Narcisa by Jonathan Shaw

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Narcisa by Jonathan Shaw

Unread postby Buster » Tue Dec 02, 2008 12:30 pm

Has anyone else read this? I recently got a copy and was riveted - phenomenal writing, but definitely not for the faint of heart.

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Re: Narcisa by Jonathan Shaw

Unread postby donnamatrix » Tue Dec 02, 2008 12:49 pm

Buster wrote:Has anyone else read this? I recently got a copy and was riveted - phenomenal writing, but definitely not for the faint of heart.



I picked it up a while back but am still hammering through two or three ahead of it on my list. Glad to hear it's good--I'll be interested to hear more.

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Re: Narcisa by Jonathan Shaw

Unread postby Liz » Tue Dec 02, 2008 3:09 pm

I don't think I realized Jonathan Shaw was also a writer. :blush: Does anyone know if Shaw did all of Johnny's tattoos?
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Unread postby teacher » Tue Dec 02, 2008 3:36 pm

Liz wrote:I don't think I realized Jonathan Shaw was also a writer. :blush: Does anyone know if Shaw did all of Johnny's tattoos?

Not all of them. Somewhere in the Archives there's an interview that mentiones another name, but there's no way I could possibly remember which.
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Re: Narcisa by Jonathan Shaw

Unread postby cats7 » Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:41 pm

He's a great writer. I've been meaning to order one.
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Re: Narcisa by Jonathan Shaw

Unread postby Buster » Tue Dec 02, 2008 6:38 pm

Here's a link to his website:
http://www.scabvendor.com/

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Re: Narcisa by Jonathan Shaw

Unread postby Liz » Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:15 am

Buster wrote:Here's a link to his website:
http://www.scabvendor.com/

Inspired by "real life experience", eh? :-O
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Re: Narcisa by Jonathan Shaw

Unread postby gemini » Thu Dec 04, 2008 2:06 pm

Wow that link is an interesting read. I didn't realize he was Artie Shaw's son.
What a wild life he has lead... I don't know if I can handle reading another book where men treat women like Sebastian Dangerfield did in Gingerman. It sounds like he has been through a lot of women.
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Re: Narcisa by Jonathan Shaw

Unread postby Buster » Sat Dec 06, 2008 11:40 am

gemini wrote:
I don't know if I can handle reading another book where men treat women like Sebastian Dangerfield did in Gingerman.


This made me go dig out my copy of The Ginger Man and reread it. Then I went to the archives ... I am truly sorry I missed those discussions.

My take on that book seems to be far different from the general consensus. I found Dangerfield familiar, hysterically funny, the quintessential mess - in many ways a peeled version of everyman. Notice that I am not saying I admire all of his behavior - but I really do love writing that illuminates human nature.

That said, if you had a hard time with The Ginger Man, you might not care for Narcisa. The circumstances are brutal, the language is graphic, and the topic is obsession - great stuff, by my lights, but maybe not for everyone.

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Re: Narcisa by Jonathan Shaw

Unread postby Liz » Mon Dec 08, 2008 3:14 pm

I wish you could have joined us for The Ginger Man discussion, too, Buster.
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