertaining read. It is fun to read as a Primus/Claypool fan to catch all of the references from songs like De Anza, El Sobrante, 100 lb sturgeons on 20 lb test, San Pablo Bay, fishing, meth, shrooms and everything else one would expect from Claypool. I wonder how much of this story Les really experienced.

    25. For a first attempt, this was a pretty good story. Not great, but it has all the elements so near and dear to Les Claypool's heart: The East Bay, sturgeon fishing, strained family relations, and psychedelic drugs. Oh, and speed. It's pretty short, too, so you don't have to make a huge commitment to get through it.

    26. For what it was, I thought it was great. I mean, Les is no novelist. I think he came up with a really good story and just wanted to get it out on paper. Could someone else have written it better? maybe. It was still a good read in my opinion.

    27. Les Claypool is a great musician, and it's obvious that he's been working on his bass chops more than his prose. The story is actually pretty good but the writing is pretty bad. It gets extra points for being set in the East Bay. PRIMUS!

    28. Weird and not that complex of a story. But it held my attention to the end and it seems to be an accurate depiction of the contrast between the East Bay and San Francisco community and everyone on the other side of the hill.

    29. What if a Primus song were a book? A bunch of weird kinda gross guys go on a fishing trip (right near where I live nowadays, incidentally). Whatever. Pretty smart, a little too wordy, kind of annoying, ultimately compelling enough to finish. Blah.

    30. Sometimes, you find a book for a dollar at the Goodwill, and you say hey! That's Les Claypool, and I kinda dig his music and he comes off as reasonably intelligent in his interviews, maybe he writes a good book! Maybe he does write a good book. This wasn't it, though.

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