Austin, TX (PRWEB) July 30, 2007
André Kesing has released 'I Am A Forgotten Man': Yuri's Odyssey, a tour-de-force of genre-bending tragicomedy. Odysseus' best friend was black (Homer, Odyssey 19.246-8). The story is his odyssey--ahead of his time and perpetually out of place--a novel innovatively told in the form of a film script in three acts. Act I: Europe ('She Musta Bin Somethin' Else'); Act II: Wanderings ('An Arbitrary Ass Of A God'); Act III: Amazonia ('All Wars Are Not For Helen'); and an Epilogue ('A Man Among Fish'). The cast of characters includes Eurybates (Yuri), Penelope (and Siren), Odysseus (Yuli), Menelaos, Agamemnon, Iphigeneia (and shepherd boy and Siren), Achilles, Captain Phoenix, Proteus, Thelonius, Marley, Miles, Dexter, Helen, Jobson, Polyphemus (a Cyclops), Calypso (also a Siren), Niobe, Chavez, Queen Politeia, and President Monica Magnacarta.
'I Am A Forgotten Man': Yuri's Odyssey, an epic fantasy set in a mythic past replete with monsters and nymphs, and yet a parable of the human condition which reflects what is ever-present, politically, spiritually and sexually, is available at Lulu (http://www.lulu.com). Lulu.com is a premier online marketplace that provides a platform for people to create, buy, sell and control digital content on demand.
'[the] book is wonderful. I laughed, I cried, I pumped my fist and said "f*** yeah!" There were moments of deep ambivalence and high transcendence … In short, it really had it all … "I am the pretext. The text is glory." From this phrase (as epigram) the imagination takes flight, laden with worlds … thank you, thank you for writing this.' (MC, Washington DC)
'a wonderful entertainment … definitely a story that should interest lots of readers and it has film possibilities … The story hops. There are many fine pieces of dialog and a delightful playful imagination …' (IA, Vancouver BC)
'[a] gem of a book … written as a script that's meant to be read (though what a fun movie it would make), [it] plays on the basic themes of the classic tale, but from the point of view of an essentially unknown character. It's really more about the musings of life and its meaning, from the lips of varied and interesting, almost modern, characters who have been thrust into unusual and fantastical situations. We are taken on a voyage across the seas, to distant lands that, while set in the past, mimic political debates currently being played out on our modern stage. The characters draw you in, to the point of both tears and laughs; you can't help but care deeply for them, for they represent all the complex facets of human existence. This is a highly entertaining and enjoyable read. At the same time, it urges you to examine life and the human condition, and take stock. I recommend it without reservation' (MBC, Austin TX)
Link to Publication*: http://www.lulu.com/forgottenman
André Kesing is the pen-name for an innovative Classical scholar who has published controversial and ground-breaking new theories of ancient Greek poetics, under his real name, at Oxford University Press. He received his Ph.D from the University of Chicago, and now lives in Austin, Texas. This is his first novel.
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