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The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon


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ISBN13: 9780060974978
ISBN10: 0060974974
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E S Pittenger, September 28, 2011 (view all comments by E S Pittenger)
“If you’re the devil, then it’s not me telling this story.” is the first line of this novel. The author’s credo is to write dangerously. The book’s contents are full of brutality, beauty, love, sex, death and life. Dense, rich, and vivid is the story of stories, the human-being tellings that unfold in this novel. Dazzling is probably the best adjective to describe the novel, since my mind feels like it’s looked directly at the sun while I’m reading about the moon.

The narrator is Shed, aka, Duivichi-un-Dua, a half-breed berdache (Indian word for 'holy man who fucks with men') who lives and whores at the Indian Head Hotel in not so Excellent, Idaho, a town nestled in the shadow of Not-Really-a-Mountain. Shed pursues killdeer, the concept of staying hidden and secret, and the tangled skeins of the story about who his father might be. "Being killdeer" allows Shed to engage in his hobby: scrutinizing.

Love and acceptance, the freedom to be who you are is what Ida Richelieu, the madam and owner of the shocking pink hotel who wears blue when she ovulates, believes in. “Oh, the humanity,” is one of her favorite sayings and one that encompasses what this book is about. Shed believes the green-eyed Dellwood Barker is his father. Dellwood may be more important than a father, he is a philosopher. He tells Shed the story of what it means to be alive. . . "Smoke and wind and fire are all things you can feel but can't touch. Memories and dreams are like that too. They're what this world is made up of. There's really only a very short time that we get hair and teeth and put on red cloth and have bones and skin and look out eyes. Not for long. Some folks longer than others. If you're lucky, you'll get to be the one who tells the story: how the eyes have seen, the hair has blown, the caress the skin has felt, how the bones have ached. What the human heart is like. How the devil called and we did not answer. How we answered."

Spanbauer has written a tale that exposes intolerance set against a pansexual West, unknown to Hollywood depictions. The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon is a novel in which the characters (and the reader) are entangled in a struggle to find out the answer to the questions of what makes family, are there limits to love, and how does one set the self (after it’s been identified) free. Freedom is what the devil would deny us and this is a book that does battle with the devil.
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TLKempner, January 23, 2010 (view all comments by TLKempner)
It is erotic, intriguing, twists and turns and you can never anticipate what happens next. Tom Spanbauer has the most incredible imagination and depth to his words. The visual images leave you breathless.
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rareform1010, January 14, 2010 (view all comments by rareform1010)
I've been reading this book for almost three years, weaving back and forth, because I'm in love with Shed.
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paul sorenson, July 15, 2007 (view all comments by paul sorenson)
this early book by Portland author Spanbauer certainly fits the "rollicking good read" phrase - but it is more than that - it is also a thoughtful (though undeniably fun) consideration of identity (gender, family, self) and the effects of religious repression on a small town. The characters are great - several I wish I knew now - and the story very compelling and full of action. I was pretty emotionally bound up in the story and wanted it to keep going.
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Spanbauer, Tom
Harper Perennial
by Tom Spanbauer
by Tom Spanbauer
New York :
Indians of north america
Western stories
Indians of North America -- Fiction.
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
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Trade PB
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8.12x5.32x.90 in. .64 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780060974978 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Freud would have had a field day. The 384 pages offer plenty of plot twists, humor, graphic but not prurient sex, didacticisms, some magic realism (North American-style) and a consistent view of life that might be termed "rebellious romanticism" for the 1990's. A different view of the West where the bisexuals and prostitutes wear the white hats, gender is up for grabs, and every permutation of love will have its way."
"Review" by , "Dazzlingly accomplished."
"Review" by , "Haunting and earthy, this deeply felt tale of love and loss is told by Shed, a half-breed bisexual Indian....Spanbauer fuses raunchy dialogue, pathos, local color, heartbreak and a serious investigation of racism in this stunning narrative."
"Review" by , "Spanbauer's masterful plot is delightfully unpredictable and compelling."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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