The International Writers Magazine: Review of 'Eduardo Aquifer
and the great tanning incident'
University of West Alabama
ISBN: 1-931982-23-6 $14.95
Image if Jeffrey Goines, aka Brad Pitt in Twelve Monkeys
wrote a novel. It would be crazy, sprinkled with incredible lucid
passages that make perfect sense and then hed go and riff
off in a completely other direction and wed be left behind,
lost on the shore of his madness.
Reading Edward Aquifer, a new first novel by Jeff Hunt is a lot
like that. At once exhilarating, captivating, irritating and pretty
much readable all the time.
a series of short stories, it is a novel; a series of events one schizophrenic
character has with his imaginary friends -and sometimes the writer himself,
getting through mundane jobs snapping in and out of reality. The strange
friends pop up when the going gets tough but sometimes, such as when
he is working in the fields of Texas, putting in fence posts, we rest
awhile in an utterly believable moment, right alongside him, wiping
the sweat from our brow. And then we are away again, lusting after uber-girl,
the incredible girl of his dreams who seems to be an amalgam of every
incredible girl that ever lived and is a shapeshifter as well.
Jeff Hunt has always wanted to be a writer and he is well on his way
with this effort. This is compelling and at the same time almost seems
to be an anti-thesis to American Splendour. Whilst Harvey Pekar celebrates
the utter banality of existence, Jeff Hunt faced with the same difficulties
of making a living and finding places to eat or sleep, adds psychotic
drama to it all to make it seem romantic and sometimes a little squalid.
Such as the time is his trying sleep in his soaking wet sleeping bag
by a Swiss motorway and some guy comes along and tries to piss on him.
The romance of travel it is not.
What is the cause of Eduardo Aquifers madness? And what
will the effect be? Whats gotten into this one? Dr Reilly
We meet some strange characters. Way native Indian, restless, looking
to avenge his ancient tribes, the somewhat never actually makes a full
appearance Uber-girl, the psychiatrist Dr Reilly and the mysterious
Always well written and the pace is frenetic. This is a novel about
being lost in space in Texas and Europe and the cracks between it all.
You wont read anything more fresh or more alive or more surprising
© Sam North Feb 2004
the First Chapter of Eduardo Aquifer here
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