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Anthony In the Desert
     

Anthony In the Desert

by G. Roger Denson
 
Anthony Anchor is the spoiled and wasted son of one of America's richest families. While serving as a gung-ho but careless pilot in the 1991 Persian Gulf War, he is shot down and tortured in the desert of Iraq. Rather than become broken by his captivity, Anthony awakens to a strange odyssey of the spirit, one marked by visions and voices, and his life is changed

Overview

Anthony Anchor is the spoiled and wasted son of one of America's richest families. While serving as a gung-ho but careless pilot in the 1991 Persian Gulf War, he is shot down and tortured in the desert of Iraq. Rather than become broken by his captivity, Anthony awakens to a strange odyssey of the spirit, one marked by visions and voices, and his life is changed forever.

After coming perilously close to death, Anthony is released from Iraq and brought by his father to work at the family's Manhattan bank. But the new Anthony would rather explore the world's mysticism and help the poor, and when it is discovered that he has not only given millions of the bank's money away to those in need, but also his entire trust of 50 million dollars, he is expelled from both his job and his family's palatial estate. Now homeless, dirty, and hungry on the streets, Anthony finds beauty in poverty and even takes perverse delight in being mugged. It is only after he forms a multiracial tribe of urban nomads, who take the names of cities from around the world while gathering the street people into a makeshift settlement on the piers of New York, that Anthony finds the meaningful existence and direction he craves.

Yet the war he cannot remember haunts him even as Anthony must now contend with the harassment of police and thugs alike. It's when the double-edged sword of fame strikes, and the world debates whether Anthony is a saint or insane that the torment weighing him down demands a turn of events that leads him back to Iraq and the climactic unfolding that awaits him during the 2003 American occupation.

Anthony in the Desert was originally a screenplay written and developed in 2000-2003, and which came near to being produced until the 2003 Iraq War made the story commercially unsalable.

Editorial Reviews

http://www.zimbio.com/Book+Reviews/articles/Ruzc-He22Hi/ANTHONY+DESERT+NOVEL+POST+IRAQ+OCCUPY+GENERATION - Anton Myles
A NOVEL FOR THE POST-IRAQ, OCCUPY GENERATION

Usually such metaphysical odyssey stories seem contrived and pretentious for driving an overriding moral, religious, or new age ideal. But Denson's refusal to settle into religious cliches, even spiritual identifications, make his odyssey seem both practical and credible. The wisdom and foresight of grounding the story in a reality we all share makes it possible for a wide audience to project the interpretation that they crave.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016717630
Publisher:
Oracle Books
Publication date:
03/30/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
152
File size:
129 KB

Meet the Author

G. Roger Denson (b. 1956), the author of the novels, VOICE OF FORCE and ANTHONY IN THE DESERT is best known for his cultural criticism on Huffington Post. But he is also the author of three screenplays: Anthony in the Desert (drama) 2000; Appalachian Angels (drama) 2001, and The Patient (metaphysical/suspense) 2003 which were honored variously by Paramount Pictures' Chesterfield Writer's Film Project, Mirimax Pictures' Project Greenlight; Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope; Kevin Spacey's Trigger Street; and The Screenwriter's Community.


Denson's feature and cover articles appeared in Art in America; Artbyte; Arts (all New York); Parkett (Zurich); Artscribe International (London); Flash Art (Milan); Bijutsu Techo (Tokyo); Trans>Arts,Culture,Media (Buenos Aires, Caracas, and New York); Kunstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin); Contemporanea (Turin, Italy); Tema Celeste (Syracuse, Italy); Acme Journal; M/E/A/N/I/N/G; Journal of Contemporary Art (all New York), and Duke University's Cultural Studies..

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