HorsesDaily's Book Club - Flame Vine: His Voices (The Hearing Voices Series)


 

Half a love story from the 20th century, its foot on the gas of American existentialism. The South Florida life of Aubrey Shallcross - car dealer / saloon singer / rodeo rider / poet, with his anthology of friends called the Blue Goose Bunch.

Born predisposed to a split mind or what medicine calls schizophrenia, he is nevertheless high functioning and appears normal like many people with hallucinations. Through the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, Aubrey walks over the music, drugs, love life, impressionism and upsurges of gorgeous accompanied by occasional hellish founders when a figure called the Slim Hand raids his mind.

Follow him from the Belle Glade cane fields to the Indian River on the coast, where he goes under his wing with the spoonbills to dream. Experience his ontic struggle with Catholicism and atheism trying to understand who he is, tutored as a child by the voice in his head he mistakes for a Catholic angel, but then is transitioned into a separate non-religious phenomena he is able to see.

At the edge of town is his older friend, Sonny, adamantly protective of Aubrey and the Blue Goose Bunch. Sonny is a secretive man, who lives a life addicted to huffing Freon and vigilante murder.

Reviews -

"Porter has a fine sense of the sublime...rich patois...effectively display the author's gifts for characterization and dialogue." - Kirkus Reviews

this book will be a favorite: it sticks to you after you have put it down." -




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