The Moon Canopy

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Fred Feldman’s first novel, The Moon Canopy, is a vivid portrayal of life in SOHO during the early 1970s. An inviting studio apartment on Chrystie Street attracts an offbeat artist named Geronimo Sabat and a middle class Jewish gallery girl.

Sabat, without a penny to his name, declares himself renter of the apartment. Along the way, he begins an off-kilter courtship with Leah, an aspiring artist in her own right. Their love affair blossoms ...

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Overview

Fred Feldman’s first novel, The Moon Canopy, is a vivid portrayal of life in SOHO during the early 1970s. An inviting studio apartment on Chrystie Street attracts an offbeat artist named Geronimo Sabat and a middle class Jewish gallery girl.

Sabat, without a penny to his name, declares himself renter of the apartment. Along the way, he begins an off-kilter courtship with Leah, an aspiring artist in her own right. Their love affair blossoms under the weary eye of Saltzman, owner of the building and unwanted father figure to Leah.

As time passes, their love raises many questions about art, life, race, class, and coming of age.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595420360
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/21/2006
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 0.48 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2007

    A reviewer

    Speaking as someone who recently threw caution in to the wind in a lousy economy and moved out on my own against more sensible advice, I must say I could not have read this book at a better time. While the sequence of events in itself is unique to the characters in Feldman's piece I think everyone will find something they can identify with or simply admire in each character. For me it occurred pretty early on identifying with Leah's need to see what she could do on her own, while admiring Sabat's stubborn idealism and incessant risk taking that I all but abandoned when I graduated college and feel that I cannot very well afford to do now that I am on my own. His style of writing makes it pretty clear that Feldman excels in theater - I have never read a book before that I thought might fare better as a play. This of course is one of the major strengths of the book. Indeed, Feldman's descriptive ability is a unique one and while I had no possibility of relating to the plot - born in the 80s with zero knowledge of SOHO in the 70s - I found that his writing ability made that lacking on my part a moot point. It also happens to be a short book. Someone once told me that brevity, while still communicating comprehensibly, is the sign of a fine writer. And in today's day where pulpy murder mysteries and boy wizards dominate the Times bestseller list, The Moon Canopy stands out as something very different and very accessible to the average reader. A great book for a commute or the beach. I'd love to see more of Feldman's nostalgic style of historical fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2007

    Quite An Accomplishment

    The book, the story, and the characters were all quite an accomplishment. The story was very real and I could see different versions of it being played out in real life back in the 1950's and even today. I imagine that accomplishing this project took an incredible amount of perseverance and ability.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2007

    Fast read

    This book paints New Yorkers, quirky and likable, all who go through a personal journey. Sabat goes through an artist's journey that gets more and more riveting. Even I who don't usually read found it hard to put down. If you ever had an artistic inclination but never took it on fully, this story might just tempt you to dabble.

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