ComicsChildrenHumorFitnessReferenceITLawCookingHobbiesTeachingSelf-HelpPhotoFantasyHistoryTestsCalendarsFictionLGBTTeenagersTransportMemorisMedicineMysteryRelationshipsPoliticsBusinessSpiritualityRomanceBiblesMathSportTravelOtherNo category
» » Love Songs
Love Songs e-book


Lawrence Sanders






Thrillers & Suspense

ePub size:

1821 kb

Other formats:

mobi txt lrf lrf




Berkley; Reissue edition (January 1, 1989)



Love Songs e-book

by Lawrence Sanders

Well, where do I begin with this novel by Lawrence Sanders. I’m not really sure if this one has a central plot.

Well, where do I begin with this novel by Lawrence Sanders. I thought it was going to be about singer Bobbie Vander, but it was really more or less a mash-up of all the characters.

by. Sanders, Lawrence, 1920-1998. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

Lawrence Sanders (March 15, 1920 – February 7, 1998) was an American novelist and short story writer. Lawrence Sanders was born in Brooklyn in New York City. After public school he attended Wabash College, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree. He then returned to New York and worked at Macy's Department Store. In 1943 he joined the United States Marine Corps and was discharged in 1946.

com's lawrence Sanders Page and shop for all lawrence Sanders books. Check out pictures, bibliography, and biography of lawrence Sanders.

A storm of passion, betrayal and violence explodes in the world of a talented and tormented pop singer. Pop singer Bobbie Vander ends a libertine and exhausting tour and heads to her small-town Maine home where she discovers, to her horror, more sex, drugs, and danger.

Books by Lawrence Sanders: Mcnally's Bluff. I have been reading the books of Lawrence Sanders since 25 yrs of age,now I am 70. It is not possible to stop once you begin Bani Kumar Datta. 9, 10. Tenth Commandment. The Loves of Harry Dancer. Mcnally's Secret.

Used availability for Lawrence Sanders's Love Songs. January 1989 : USA Mass Market Paperback.

Title: Love Songs Item Condition: used item in a good condition. Read full description. See details and exclusions.

When pop singer Bobbie Vander returns to her small-town home in Maine after an exhausting tour, she discovers a world of violence and perversion where sex, drugs, alcohol, and scandal run rampant. Reissue.
Rising musical star Bobby and her pianist/arranger Hap take the summer off to recuperate from gruelling years on tour and to create songs for a new album. They do so at the beachfront summer house of her parents. Right away there are small indications of trouble in the offing, which become more evident as the story and the months progress...

This almost forgotten, early (1972) and somewhat experimental novel is quite different from Lawrence Sanders’ later bestselling crime novels: this is an inquiry into the nature of love involving persons with totally different characters, passions and ambitions, making it an almost existentialist novel. Its prose refers constantly to the natural world outside the beachfront house, with weather changing from drowsy to tempestuous. Found other scenes described in bursts of frantic lyrical prose sometimes hard to comprehend. Its 45 chapters provide plenty of pace, its frequent allusions to love and love songs enhance thematic consistency. The eight or so protagonists are very well drawn, esp. the more wayward ones. The most endearing of all is Mrs. Grace, mother of Bobby (and fat Julie), who reminded me of Archie Bunker’s wife Edith.

In this passionate novel, LS makes one off-hand reference to the high drama of Italian opera. This is what his powerful and passionate novel is indeed: Italian opera, doom-laden, occasionally shocking, a colourful spectacle with a bloody climax. Warts and all, highly recommended.
Lawrence Sander's Love Songs (1972, hardcover by G.P. Putnam Sons) flutters and hums. It has a poetic, stream-of-conciousness feel, like the author sat down and whatever came to mind got captured on paper. Readers beware: it is an adult novel dealing with a disfunctional family and disturbing subject matters, such as drug addiction, sexual taboos (incest, homosexually, infidelity), jealousy, rage, violence, and murder. I found it to be shocking 42 years after its first publication.

An ensemble cast of character:

Met pop singer Bobbie Vander formerly known as Roberta Vanderhorst. She has come home with her piano player Hapgood Graves to work on a record album. She is described as being elegant, boyishly thin, with short silver hair parted in the middle. She is sure of herself and consider herself to be the son her father never had.

Hapgood Graves is a poet, writer, accompanist, and arranger for Bobbie Vander. He is 31 year of age, a former homosexual and heavily addicted to cocaine.

