Narcisa: Our Lady of Ashes

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  • Title: Narcisa: Our Lady of Ashes
  • Author: Jonathan Shaw
  • ISBN: 9780062354990
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Paperback
  • According to Johnny Depp, If Hubert Selby Jr Charles Bukowski, Ernest Hemingway, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Neil Cassady, Dr Hunter S Thompson, the Marquis de Sade, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Edward Teach, Charley Parker, Iggy Pop, Louis Ferdinand Celine, R Crumb, Robert Williams, Joe Coleman, Dashiell Hammett, E.M Cioran and all of the Three StoogesAccording to Johnny Depp, If Hubert Selby Jr Charles Bukowski, Ernest Hemingway, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Neil Cassady, Dr Hunter S Thompson, the Marquis de Sade, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Edward Teach, Charley Parker, Iggy Pop, Louis Ferdinand Celine, R Crumb, Robert Williams, Joe Coleman, Dashiell Hammett, E.M Cioran and all of the Three Stooges had all been involved in some greasy, shameful, evil whorehouse orgy, Jonathan Shaw would surely be its diabolical, reprobate spawn This first novel by Shaw, the internationally acclaimed tattoo artist and son of jazz legend Artie Shaw, unfolds in the wild backwaters of Rio de Janeiro and New York, where narrator Cigano attempts in vain to curb the unhinged habits of his lover Narcisa As they navigate the chaos of her spiraling life of drugs, burglaries and violent mood swings, Cigano records a love affair doomed by sociopathy With a fan base that includes Lydia Lunch who provides an introduction , Depp, Jim Jarmusch and Iggy Pop, it is already a much anticipated debut.

    One thought on “Narcisa: Our Lady of Ashes”

    1. I am trying to read this book. But I can't help but wonder why. It sits under my bed with the other six books I am "trying" to read, although I've read more of Narcisa than the others. Once in awhile I'll pull it out, read a chapter, look at where I am and then wonder how Shaw can keep writing on this same subject for another 250 pages. The non-codependent side of me just wants him to run away, dump the girl, move on and count himself lucky he still has some sense of sanity. The codependent side [...]

    2. I love this book even though reading it has been painful. It holds up a mirror to my own co-dependency and makes me realize just how bad it could possibly be and makes me thankful that things never got that far with my personal Narcisa. Still, the fact that the book can evoke so much emotion while I read it: anger, yearning, sadness, remorse and regret makes it a book worth reading (IMHO). I understand that a lot of people won't be able to relate to what is happening in this novel and will proba [...]

    3. This is one of the toughest books I've ever read. 600 pages long, it is one long cycle of sex, fighting, drugs and addiction. When you reach the end of the book you are pretty much in the same place as the beginning. I feel knackered after reaching the end, at times I had to put the book down and rest, the characters suffer from sleep deprivation at times and I seriously think this book made me feel that. Narcisa is a horrible hurricane of a character, she destroys everything she touches and I'm [...]

    4. “Between us, there always seemed to exist some deeper identification, born of a deep, unspoken bond; an underlying sense of kinship. It was as if loving Narcisa was like loving some wayward, feral strand of myself; a distorted funhouse mirror image of my own brutalised, mangled, forgotten inner child, restructured into rude juvenile delinquent female form, with a crooked, charismatic smile of mischief at the end of her fuzzy pink tongue.”Jonathan Shaw’s Narcisa is a classic tale of addicti [...]

    5. I saw Jonathan Shaw do an event at The Last Bookstore in downtown LA. He had a band performing while he read and it was one of the most unique readings I've ever attended. It was my first exposure to his work and it was clear to me that he has been influenced by some of the world's best emotive poetry. It was a a haunting experience and something I'll never forget.There's been a lot of comparisons to Shaw by the press and other reviewers. Rolling Stone called him, "The next Bukowski". And there [...]

    6. If paper was a drug, beware Narcissa, lest you discover your addictive beast in the reading of these pages. Not since the first time reading Kerouac or Bukowski have I felt so helpless to put a book aside. I will echo many other reviewers in that this is not for the meek or mild- a hell ride that makes one run for the beginning of the line to do it all over again (perhaps the bit of Cigano in all of us), Mr. Shaw shouts to our demons and cozens us with brutal reality. A MUST read!!!

