Michael Patrick Brady


Behind the Moon | Madison Smartt Bell

June 8, 2017

My review of Behind the Moon by Madison Smartt Bell ran today in the Boston Globe.

An interesting premise undone by the book’s commitment to a “stream of unconsciousness.” I was very intrigued by the idea of someone getting lost inside the cave paintings of an ancient people, but Bell’s rendering of this surreal experience is more tedious than anything. I actually really enjoyed the more true-to-life chapters and how Bell depicted life in a small, run down South Dakota town. But eventually the two threads converge and the more grounded aspects of the narrative unravel. Bell took a risk, and in the end I don’t think it panned out.

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