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eBook A Thousand and One Nights ePub

by Lara Tupper

  • ISBN: 0156030926
  • Category: United States
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Lara Tupper
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harvest Books; 1 edition (February 5, 2007)
  • Pages: 226
  • ePub book: 1517 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1958 kb
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  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 223

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A Thousand and One Nights shines with the poignant honesty of a pop song singer who can’t quite get her life in ke.  . This was an excellent read and I look forward to more from Ms Tupper.

A Thousand and One Nights shines with the poignant honesty of a pop song singer who can’t quite get her life in ke. (Kim Ponders, author of The Art of Uncontrolled Flight ). "Music to the ear.

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A Thousand and One Nights book. Lara Tupper invites us into the life aboard a cruise ship, and a relationship that drags on yeeeaaarrrs after it should have ended. It's relatable enough. Tupper is also a writing coach, she makes writing easy for beginners. Jun 20, 2010 Kourtney rated it did not like it. The praise indicated this book was witty, often funny, and a terrific story to tell. I'm not sure what books those critics were reading because it sure wasn't this one. Pass on this and read something else instead. Jul 20, 2013 Mikaela Pacheco added it. 2 5 Kirjailija: Lara Tupper. Saatavilla e-kirjana. com described this debut novel as "an alternately hilarious and poignant look at the unsettled state of one woman trying to make it outside the socially sanctioned age trajectory.

Lara Tupper's novel brought to me the poignancy and weariness we experienced as the season wore . Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 12 years ago. One of the best novels I've read in years.

Lara Tupper's novel brought to me the poignancy and weariness we experienced as the season wore on. The stale, demanding, hopeful people who inhabit this world all show up here. What a great capture of the thrill and despair of entertaining and living in a world of make-up and costumes. I picked it up and didn't close the cover until I was finished - at 3:30 . Tupper provides a fascinating, insider's look into the world of the traveling lounge singer. Her engaging writing style had me hooked immediately.

A Thousand and One Nights - Lara Tupper. Advance Praise for A Thousand and One Nights. Wonderful and incisive, tells us in a new way what it means to be young and American

A Thousand and One Nights - Lara Tupper. Cover Design by Ginny Glass. Wonderful and incisive, tells us in a new way what it means to be young and American. Tupper casts a keen, intelligent eye on the contemporary world, its multitude of fakeries and deceits, providing us with a witty, poignant, wholly worthwhile read. Elizabeth Strout, author of Abide with Me and Amy and Isabelle.

But a thousand and one nights of faking it have begun to take their toll. Funny, fast-paced, and incisive, A Thousand and One Nights captures the performances, large and small, we use to make it through life. A compelling tour of the ersatz, dismally funny, and faintly depressing world of the third-tier entertainer: a tour that’s beautifully understated in its emotional intelligence, and wry and clear-eyed and psychologically astute in its portrait of a young couple.

Karla, 22, is thrilled to be hired as an entertainer on the Sound of Music cruise ship-where the rum punch is 80 percent Kool-Aid, the ice sculptures are plastic, and her "fake it till you make it" .

Twenty-two-year-old Karla is thrilled to be hired as an entertainer on the Sound of Music cruise ship—where the rum punch is 80 percent Kool-Aid, the ice sculp- tures are plastic, and her "fake it till you make it" M.O. seems adventuresome. Karla is less thrilled when her new boyfriend, Jack, suggests that they form a singing duo on land, but by now faking enthusiasm has become a way of life. She and Jack buy backing tracks, crib lyrics from the radio, and embark on a not-as-glamorous-as-it-should-be career performing in the luxury hotel bars of the Middle East and China. But after a thousand and one nights on the road, Karla and Jack find themselves struggling to keep their act—both personal and professional—together. Funny, fast-paced, and incisive, A Thousand and One Nights captures the performances, large and small, we use to make it through life.

Comments

Nilarius Nilarius
Funny and sad read about the lower levels of the entertainment industry. Travelling the world singing isn't quite as glamorous as it sounds. Tupper now teaches writing -- and sings -- in the Berkshires. She actually has a very good voice, and tells stories of her cruise ship and hotel bar years in between songs with a wry sense of humor and the perspective only time brings.