    7. First off, I would just like to thank HarperCollins (and the author if he happened to be involved) for sending me this ARC for an honest review through a giveaway.The premise on the back of the book is probably the most action packed part of this story- it promises the reader a kick-ass story about a "motorcycle-riding, nomadic outlaw poet" and a "crack-smoking philosopher prostitute". This I feel is very misleading. The beginning of the book grabbed my attention in an instant with the very fir [...]

    8. UGH!!! I tore thru this so quickly in 48 hours and then ran into the shower after finishing this book. I had to cleanse myself of all sins, to rejoice in my somewhat calm, loving, successful and steady normalcy of present life.That being said, I have known, loved and LOST quite a few Narcisa's in my life. You never forget them. You never stop caring. They are an ever present pain you feel in your heart.I worked along side them for years in the ever pleasant "meat factory", forced to watch them d [...]

    9. If you, like Johnny Depp apparently, are the kind of person who prides yourself on liking things that are depraved and "diabolical" then you'll probably love this book, and good for you, I guess, you do you. A lot of this book's descriptions felt like it was relying on shock value (I can't find the quote right now, but the one that comes to mind is when he used a simile that was something along the lines of "like semen [but probably a more vulgar word] running down the face of a molested child") [...]

    10. A solid 5-star must-read, Narcisa is unique, thought provoking and drips withseedy realism on every page. I am a Jonathan Shaw fan for life!Narcisa: Our Lady Of Ashes is a gripping page turner of the highest magnitude.Master storyteller, Jonathan Shaw takes us on a deliciously disturbing free fall into the very bowels of Hell, weaving a terrifying tapestry of black souls & broken minds, vice and unbridled destruction.Narcisa makes Dante's Inferno look tame by comparison. I recommend this boo [...]

    11. This is the journal of a trip over the edge that somehow still manages to keep a tiny glimmer of hope alive inside the wreckage it depicts. All the frontal lobe examinations in the world delineated into this raucously depraved journey to the center of love. It shows its scars and it may charge you a scar for the ride, but the stories you get to tell if you make it back, they will be really something to behold.

    12. This book is in my top 20 books of all time.(I should try to compile such a list sometime, though I imagine it would be like trying to lick my own elbow.) This is the 2nd time I read this book. The first time i finished it was some eight or so years ago, and I already thought then that it was GOOD. Overwhelming so. I was taken in by Shaw's explosive, streaming, steaming SEWAGE of raw text, images and emotions. My one complaint was-- why so long? Why dissect for 300 odd pages what could have been [...]

    13. Wow, this book is one hell of a wild ride, pulling you into the adventures of two people with different addictions. Being addicted to drugs is bad enough, but being addicted to another person is a recipe for disaster. Mr. Shaw's style of writing really brings this book to life. It's an in-your-face narrative about drugs, inner demons, self destruction, obsession, salvation, and love. It invokes so many different emotions with every turn of the page, and I loved every moment of it. Well written, [...]

    14. I won this book from a Giveaway. As a BIG Thank you to Author and Website i am going to give an honest review in my Own Opinion.The Author is very descriptive.This book has a loud vulgar Tone.I rather enjoyed reading this book fowl mouthed and all.I have "E'sheet" caved into my brain.This book you could say is a twisted one side love story.This story takes place in Rio.Things seem far different from the world i am use to. Narcisa introduced slithering her way into this storyline.She is imaged a [...]

    15. “The man's Eros does not lead upward only but downward into the uncanny dark world of Hecate and Kalie understanding possessed by this type of woman will be a guiding star to him in the darkness and seemingly unending mazes of life. ” Carl JungNARCISA – OUR LADY OF ASHES by Jonathan Shaw is a journey through the nightmarish and surreal terrain of mad love from which there is no happily ever after—it will only break your soul. Welcome to the age of the Kali Yuga, the age of iron, the danc [...]

