Feast Day of the Cannibals

Feast Day of the Cannibals[PDF / Epub] ⚣ Feast Day of the Cannibals ✈ Norman Lock – Heartforum.co.uk In the sixth stand alone book in The American Novels series Shelby Ross a merchant ruined by the depression of 1873–79 is hired as a New York City Custom House appraiser under inspector Herman Melvi In the sixth stand alone book in of the Kindle Ñ The American Novels series Shelby Ross a merchant ruined by the depression of – is hired as a New York City Custom House appraiser under inspector Herman Melville the embittered forgotten author of Moby Dick On the docks Ross befriends a genial young man and makes an enemy of a despicable one who attempts to Feast Day ePUB × destroy them by insinuating that Ross and the young man share an unnatural affection Ross narrates his story to his childhood friend Washington Roebling chief engineer of the soon to be completed Brooklyn Bridge As he is harried toward a fate reminiscent of Ahab’s he encounters Ulysses S Grant dying in a brownstone on the Upper East Side; Samuel Clemens who will publish Day of the eBook ✓ Grant’s Memoirs; and Thomas Edison at the dawn of the electrification of the cityFeast Day of the Cannibals charts the harrowing journey of a tormented heart during America’s transformative age.

Librarian Note There is than one author of the Kindle Ñ in the GoodReads database with this name Norman Lock has written novels short fiction and poetry as well as stage plays dramas for German radio a film for The American Film Institute and scenarios for video art installations His plays have been produced in the US Germany at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival and in Turkey Feast Day ePUB × His work has been tra.

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  • Feast Day of the Cannibals
  • Norman Lock
  • 06 August 2014
  • 9781942658474

10 thoughts on “Feast Day of the Cannibals

  1. Nancy says:

    Norman Lock's sixth book in the American Novel Series delves into the ugly side of the Gilded Age With a window view of the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge Shelby Ross visits his old friend Washington Robling who is incapacitated his capable wife overseeing the construction of the bridge his father designed Ross tells his sad story to Robling his fall from fortune forcing him to seek work and the events that led to his imprisonmentHaving lost his business in the depression Ross found employment at the Customs House working under Herman Melville a bitter failed novelist Ross also works with a dreamy younger man who pursues a friendship while another co worker a sinister older man harasses them as suspect homosexualsA man of numbers and business Ross reads Melville's forgotten books and Moby Dick comes to influence him in dark ways Ross passively plays into the hands of his nemesis until his rage drives him to commit a crime of passionThe Gilded Age world comes to life Ross comes into contact with Mark Twain who encourages a dying and broke Gen Grant to write his memoirs to provide income to his beloved wife Julia This is a dark novel of evil and hatred of failed dreams the bitterness of life's unjustness and the many ways humans are all cannibals at heartI received a free ebook from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and unbiased review

