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Feast Day of the Cannibals

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In the sixth stand-alone book in The American Novels series, Shelby Ross, a merchant ruined by the depression of 1873–79, is hired as a New York City Custom House appraiser under inspector Herman Melville, the embittered, forgotten author of Moby-Dick. On the docks, Ross befriends a genial young man and makes an enemy of a despicable one, who attempts to destroy them by in ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 16th 2019 by Bellevue Literary Press
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Nancy
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Norman Lock's sixth book in the American Novel Series delves into the ugly side of the Gilded Age.

With a window view of the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, Shelby Ross visits his old friend Washington Robling, who is incapacitated, his capable wife overseeing the construction of the bridge his father designed. Ross tells his sad story to Robling, his fall from fortune forcing him to seek work, and the events that led to his imprisonment.

Having lost his business in the depression, Ross foun
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Tonstant Weader
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Feast Day of the Cannibals is the sixth in the American Novels series by Norman Lock at Bellevue Literary Press. It tells the story of Shelby Ross, a formerly wealthy man whose been bankrupted by a depression. He’s hired to work at New York City’s customs house under the supervision of Herman Melville. Like most people at the time, Ross had no idea Melville was a great author, his books were long forgotten and dismissed.

Two other colleagues are important to the story. First, there is the gentle
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Jane
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Brilliant evocation of the sordidness of the Gilded Age through the monologue of an appraiser at the U.S. Customs House in New York City, Shelby Ross, given to Washington Roebling, incapacitated [and, in this novel, silent,] builder of the Brooklyn Bridge. Definition: An appraiser checked the cargoes of various merchant ships coming into New York Harbor and assessed any tax to be paid. We follow the progress of the bridge being built, through Roebling's 2nd floor window. The failed novelist, Her ...more
Pamela
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it
This book had such potential. Lovers of historical fiction would have loved this book if the author hadn’t gotten lost in his own prose. The disgraced Shelby Ross who lost everything in the depression of 1873-1879 visits his friend Washington Roebling, the house-bound chief engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Lock’s book begins to bog down when he turns his attention to the “conversation” between Roebling, who doesn’t participate in the conversation, and Ross who does all the talking – at least so
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Kaylyn
May 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
I won this book through the LibraryThing April giveaway to review. I only made it about 1/3 of the way. I didn’t like the monologue format.
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Norman Lock has written novels, short fiction, and poetry as well as stage plays, dramas for German radio, a film for The American Film Institute, and scenarios for video-art installations. His plays have been produced in the U.S., Germany, at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival, and in Turkey. His work has been tra
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