Home for Bobbie Vander is her father's manion in Maine located next to the Altantic. Her father, Pieter Vanderhorst, known as Patroon, is a larger-than-life figure. Patroon suffered a massive stroke that left half his body (splitting him vertically) drooping and barely usable. Lesser men would have remained in a wheelchair, but not Patroon.

Patroon's wife, Bobbie's mother, is Grace Vanderhorst. She bore Patroon two daughters, but no sons. Grace is described by Patroon as being a sparrow and as silly. She seems incapable of handing life's many problems, but is in love with life's beauty, She is an ethereal butterfly. Patroon hides from Grace his disappointment in her. Grace is concerned about Patroon's health and reminds him to keep his pills close in the event of another stroke. She wants Hapgood Graves to write a poem for her.

Julie is Bobbie's older sister and periodic incestuous lover. She has never been married, is fleshy/plump, loves to lay in the sun and get extremely dark. She is in love with Benjamin Todd, family doctor, friend and next door neighbor, because he reminds her of Patroon. Julie uses alcohol to blunt her disappointment for not being married and having a family.

Dr. Benjamin Todd is divorced from his wife and is raising his eighteen year old daughter Susan by himself. Although Julie Vanderhorst has put her self out there for the doctor, he don't seem to be interested in remarrying. He is described by Julie as being a good lover.

Susan Todd is eighteen, and frequently appears (naked) in a cloth, skin-colored binini (brown, faded tan by the sun). She is described as not being beautiful, but ripe, bursting, and poking. She took a year off before starting college. She frolics in the sea with sixteen year old Tom Drinkwater, handsome son of Mrs. Rebecca Drinkwater, housekeeper and cook to the Vanderhorsts. Susan likes Bobbie Vander records and is extremely taken with piano player Hapgood Graves. Vanderhorst caretaker Samual Lees frequently spies on Susan (outside her house with binoculars) as she undresses in her bedroom.

Mrs. Rebecca Drinkwater has been with the Vanderhorsts for years. She left her employers for a short time, but came back with a son after her husband Jimmy got drunk and feel asleep on the railroad tracks. He was found beheaded. She and her son are Ikantos Indians. Rebecca can see into the future by casting bones. She has been Patroon's secret lover for years.

Tom Drinkwater is the housekeeper's son. Patroon is his father. He have been working on making an Ikantos drum. He is madly in love with Susan Todd. Patroon has warned Tom that Susan is just playing with his affections. Patroon wants Tom to leave home and get a good education away from the distractions of Susan.
Roberta, the folk singer, comes home for a respite with lots of baggage, physical and emotional, and her accompanist, Hap the guitar player who writes songs. She sang old blues: Helen Morgan, Billie Holiday, and others. "The voice was part of the night's music. It was screech and weep, moan and wail. It floated on a jigsaw sea and soared to the chandeliers..." They were love songs, love asked, love given. love rejected, love spurned and grabbed. Love lost, corrupted, and killed.

Her dad had been a talented young man, so artistic and gifted. God works in mysterious ways. It was difficult to see how it all could be a blessing in disguise, as it undoubtedly was. Hap was put in the attic area near the Indian servants. He felt as if Bobbie was just using him for her pleasure, all those stimulants and depressants for the highs and lows of the music world. Things turned sour for the music lovers and death (for him and others) intervened. But before that disastrous last evening, he wrote a poem which started: "Come with me where roses nod and sunbeams dance above. Then I shall press thy hand in mine and speak to thee of love." Shades of Shakespeare.

Coming home, 1040 kept me living in the past with the music I used to sing. I had not sung for forty years, and this music soothed and consumed me. Eddy Roy was there then; I came back once because he said he hoped I would. I was always running away from the present, trying to find the past in the music. Now, it has changed and is becoming a parody of what Eddy strived for; there is no local to keep things on a even keel. Those miscreants in New York, L. A., Denver, and Branson, Missouri, think they know music, but they are only being used by a has-been group singer to promote herself and a tour group out near the airport in Englewood. The music chosen by this group is love songs (now) of the worst sort. It's not upbeat, but is in a sinking mode as is their whole organization. Their mainstay has turned his crown over to the younger generation and they will destroy the music as Hap was destroyed by the environment where he did not belong. Love songs can be uplifting or sad. Play me the sad songs, like Gershwin's "But Not For Me." Michael did in his Nashville appearance with the Symphony. I thank God for song writers like Feinstein.

e-Books related to Love Songs