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Lunar Attractions [Paperback]

Clark Blaise


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May 1 1990 Sherbrooke Street

David has always been special, attuned to the dark side of things, pulled toward the disturbing undercurrents beneath the slick surface of American life. As a whimsical, misunderstood boy growing up in the Florida backwoods, he maps out a reality less hostile than the snapping gators and insensitive school teachers of his rural home. As an adolescent he gets a shocking introduction to sensuality, a sexual initiation in stark contrast to the gentle first-kiss fantasies of teenaged dreams. Lunar Attractions brilliantly captures the manic nature of our times.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Porcupine's Quill (May 1 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0889841055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889841055
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 14.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 517 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,626,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Engaging, stirring and hard to put down ... a born storyteller ... a writer to savour.'

(The New York Times Book Review)

`The most ferocious and astonishing scene of adolescent sexual first contact ever written: in English: in fiction.'

(The National Review)

`At first Lunar Attractions looks like a very good first novel.... In fact, wow! It's terrific! And then, during one of the most surprising sex scenes you'll ever read in your life, it starts getting better.... Lunar Attractions has scenes like Emma being seduced by Rodolphe in Madame Bovary, or Julien stumbling across Europe battlefields in The Charterhouse of Parma, or Dean Moriary parking cars in On the Road.'

(The Los Angeles Times Book Review)

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`A spooky and wonderful book about growing up. I thought there were no new ways to write about adolescence, but Clark Blaise has proved me wrong.'

(Dan Wakefield)

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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
4.0 out of 5 stars A coming-of-age sexual shocker. Beautifully written; highly recommended Oct. 22 2013
By Timothy J. Bazzett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'm pleased that I searched out LUNAR ATTRACTIONS (1979), Clark Blaise's first novel, a book that has sadly, I suspect, been largely forgotten today. I recently read Blaise's fine literary memoir, I Had a Father: A Post-Modern Autobiography, which piqued my curiosity about his writing career. LUNAR ATTRACTIONS was a revelation. Highly autobiographical in nature, it tells the story of David Greenwood, son of Canadian parents, raised in the swamps of south central Florida. But Blaise's portrait of that area and its poorly educated, worm-ridden inhabitants bears little resemblance to, say, the Florida depicted by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in The Yearling (Aladdin Classics), or the cleaned-up terrain in the TV series, "Gentle Ben." An overweight, unathletic mama's boy who loves maps and memorizing things, David suffers the usual fears and uncertainties of childhood and then some. And then, when the family moves to a large Ohio city the awful pangs of adolescence and David's late-blooming sexual awakening take center stage. About this an early review from "The National Review" stated -

"The most ferocious and astonishing scene of adolescent sexual first contact ever written in English: in fiction"

Amen, brother. That comment says it all about one of the most pivotal scenes in the novel. Blaise's book is a story that builds slowly and artfully to the aforementioned sexual encounter, and then tries to make sense of it all as David continues his education, sexual and otherwise.

I suspect LUNAR ATTRACTIONS was considered a shocking novel in its day for its unusually frank treatment of sexual matters. Hell, it would probably be considered pretty shocking even today. But it works. It all fits within the framework of this unusual coming of age tale set in the early 1950s. Soon I'll have to try some of Blaise's short stories, but in the meantime I'll be thinking of this one for quite a while. Highly recommended.

- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, BOOKLOVER

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