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Wild Animus: A Novel (Paperback)
by Rich Shapero

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From Publishers Weekly
Shapero unwisely uses the prologue of his debut novel to divulge the ending, so the remaining 300 pages do little more than track one man's tedious journey toward acid-induced madness. Drug dealer Sam Altman, an unhappy and lonely student at the University of California–Berkeley in the late 1960s, meets and falls in love with equally unhappy and lonely Lindy at an antiwar protest. Attempting to evade arrest for drug dealing, the couple flee to Washington State, where Sam's chronic use of LSD leads him to cut himself off from his friends, change his name to Ransom and yearn to become "a fur-covered shaman, a wild ram-man, chanting the liturgy of surrender." The pair end up in Alaska, where she waitresses to support him while he writes a novel, masquerades as a mountain ram and imagines he's being chased by a rout of wolves. Though Ransom's hallucinations worsen by the day, Lindy and his few remaining friends are too intimidated by his behavior and unhappy themselves to intervene, leaving him to his tragic and inevitable end (which, of course, has already been divulged). Shapero does have a talent for vivid imagery, but this is still just a sad tale of a man whose drug addiction drives him and everyone around him crazy.
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From AudioFile
Rich Shapero's first novel--about an acid-head in the sixties who believes he's a half-man/half-ram shaman--is missing the steady hand of an experienced editor. Exploring one's primitive side can make for great literature, but this book is a plodding polemic. The writing style is self-important, and the characters, like chess pieces, exist solely to advance metaphysical points of view. Perhaps an abridgment would have helped. Peter Coyote, no stranger to the sixties, somehow manages to squeeze life into lines like "I want our love to be my religion" and "where the molten heart is always flowing." But, overall, this book weighs too heavily even on his capable shoulders. R.W.S. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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