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Sonny's Guerrillas: A Novella Paperback – June 24, 2011
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More About the Author
Asprey's work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Senses of Cinema, Crime Factory, PopMatters, Island, Extempore, and Over My Dead Body! His novellas Red Hills of Africa (2009), Sonny's Guerrillas (2011), Angelique in San Francisco (2012), and Lewis and Loeb (2013) are available in paperback and ebook formats, as is the story chapbook To Murder My Love Is A Crime!: Stories of Desperate Men (2011).
Through his imprint Sydney Samizdat Press, Asprey edited the anthology Jack London: San Francisco Stories and the three-volume edition of Joseph Conrad's stories and novellas The Sea, The Earth, And All Men.
In 2011 Matthew Asprey graduated with a PhD in Media Studies at Macquarie University in Sydney. He has lectured extensively on cinema and creative writing and is presently an Honorary Academic at Macquarie at work on a study of Orson Welles.
Top Customer Reviews
Having read this work online when it came out last year, finally getting the book shouldn't have made much difference to my reading experience of the story. However, when the glossy blue and white paperback written by the Sydney writer and academic pulled in at the mailbox, inevitably though surprisingly the reception differed from my first encounter, heightening the poignancy of the underground/backpacker tale.
While Sonny, an underground director, calls the film a Hellenic For Whom the Bell Tolls, filmed with a skeletal cast and crew for peanuts, Asprey's writing echo's Hemingway's own with the quick, stripped down prose, with each sentence jumping to the next:
`Sonny was trying to tie everything together- politics, race, history, sex. A grand synthesis. He needed four minutes of music. I liked the guy, so I put aside my dissertation and wrote the score one weekend. I scored for 4 flutes, oboe, 2 bassoons, a bass clarinet, vibes and a harp'.
The narrator, a semi-autobiographical caricature of the author, is hired by Sonny to compose the soundtrack for an ultra-low budget guerrilla film being shot on location on the island of Katastari in Greece. When the riots break out, the shoot goes to hell, and the narrator navigates his way through while trying to make money and love.Read more ›