And not one mention of Billy Joel's "Piano Man.". I guess expat Brits and Yanks didn't request that one much...
Ricep Ricep
"Fun book about a not so good entertainer who is hired to sing and dance in third rate locations around the world."
OwerSpeed OwerSpeed
I have met Lara in person - taken her creative writing class at Rutgers University - and I must say she is very good at what she does. No, she did not make us read it for the class. "A Thousand and One Nights" is the kind of book you study on your own if you want to become a better writer.
Inerrace Inerrace
Lara Tupper's debut novel, A Thousand and One Nights, quite simply is a tour de force. From opening page to last paragraph the novel honestly shares its protagonist Karla's journey in often fleeing images, phrases and lyrics. The novel isn't an overwhelming, grandiose, tightly woven tapestry (despite the Karla's Carole King fixation,) but rather snippets, fragments, a wonderful mosaic. The book is a series of snapshots, photos, if you will, of visual impressions and reflections, conversations and thoughts--both internal and external--that capture a moment, but leave the reader to interpret the emotions and motivations behind those singular memories. And like all reality, the tangible presence fades into the persistence of one's own schema.

From Maine to the high seas to Shanghai, the characters Karla encounters help her to create a larger orbit of her life. Like all orbits, the space between is hollow, void of matter and meaning, except that which we, or Karla, transposes into this orbit. Characters emerge, like a three-minute hit song, play their parts out and recede. Searching for deeper meaning, Karla can only find it in herself, as unsure or unsteady she might be in that conclusion.

Not since Rich Cohen's Lake Effect has a novel been so forthright in capturing the essence of the modern, coming-of-age story. Not a story of a young man's first time nor a awkward teen girl's dream prom date, A Thousand and One Nights succinctly and accurately portrays the story a thousand and one young professionals, who daily arrive in their mid-twenties pursing the career of their education, but in a world that where career, education and heart rarely converge. Karla's story is the story of a generation, where school and training leaves one in a threadbare, smoke-stained, dimly-lit world that demands perception and fantasy to find meaning.

One Thousand and One Nights begs, like the beggars it so accurately relates, for us to accept its honesty, its story and its authenticity. And it deserves it, deserves it in spades.
Kulwes Kulwes
After hearing from my son what a great book this was and respecting his opinion so highly, I purchased it from Amazon immediately. I was so delighted that he suggested this book to me because it was a gold mine. Ms Tupper gave us a poignant look behind the "glamorous life" of being first a performer on a cruise ship and then what life on the road is like as part of a duo that gets to perform in exciting, far away places. It was so illuminating to learn what the crew experiences when they are not out there assisting and making the passengers happy. Ms. Tupper really takes you there with her and allows you to experience the difficulties endured as she endures them. Her touches of humor made me smile and long for such an adventure myself, while the sadness and longing to be back home that pervaded at times made you want to find her and hug her and tell her its going to be allright. Her colorful description of the places she visited and the places she performed in came to life for me as if I were there. This was an excellent read and I look forward to more from Ms Tupper. This book is a tresure and it's my new favorite gift to buy for birthdays and other occasions. Bravo Ms. Tupper.
Bine Bine
This quietly enjoyable book reads very easily and is often humorous. The author's voice is clear and consistant throughout the novel and she is quite likeable. I reccemmend it and hope the author writes another novel soon!
Yggdi Yggdi
What a terrific ride through the back-stage of entertainment and show biz! The bright light view of the ship's lounges and bars provide a clear and accurate view of entertainment on the high seas. My mother was a lounge musician around clubs and also with larger venues involving all girl revue shows and acts in the summer world of state and county fairs. Lara Tupper's novel brought to me the poignancy and weariness we experienced as the season wore on. The stale, demanding, hopeful people who inhabit this world all show up here. What a great capture of the thrill and despair of entertaining and living in a world of make-up and costumes. The romances, both professional and personal kept me quietly cheering for the characters to succeed in situations where heartbreak or even loss of desire can smother all things beautiful and promising. I loved this story so much that I hated to see it end. I want to go back and discover there are more pages and chapters to embrace me.

I look forward to more from Tupper. Write on!
I expected a more light-hearted reading experience but what I got was a superbly written, eye-opening look at the world of foreign and cruise entertainment. I liked how uncomfortable I felt at times reading about the lives of Karla and Jack--not the glamorous lives I'd imagined in my naivete. I couldn't stop reading--took me two nights to read A Thousand and One Nights!