The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon

Paperback | September 9, 1992

byTom Spanbauer

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The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon  is an American epic of the old West for our own times -- a novel huge in its imaginative scope and daring in its themes. The narrator is Shed, or Duivichi-un-Dua, a half-breed bisexual boy who makes his living at the Indian Head Hotel in the little turn-of-the-century town of Excellent, Idaho. The imperious Ida Richilieu is Shed's employer, the town's mayor and the mistress, and the mistress and owner of this outrageously pink whorehouse. Together with the beautiful prostitute Alma Hatch, and the philosophical, green-eyed, half-crazy cowboy Dellwood Barker, this collection of misfits and outcasts make up the core of Shed's eccentric family. And although laced with the ugliness and cruelty of the frontier West -- Shed is raped by the same man who then murders the woman he thinks is his mother, and the Mormon townspeople bring a fiery end to Ida's raucous way of life -- the love and acceptance that tie this family together provide the true heart of this novel. The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon  is a beautifully told, mythic tale that is as well a profound meditation on sexualty,race and man's relationship to himself and the natural world.

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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.

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The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon  is an American epic of the old West for our own times -- a novel huge in its imaginative scope and daring in its themes. The narrator is Shed, or Duivichi-un-Dua, a half-breed bisexual boy who makes his living at the Indian Head Hotel in the little turn-of-the-century town of Excellent, Idaho. ...

Tom Spanbauer is the author of the novel Faraway Places. he lives in Portland, Oregon, and New Yoke City.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:September 9, 1992Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 10:0060974974

ISBN - 13:9780060974978

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was no longer the story I was telling myself: Tom Spanbauer-The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon Tom Spandbauer. Spandbauer was a student of Gordon Lish, “captain fiction.” Lish was instrumental in the careers of writers including Amy Hempel, Joy Williams and, of course, Raymond Carver. THE MAN WHO FELL IN LOVE WITH THE MOON is the first book I’ve read by Spanbauer; it is simply extraordinary. Spanbauer’s writing is beautiful. The novel pulses with anger, frustration, love, desperation, loneliness, and heartbreak. It is also exceedingly violence and tender. It is set around the turn of the 20th century and provides a vision of the Old West “unlike anything seen before” (back matter). The narrator is Shed, an orphaned half-Indian bisexual boy who lives and works at a hotel and brothel in the tiny town of Excellent, Idaho. If most works of literature affirm and re-inscribe sexual stereotypes this novel throws them out the window. Spandbauer is a master of the minimalist style. It reads like it was meant to be spoken: “My mother died this way: Billy Blizzard beat her to death” (30). To the point, without clutter. And, because I haven’t mentioned it yet, Tom Spanbauer taught Palahniuk to write. “If you’re the devil, then it’s not me telling this story” (3). That’s the opening line. How can you not want to read this book already? #### “Trick was, though, if you acted like you were looking for killdeer, you’d never find killdeer. You had to be killdeer.” (12) “That’s how the devil is: how he is looking to you isn’t how he is. Your eyes see one thing while your heart is seeing another.” (37) “All this stuff around us is just a dream we’re dreaming anyway – a story we’re telling ourselves.” (96) Sounds almost like Joan Didion, eh? “There wasn’t a place where I could point to and say, There I am, that’s me. No matter how hard I tried, the me who had this body just wasn’t to be found.” (172) “More fun turning out to be who could drink and who could smoke the most, and laugh the hardest.” (285)
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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.