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The Man Who Fell in Love With the Moon

A Novel
Spanbauer, Tom (Book - 1992 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Spanbauer, Tom
Title: The man who fell in love with the moon
a novel
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 1992
Edition: 1st HarperPerennial ed
Characteristics: 355 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Tom Spanbauer
Contents: Book 1: Killdeer
Book 2: Journey
Dellwood Barker
Owlfeather
Book 3: Homecoming
Book 4: Devil
The wisdom brothers
The diaries
Summary: 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.
Branch Call Number: FICTION SPANBAUER 1992
Subject Headings: Indians of North America Fiction
Genre/Form: Bildungsromans
Western stories
Topical Term: Indians of North America
LCCN: 92052624
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May 05, 2014
  • marquessa rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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

Mar 16, 2013
  • mexicology rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This immediately became one of my top 10 favorite books of all time. The story is amusing, heartbreaking, tantalizing, and told in a wonderfully vibrant way by a fascinating main character.
Tom Spanbauer is an outstanding storyteller. It's worth checking out his other books also.

Dec 02, 2012
  • snarski rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A gritty, gender-bending romp through the wild West. Not a happy story.

Feb 05, 2011
  • douglasjoe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My all time favorite book. Tom is an incredible visual author.

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