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I have received a free copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.
This is the tragic story affecting two families, due to some misunderstandings and somebody prone to breed quarrels. Titus owns a successful restaurant called Big Butts Bar-B-Que. Sadly he has just lost two of his sons, one in killed in war and the other committed suicide after harming and disfiguring Anna, his girlfriend. To make things right for Anna and her mother Tamora, Titus proposes to marry his transexual son Look - Lavinia to Anna. It does not matter what Anna thinks, or the fact that Lavinia disagrees, or that Anna's brothers have a cunning hate for homosexuals. But this will only bring disgrace.
Knowing that this book is based in 'Titus Andronicus' by Shakespeare I was already expecting a gruesome tale, but I have to say that there was even more gore than I expected. The rape scene was one of the crudest I have seen in books, even though, some details were skipped.
The characters were really well portrayed, and their actions and dialogs felt natural. I found strange though, that Lavinia referred to him/herself as 'him', and everyone did the same. I would have expected him to address himself as 'she', since he changed his name from Look to Lavinia.
There are some plot differences between 'Titus Andronicus' and 'Feast' but on the whole it is a catchy story with very intense moments and some evil characters. It is difficult to justify Aaron or imagine why he acted like he did, but this part is common with the classic tragedy, and it is key to the whole story.
I really enjoyed Rick Gregory's narration of this book, impersonating each one of the characters making the story easy to follow. He also captured and transmitted all the emotions from the characters, which made from this a very good experience.
I have a little complaint, though, but I am not partial here. There is a sentence in Spanish in the book, and although it is grammatically correct, nobody would say it like it appears in the book. It is also not read correctly. I am sure this will not be perceived by 95% of listeners but it always bothers me when writers or narrators do not double check this kind of things, especially being so easy nowadays.
All in all it was a very entertaining listen, but stay away from it if you are too impressionable.
In this extreme horror story, inspired by Shakespeare's tragic play, "Titus Andronicus," Flowers gives us a slightly absurdist take of the classic tale of two devastated families hell-bent on revenge. This retelling requires some suspension of disbelief on the part of the reader, as the author weaves core elements of the classic play into a modern setting (instead of an empire, there is a BBQ joint at stake here). There are a few LGBTQ characters in the work, with Lavinia being the most dimensional and fully fleshed-out among them. I wish there had been a deeper exploration into the personal feelings and motivations of Tamora, as it was difficult for me to believe she felt any real grief over the tragic events (but maybe she didn't). Those familiar with Shakespeare's 'Titus' will already know that this is going to be an extremely gory and gruesome work. For those not familiar, be forewarned- "Feast" is not only fantastically, horrifically violent, but also graphically sexual. I think Shakespeare would've enjoyed it.
by Thomas S. Flowers
Whenever I open a story by Thomas S. Flowers, I don't know what theme, character, or plot to expect (the man's imagination is wide-ranging), but I do expect that the story, whatever it is, will be deep—and wide; rather like a river than a tiny crick. I also know that, like a river, deep within will be soil and grit and mud; personal and family secrets; and horrors unexpected. So too is FEAST, Mr. Flowers' latest, which commences with a bang (quite literally), unexpected and unplanned violence, and then delves really deep into the river of human unconsciousness. These individuals and families might be from a tiny patch in rural Texas, but their currents run very, very deep.
FEAST is subtitled “an extreme horror story,” which is factual; but I don't think it goes far enough. FEAST is dark, dark, dark. Just when you think, “can this situation turn any worse? Can these folks do anything more evil than what has already been accomplished?”, you learn that yes, it can be worse, and yes, it can be more evil. Oh, my; what folks won't do in the service of greed, not just for money, not just for flesh, but for fear of the unknown and fear of the “different,” out of misguided empathy, shame, guilt, and vengeance. There is much reflection here of classical Greek drama. Those Greek playwrights really understood how to reveal twisted human psyches. So does Thomas S. Flowers.
I expect I will have nightmares for quite some time. What a story!
The author generously provided a review copy at no cost, in digital format. This review constitutes my fair and impartial opinion.