Narcisa: Our Lady of Ashes : a Tale of Love and Terror

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Heartworm Press, 2008 - Fiction - 360 pages
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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 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.

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NARCISA: Our Lady of Ashes

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The ugly saga of the relationship between a self-professed outlaw and a psychotic crack whore.This drug-fueled, Beat-influenced slab of a novel arrives with a bizarre pedigree. Tattoo artist-turned ... Read full review

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Narcisa: Our Lady of Ashes is a true Master Piece; it is worth reading more than once. Well done Jonathon Shaw!!
Readers beware, as this book brings virtual reality of
today’s world, this is no fairy tale. “Narcisa” brings a true definition to addiction, abandonment, betrayal, self-abuse, passion, patience, and longsuffering, but most of all unconditional love, as he takes you venturing the gates of hell, in hopes of landing with his love in heavenly places.
I have to say bravo, Jonathan Shaw, you are a man of exceptional talent and courage. Thank you for sharing such a deep emotional wounds, as you draw us right into experience the insane reality of our cruel perverted society, in which disfigures minds and souls, creating such monsters, misfits and dysfunctional beings.
Shaw exhibits his skillful ability to bring his writing to life vividly and emotionally. Hold on tight as you venture into his twisted, sick, desperate love graze mind, added with excruciating detail of his aching heart, as it is being chopped in to bits and pieces by is swashbuckling princess. As she hangs from a thread of sanity she swings into crazy, relentless, bizarre, yet witty schemes to suffice her path of destruction. As he displays his fight of faith and hope, with his compassionate heart; he packs around this mutilated cocoon patiently waiting for her to emerge into a beautiful butterfly and fly.
I laughed to the point of tears over his display of morbid thoughts of revenge, “been there”, I especially liked the “change purse” idea. I was enthralled with tears, as I easily related well with both characters, he exposes the reality of our lives that have been formed through the cruelty of our devouring society; which deeply wounds to our souls. Jonathon Shaw sheds infinite light, reminding me that each act in which we encounter or display can have a profound effect upon our souls, as I am still shed my monstrous suit of armor. Narcisa should be a required reading for all adults that breathe and then answering the question, am I the cause or affect? Are we the one with the look of disgust upon the broken, the Gucci tourist, old man doc, the abused, the abuser, the codependent, the addict, or the judge of that young beauty standing in the street with her panties around her ankles screaming I am “Gee-rool.” We are all guilty. Linda,‘Pirate Princess”


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