The Lunatic

The Lunatic

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by Anthony C. Winkler
     
 

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In this outrageously out-of-order, hilarious novel, the reader discovers that lunacy is by no means restricted to the village madman, and that goodness and forgiveness may be rarer qualities, found in unexpected places.

Aloysius is tolerated by neighbors but forced to eke out a living by doing odd jobs, using the hospitable woodlands for shelter. He is starved of

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In this outrageously out-of-order, hilarious novel, the reader discovers that lunacy is by no means restricted to the village madman, and that goodness and forgiveness may be rarer qualities, found in unexpected places.

Aloysius is tolerated by neighbors but forced to eke out a living by doing odd jobs, using the hospitable woodlands for shelter. He is starved of human companionship; instead he has running conversations with trees and plants. Then love, or a peculiar version of it, comes to Aloysius in the form of a solidly built German lady, Inga Schmidt, who has come to Jamaica to photograph the flora and fauna.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A madman named Aloysius lives alone in the Jamaican bush until a German photojournalist named Inga snaps pic tures of him as he sleeps. She soon moves in with him, and their life to gether is filled with misunderstand ings, violence and much sex. In this tale of erotic fun in the sun, trees and animals are personifiedfor example, when Inga, in a fit of anger, bites a tree trunk, the tree cries in pain. But this fanciful novel also has a political edge: Inga comes to believe that poor Jamai cans should hate those who are rich, and she promotes an uprising. Al though The Lunatic can be read as a comic novel, it also can be considered a warning against both greed and apathy. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933354293
Publisher:
Akashic Books
Publication date:
06/01/2007
Pages:
210
Sales rank:
765,170
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Winkler was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1942. His first novel, The Painted Canoe, was published in 1984 to critical acclaim. This was followed by The Lunatic (1987), The Great Yacht Race (1992), Going Home to Teach (1995) and The Duppy (1997). A short story collection, The Annihilation of Fish and Other Stories, was published in 2004 by Macmillan.

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