Reviewer Michelle Kaye Malsbury:
Michelle was born in Champaign, IL. Currently, she resides in Asheville, NC
and is in her second year of doctoral studies at Nova Southeastern
University in Ft. Lauderdale with specialization/concentration in
conflict resolution and peace studies. She has over six hundred
articles published on the web and one book published thus far with
many more in the wings. Hobbies include; reading, writing, music, and
playing with her Australian Cattle Dog, Abu.
Author: Sean Dixon, Author
Author: Sean Dixon, Author
Sean Dixon, author of The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal, hails from Toronto, Canada and has published articles for The Globe and Mail, This Magazine, Joyland, Canadian Theatre Review, Akashic Books-Noir Series, and Brick, a literary journal. (Back cover) In addition to writing Mr. Dixon also enjoys acting and playing the banjo.
The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal takes place over a period of a few months in 2003 in Montreal Canada where winter gives way to spring. Eight young people from various backgrounds, of various ages, and from both genders, convene weekly, sometimes more often, in order to re-enact the books they read. The book is narrated by two of these young people, Danielle and Jennifer, who also add in their take on things as they transpire.
Originally this work (The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal) was intended to be a play and you can see this (intention) as you read the novel. The Lacuna Cabal began in Montreal, Canada as a women’s forum for review of literary works. However, there is one character considering gender reassignment surgery and is currently male dressing as a female and two newcomers, both male who, hold leading parts, especially towards the middle-end of this tale, and one robot. (You will understand more about that if you select to read this book) The book being re-enacted in this novel between its participants is titled The Epic of Gilamesh and is widely supposed to be one of, if not the, oldest book in existence.
There are a variety of scenes in this book that they are reading (The Epic of Gilamesh) that have been specially selected for re-enactment. Some of those scenes go as planned and some simply go awry. The characters also tend to be experiencing a variety of emotions, not necessarily connected to the characters/roles they are play acting, along with these re-enactments based on what is going on in their own individual lives. The re-enactments have become a platform that has in turn helped them to get more in touch with who they are and what they want from life.
Sean Dixon weaves an interesting tale about how seemingly misfits with totally disjointed lifestyles and life experiences can come together in friendship and for a common cause (re-enactment of their books), even if haphazardly. His characters draw the reader in and make them hungry to see what happens next. The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal is widely imaginative, part comedy-part tragedy, and most likely entirely improbable, but I found it hard to put down and quite enjoyable too.
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