The Trials and Tribulations of a Twenty-First Century Troubadour in Paris. Available from Amazon along with his other books.Click here, then click on paperback option if thats what you want.
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The Trials And Tribulations Of A 21st Century Troubadour In Paris [Kindle Edition]
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He had stayed in room 6 and room 8 as well as some others in the Parisian hotel, but never in room 4 where Jim Morrison had stayed on his last and final visit to Paris.
In this vividly personal memoir and exploration, written in the spirit of Baudelaire, Ionesco, Jean Paul Sartre, Picasso and other great writers café scribes and artists, Paul (Space Toad) recounts his time spent in Paris cafe society and also living in a hotel haunted the ghost of Jim Morrison who had stayed there seeking peace shortly before his demise. Was this coincidence or destiny?
Review. Paul’s sardonic streak is never faraway as he retells his adventures and reveals the teeming underbelly of Parisian life.
‘Another work of genius from Dr Space Toad…up there with ‘My Old Mate, The Coypu’
Captain Sensible from the Damned and The Dr Space Toad Experience
‘I had just met the last of the great French thinkers. The only pity was that he wasn’t French.’
Danny Wallace, Author and TV presenter.
A Review: An ironical, philosophical and psychological observation of the “human Folly” (la folie humaine) using part of the Authors life in as the microcosm of “La grande Folie”. Trials… is an autobiographical account of the author’s time spent in Parisian café society, written in diary-like format and paying homage to the great French poets and philosophers of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
From the sample chapters, this looks to be quite a surreal trip into the author’s thoughts and experiences, from his attempts to found new religions and his colourful songwriting (his French song in Chapter 18 is quite poignant) to the horrors of a severe arm infection nearly loosing his left arm and in Chapter 19 being poisoned by his own girlfriend (who then became an ex not surprisingly). In keeping with the author’s sardonic steak, some of the scenarios provide rich veins of humour – readers may chuckle aloud at Guru Mc’Coypu’s commandment to ‘love everybody except people you don’t like’, and at Danny’s comment: ‘I had just met one of the great French thinkers. It was a pity he wasn’t French’, while Paul’s little aside after he has made love with his girlfriend on top is quite amusing: ‘Her cat came and sat on me (not in the same way)’. The remaining chapter titles, meanwhile, look promising, from the amusing-sounding ‘Mr Extremely-Friendly does his ironing’ to the visually pleasing image of ‘The hotel cat pirouettes on the wash-basin’ and the intriguing ‘Baba Papa and the girl who thought that the Chateau de Versailles was more important than me’.
The autor’s prose style reflects his content: it is conversational, sometimes quite confessional, with an energy about it that is very appealing. 18 can give the work a bit of a breathless feel that may be intentional but makes it rather a strain on the eyes.
Overall, the main appeal of this work appears to be its ironic, perceptive and sometimes touching observations on life and its absurdities, and the author’s own personal little forays into farce, from which he somehow still emerges as a more-or-less sane, self-aware human being.
Here is an account in the book written by Danny Wallace called “JOIN ME” of his meating with the 21st Century Troubadour in a Parisian café. However a few things need to be adressed in Danny”s Chapter about Dr Space Toad, 1. He is not from Norfolk although he spent some time there, 2, He made light of his arm infection by telling Danny the funny story about ringing himself and hurting his arm but in actual fact he was in considerable pain as he had contracted a golden staphilocox in his elbow during an operation and could have lost his arm or even died. 3. He latter abandoned the tarrot cards in place of the animal medecine cards. 4. He was very young when he formed his first band, and still is young. This snipit of the was kindly sent to him compiled by one of Space Toad’s old Bass players Captain Sensible (maybe the best….?). In Chapter 14 of The Trials and Tribulations of a Twenty First Century Troubadour in Paris can be seen the Author’s own intriguing account of the meeting with Danny. In fact it was Danny writing about him in ” Join me” that partly inspired him to finish his own book.
The Life and Times of Docter Space Toad The Troubadour in Amsterdam The Twarted Tangentialist from the end of Time Le Mariage du Roi Bizare. Excentric Theatricals and Theatrical Excentrics of the Vine Le Tangentialiste coincé et Le Mariage du Roi Bizare.
The Adventures of Jean Paul Dionysus
Death of Dionysus Ne pousez pas le Fleuve Candlelight in the Void. No.1 . Jean Paul Ruskinson The Coypu Conciousness Hand Book Las Aventuras de Geraldo el Cerdo Gerald the Pig The Man who whore a tragic cloak of mystery .
The Cosmic Scape Goat. Uncle Toby the Tapir.
PLAYS: Le Mariage du Roi Bizare (click here to order) et Le Tangentialiste coincé (version francaise). Paper back or Kindle version.
“Ne Poussez pas le Fleuve”. Is a collection of his poetry and lyrics in French”. To order copies please click here. . Also available in Canada. .
Here is the English versions of his two amazing plays. The Twarted Tangentialist from the end of Time and Le Mariage du Roi Bizare. Click here to order Paper backs or Kindles.
And here is his latest book about the adventures of a Pig called Gerald. There are some great ilustrations by a wold famous Hogologist. It is available in many other different countries, search for yours on the internet. Click here for the ebook version Click here to order paperback
Candle Light in the Void. No.1.
Jean Paul Ruskinson Click here for link to book.