Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Eating the Moon by Mark David Campbell

During his twice-weekly sessions, Guy, a sixty-seven-year-old anthropologist, tells Richard, his thirty-two-year-old psychiatrist, a fantastic tale about a society where almost everyone is homosexual and sex is considered the most basic form of communication.

As a young man, on a cargo ship that sinks in the Bermuda triangle, Guy is saved by the first mate, Luca, and they wash up on the shore of an uncharted tropical island. There, Guy must undergo a brutal initiation ritual, endure a crazed shaman, and swim across shark-infested waters in order to win the love of a local man. Meanwhile, Luca, who cannot accept his sexuality, is obsessed with being rescued and soon degenerates into drug dependency. Serious trouble ensues when Luca discovers that the locals have a large stash of gold, and he devises a plan to steal it. When Luca’s scheme falls apart, Guy must choose between remaining on the island with the man he loves or saving Luca’s life.

Could there really be such a society, or does it only exist within the fantasy of lonely old gay man?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This was a hard review to write, mainly because I really enjoyed half the book and didn't enjoy the other half.

Let me start by saying the world the author created was great. I don't think I've read a book like it before, it was very creative.

Sadly, what I didn't enjoy was the present day parts of the book. I understand we needed some of it to understand why Guy was the way he was; however, I felt that it was a little drawn out and slowed the pace of the book down.

The ending of the book was worth reading through the slow parts, it caught me off guard. I like it when that happens.

So three stars for the other world he created.

For the past twenty years, MARK DAVID CAMPBELL has been living in Milan, Italy, with his husband, where he writes, paints, and helps Italian academics and business people prepare presentations and compose papers in English.

Prior to moving to Italy, he spent twenty years studying and working in archaeology and anthropology in Canada, Central America, Jordan, Egypt, and Greece. He earned his PhD in social cultural anthropology from the University of Toronto where he taught as a part-time professor.

Since 2009 he has been writing a monthly column for The American | In Italia entitled, “That’s Queer,” which looks at the irony, struggles, and frustrations of being openly gay and living in Italy. In February 2016, he published a re-edited collection of these on Amazon, more than sixty articles, called That’s Queer: Excerpts from My Gay Life in Italy.

In addition to writing, he has shown his paintings at numerous individual and group shows in Toronto, Canada, and throughout Italy, and one of his sculptures, “San Sebastiano,” is part of the permanent collect of the Museo di Centro, Italy.

In his spare time, Mark David likes scouring second-hand stores, swimming and boating on Lago Maggiore, and eating pizza and drinking beer with friends.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Eating the Moon by Mark David Campbell to read and review.

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