The Man Who Fell in Love With the Moon

The Man Who Fell in Love With the Moon

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Set against the harsh reality of an unforgiving landscape and culture, The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon provides a vision of the Old West unlike anything seen before. The narrator, Shed, is one of the most memorable characters in contemporary fiction: a half-Indian bisexual boy who lives and works at the Indian Head Hotel in the tiny town of Excellent, Idaho. It's the turn of the century, and the hotel carries on a prosperous business as the town's brothel. The eccentric characters working in the hotel provide Shed with a surrogate family, yet he finds in himself a growing need to learn the meaning of his Indian name, Duivichi-un-Dua, given to him by his mother, who was murdered when he was twelve.
Publisher: New York, NY : Atlantic Monthly Press, c1991.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780871134684
0871134683
Branch Call Number: FICTION Span-, bauer, Tom
Characteristics: 355 p. ;,24 cm.

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mikey1982
Aug 21, 2017

A unique story and very well written with some memorable characters. A times very amusing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 29, 2014

Tom Spanbauer influenced a generation of Portland writers with his "dangerous" writing (Danger!Danger!) classes and the groups they spawned. Those who were associated with him include Chuck Palahniuk, Cheryl "Wild" Strayed, Chelsea Cain, and Monica Drake. The first book of his I read, "Faraway Places" wasn't dangerous at all, but this western is more like it. It's like Tom Robbins and Cormac McCarthy got in a horrible accident and their brains now share a body and they took some peyote in a cave and wrote this book. Or something like that. Spanbauer flips the western inside out and grills it over an open fire, tackling sex, gender, race, violence, and more sex. There's more sex than you can shake a sexy stick at, including homo, hetero, underage, and, hey, incest. While I appreciate a modern take on the western, the book was just sloppy and soggy (with bodily fluids) with a bit of a freewheeling, new age-y spirit that I found distasteful. It was pretty dangerous though. Perhaps the title was inspired by Mishima's "The Sailor who Fell From Grace with the Sea." Or perhaps not. Other modern takes on the western: most of McCarthy's books, "True Grit," "Ghost Town" (Coover), "Little Big Man," "The Brothers Sisters," "Confederate General at Big Sur," "Butcher's Crossing."

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marquessa
Sep 27, 2013

A very sad book, in all ways, on bi-sexualism. Very violent, and non-historical. Not recommended reading for anyone.

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