  2. Marie says:

    “Were I to publish the story of my life literary critics would condemn me as an untrustworthy witness to events and a most unattractive character to boot”So says Shelby Ross the fictional narrator in Norman Lock’s Feast Day of the Cannibals to Washington Roebling the geniune chief engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge Ross tells his story in a series of visits all taking place in Roebling’s second story room on Brooklyn Heights starting on April 22 1882 and ending on May 17 1884 Ross’s story is a sad one and not just because Ross is a somewhat “unattractive character” Nor is he an “untrustworthy witness” although he does like to put a gloss on things Ross is a young man who managed to survive the Panic of 1873 with his life but not his money To make ends meet he secures a position as a customhouse appraiser serving under Herman Melville although at the time he knows nothing of Melville’s writing A young coworker named Martin soon enlightens him but the illumination is secondary to Ross’s uneasy friendship with Martin which is the core of the storyMartin is young and naive interested in literature and given to dreamy thoughts Ross is both attracted to and repelled by Martin his inner conflict seeming to be a kind of awakening Enter another coworker Gibbs a thoroughly disgusting and reprehensible character with a sharp eye He wreaks havoc with Ross forcing him to engage in debauchery daring the man to admit his attraction to his own sex which of course Ross denies His denial costs him greatly but none so than Martin While Ross’s own personal story is fairly predictable once all the characters are in place the journey through the novel is fascinating Lock does than include all the right details to make the New York City of the early 1880s come alive The novel is practically a “who’s who” compendium Besides being an acuaintance of Washington Roebling Ross is also on friendly terms with Ulysses S Grant from whom he asks a favor In Grant’s company he meets Mark Twain and takes an instant dislike to the man He has dinner with Melville meets his stoic wife and then gets drunk along with MelvilleLock takes us to and through the seedy parts of the city including brothels and saloons as well as to the docks and boarding houses Very uickly after starting Feast Day of the Cannibals you feel like you are there in the city with Ross either comfortably situated in Roebling’s room where there’s a splendid view of the nearly finished Brooklyn Bridge or alongside Melville choking on foul air in the bowels of a ship The novel is written in first person always from Ross’s point of view and the young man does love to talk He was often insightful another important aspect of the historical novel The reader wants not just details in terms of clothing and living conditions but also a sense of the morality of the age“My father bought a choice pew in the old Cedar Street Presbyterian Church as he would have a seat on the stock exchange The doctrines of predestination and election confirmed his self interest He could do nothing he said on behalf of the unfortunates because God had forecast his every move as if life were a horoscope and we were obedient to planetary aspects and conjunctions”The novel’s structure was a bit confusing at first and for this I was glad to have a print copy of the book and not an audio Lock includes the location and date with each shift in Ross’s narration It’s a minor point to note that it took some flipping back and forth before I understood the system Once I did understand it though the novel flowed If you enjoy historical novels I highly recommend Feast Day of the Cannibals

  3. Tonstant Weader says:

    Feast Day of the Cannibals is the sixth in the American Novels series by Norman Lock at Bellevue Literary Press It tells the story of Shelby Ross a formerly wealthy man whose been bankrupted by a depression He’s hired to work at New York City’s customs house under the supervision of Herman Melville Like most people at the time Ross had no idea Melville was a great author his books were long forgotten and dismissedTwo other colleagues are important to the story First there is the gentle Martin Finch with whom Ross feels an instant rapport They develop a friendship and even plan to go west to San Francisco together Then there is Gibbs a disagreeable and threatening man who repeatedly insinuates that Ross’ friendship with Finch is unnatural However his enmity seems rooted in envy than homophobiaFeast Day of the Cannibals is told in a one sided conversation with Washington Roebling the man who built the Brooklyn Bridge He is a friend from Ross’ youth and they shared a giddy ice skating adventure on the freshly frozen Hudson Roebling is an invalid his wife carrying out the management for him He sits in his home overlooking the bridge while Ross tells him the story of what happened to him with Melville Finch and Gibbs Roebling does not utter a word The story is somewhat of a confessional and apologia for Ross’ actions which he feels driven to perhaps by Moby Dick but honestly by rage at what Gibbs has doneThere seem to be many similarities with today’s cultural environment and the past in terms of the flagrant corruption of this new Gilded Age where the rich get richer and everyone else is feasted upon by the wealthy There is also the exploration of internalized homophobia Gibbs draws Ross into a homosexual experience and persecutes both Finch and Ross with his insinuations about their friendship driving both Finch and Ross to drastic actionsRoss meets many other historical people in his story including Mark Twain and President Grant who is bankrupt himself and hoping to make enough with his memoirs to support his wife He also meets up with Rev Winter from the last book “The Wreckage of Eden” a sad but fitting encounterFeast Day of the Cannibals is a grim book It was interesting to see Melville through the eyes of his subordinate and to get an insight into the world of the docks during the Gilded Age I thought the writing was incredibly descriptive and captivating even though the story left me frustrated since Ross could have simply refused Gibb’s company but sort of drifted into difficulty again and againIn some ways I feel I failed as a reader with this book While I could enjoy the prose and the historical detail it just never clicked so to speak Perhaps it was the conceit of telling the story to Roebling with no reaction or interaction It created a distance that kept the book from gellingI received an ARC of Feast Day of the Cannibals from the publisher through a LibraryThing drawing It will be released on July 16thhttpstonstantweaderreviewswordpre

