Lunar Attractions Paperback – May 1 1990
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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)
`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) See all Product Description
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"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