The Man Who Fell in Love With the Moon

The Man Who Fell in Love With the Moon

A Novel

Book - 1992 | 1st HarperPerennial ed
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Set in the gritty, often brutal frontier of the Old West, this story tells of Shed, a half-breed bisexual boy who makes his living at the Indian Head Hotel--the town's outrageously pink whorehouse.
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 1992
Edition: 1st HarperPerennial ed
ISBN: 0060974974 (paper)
Branch Call Number: FIC SPANBAUER
Characteristics: 355 p. ; 21 cm


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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.

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."

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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