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The Sound of Building Coffins March 3, 2009

Posted by The Typist in 504, books, Jazz, literature, New Orleans, NOLA, Toulouse Street, voodoo.
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sobc_coverI don’t typically do What I’m Reading posts but I’m going to make an exception, maybe start a trend since my mind seems empty of good words of my own of late. I am about 2/3 of the way through Louis Maistros’ novel The Sound of Building Coffins and the reviews it has garnered so far (ex. “No novel since Confederacy of Dunces has done such justice to New Orleans”) are dead on.

Louis will be reading from his book and signing copies at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia Street, this Thursday March 5 at 6 p.m..

This lyrical tale of magic and transformation at the end of the Creole era and the start of the Jazz age weaves voodoo, jazz and race into a tapestry that captures the subtle pattern of New Orleans. This is bound to become (as the review quoted above suggests) one of the landmark evocations of the city. I normally wouldn’t write something like this until finishing the book* but I wanted to call out Louis’ reading and signing. Unless he’s been abducted by aliens and the publisher had a roomful of meth-fueled monkeys finish the book, I expect the last hundred pages to be as spellbinding as the first 250.

(The next day) Word.

* Confession: I once wrote a review of The Great Deluge on Amazon after reading the introduction and first chapter, confessing it was such a painfully bad work of history and writing I would only be able to finish it as a matter of obligation. (I never did.) If you transpose Lake Borgne and Bay St. Louis in the introduction to a work of history about Hurricane Katrina, you’ve clearly run off the tracks.


1. liprap - March 4, 2009

*raises hand* I’m kinda in the brain fart zone, myself.

But I am glad to get your take on this book, as it looks really really good, and I now have your confirmation on that assessment of mine.


2. scott - March 4, 2009

sounds excellent, and thanks for the heads up about the reading. definitely seems like something to check out.


3. HumidCity » Blog Archive » Octavia Books, Thursday Night at 6: Be There. - March 4, 2009

[…] to my happy surprise, my Humid City compatriot The West Bank Guy said some very nice things on his blog about the book as well. He’s a nice guy, but not the lying type, as you know. Thank you, […]


4. Wet Bank Guy - March 6, 2009

Sadly I didn’t make it. It was my son’s birthday, and I spent half the evening under the table in the office trying to figure out what upgrades the old family computer will need to run the new game (an AGP 128 MB Nvidia and more RAM. Damn).

From the pictures on Facebook it looks like Louis had a full house and a great event.


5. liprap - March 6, 2009

It was a great event, made even better by Louis’ music.

There’s another chance to see him, even though it is at the corporate-run Bultman Borders…this Saturday, 3-7.


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