    16. Jonathan Shaw is a real writer who doesn't intend to be anyone but who he is. Reading his book Narcisa: Our Lady of Ashes I could feel his intense persona on each page and in each character. This dark tale drags us to a world which could be a common place for me, but instead it holds our attention for being surprisingly about a love story. Love and addiction. Cigano and Narcisa living a tale of the bright and the dark side of the moon in one impossible eclipse.One of my favorite book. This timel [...]

    17. Narcisa is invigorating, arresting, intoxicatingly REAL, transporting an unexpecting voyeur to a pleasurable nightmarish landscapeercely accurate and unstoppably rigid in it's reflection, although seemingly current with everchanging viscious tides, witnessing painful beauty in its surreal focus of recognition. Narcisa is a champion of tragedy, yet still oddly, seethingly charming in it's telling

    18. Astonishing new voice in the english language. I was amazed that what is, essentially, a single-subject book could hold my interest so totally. Couldn't wait to find out what happens to these two extraordinary characters. Now I understand why any available copies are pricey - and I can't wait to see what Jonathan Shaw writes next!

    19. This is one of the most overrated, worst books I ever read. It is almost 600 pgs of the same scenario over & over & over. I hope I never hear or read the phrase "Ha! Chigano!" again. I will never believe anyone even likes this book, much less recommends it. He could have written it in 10 pgs or less.

    20. Jonathan Shaw's Narcisa: Our Lady of Ashes, withholds a bizarre and twisted love story that only Jonathan himself, could pull off. He has the mind of Kerouac, with the slang of Bukowski. One of my favorite books, and one of my favorite writers. Unforgettable.

    21. Shaw is an excellent writer but the subject, whoa. Mostly disturbing so I wouldn't really recommend it to anyone. Yet some of the writing was so beautiful and evocative that I kept with it.

    22. Nada menos interesante que un escritor. Escritor entendido no como alguien que escribe, ni siquiera alguien que vive de lo que escribe o que es reconocido por escribir, sino escritor como esa institución, sancionada por críticos y académicos, que representa el aburrimiento vital del que sigue las pautas exactas para ser reconocido por esa gente. Esos escritores escribiendo literatura realista, neo-rural, concienciada o cualquier otra etiqueta que corresponda según las modas o las épocas, de [...]

    23. I really thought I was going to finish Narcisa. I was fresh off of "Memoirs of a Beatnik" by Diane DiPrima, an absolute eye opener for a Beat scholar like myself, and saw Narcisa in the long line of this style of literature. I got to about page 200 so it's not like I didn't read anything, and Shaw's prose especially at the beginning, or in his best passages, is truly lyrical in the best outsider tradition, and he's no doubt a poet of the highest caliber. The problem with "Narcisa" is that there [...]

    24. Escribir Narcisa, de acuerdo con Jonathan Shaw, fue como una operación delicada sin anestesia. Es un descenso continuo al infierno, caída en espiral, escrita por alguien que ya lo conoce, que ha estado ahí. Una novela de amor autodestructivo, obsesivo y enfermo, ¿qué gran amor no lo es?, entre Narcisa e Ignácio, en el que Shaw y su narrador, Cigano, oscilan entre el odio, la rabia y el amor más puro e infantil. Cada frase es un dardo envenenado, que pica sí, pero adormece suavemente porq [...]

    25. I've read this book before! It's like Lolita-meets-Tristessa and is so unnecessarily long. If Kerouac can manage to tell a similar tale in 90 pages, your editor should have helped you to do the same. I get that it's supposed to be a fucked up tale of codependency and the repeated nature of this "relationship" mirrors abusive situations, however this could have been demonstrated in half the amount of pages. I think Shaw has a promising voice, but this book annoyed me more than it enticed me.I am [...]

    26. Es un libro entretenido, aunque me costó leerlo. A veces da la impresión de que son fragmentos pegados más que un libro, ya que algunos pasajes son bien similares. puede ser que debió haber sido más corto, pero por otro lado su longitud se corresponde con las escenas casi surrealistas que relata.No soy experto, pero pareciera reflejar lo que es la adicción a la droga.

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