  4. Jane says:

    Brilliant evocation of the sordidness of the Gilded Age through the monologue of an appraiser at the US Customs House in New York City Shelby Ross given to Washington Roebling incapacitated and in this novel silent builder of the Brooklyn Bridge Definition An appraiser checked the cargoes of various merchant ships coming into New York Harbor and assessed any tax to be paid We follow the progress of the bridge being built through Roebling's 2nd floor window The failed novelist Herman Melville is his supervisor and in the course of the novel Shelby interacts with Ulysses S Grant Mark Twain and Thomas Edison A bankrupted businessman Shelby obtains the appraiser job and we follow his life for a period of two years 1882 84 as told to Roebling We discover the tormented Shelby is not entirely reliable as narrator He has his bête noir in the crude vulgar John Gibbs and makes a friend in the effeminate sensitive Martin Finch Each hurls us toward the novel's shattering conclusion The language was at times lyrical and I could picture the whole novel in my mind's eye I much enjoyed Shelby's visit to General Grant where Mark Twain is trying to convince him to write his memoirs The author gave me a glimpse of Twain's humor I hope to read the author's other books in the same American Novels series My favorite period in historical fiction is the ancient world but this novel turned out to be a most happy choice set in the modern eraHighly recommended I thank LibraryThing for an ARC

  5. Pamela says:

    This book had such potential Lovers of historical fiction would have loved this book if the author hadn’t gotten lost in his own prose The disgraced Shelby Ross who lost everything in the depression of 1873 1879 visits his friend Washington Roebling the house bound chief engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge Lock’s book begins to bog down when he turns his attention to the “conversation” between Roebling who doesn’t participate in the conversation and Ross who does all the talking – at least so the reader assumes since Lock didn’t include uotation marks The conversation is part pity party about Ross’ losses Ross talking about his new job and his new boss Melville and Ross seemingly sucking up to Roebling Roebling is not developed as a character but then neither is Ross And there are too many information dumps to show the reader how much – or how little – research Lock has doneIf you enjoy historical novels that evoke time and place in subtle well crafted sentences this is not the book for you However if the Gilded Age of America is your cup of tea you may very well enjoy this bookThanks to Bellevue Literary Press and Edelweiss for an eArc

  6. Mike Davis says:

    Author Norman Lock is writer of a series of historical novels In Feast Day of the Cannibals he uses the characters of Herman Melville Samuel Clemens and others to examine them in light of what they contribute to our legacy of moral and ethical values in today's world The narrator is a man of no great repute who delivers what is essentially a soliloy to the architect of a great bridge and who is an invalid and captive listener The writing is in somewhat stilted English and yet imminently readable A very interesting work from a capable writer this one is worth reading

  7. Raghu Parthasarathy says:

    Historical fiction set in Gilded Age New York City where the narrator hangs out with Herman Melville Washington Roebling Brooklyn Bridge engineer and others An annoying book – so annoying I made it only about halfway through The incessant name dropping is bizarre Look there’s Thomas Edison Let’s mention President Garfield and also note that he was assassinated by disgruntled office seeker Charles Guiteau not that Guiteau is relevant to the story but because we’re not sure if we’re writing a novel or a Wikipedia page

  8. Elle says:

    Probably the fastest time I've abandoned a book Though the subject matter is right up my alley historical NY fiction or mystery I couldn't follow the dialogue since there were no uote marks Were they charging extra at the printers for uote marks Absurd to write in such a way

  9. Lisa says:

    Pure drudgery unfortunately

  10. David Rappoport says:

    As good as American literature gets A brilliant complex novel worthy of its literary subjects

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