Days by Moonlight

Narrated by: André Alexis
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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Botanist Alfred Homer, ever hopeful and constantly surprised, is invited on a road trip by his parents’ friend, Professor Morgan Bruno, who wants company as he tries to unearth the story of the mysterious poet John Skennen. But this is no ordinary road trip. Alfred and the Professor encounter towns where Black residents speak only in sign language and towns that hold indigenous parades; it is a land of house burnings, werewolves, and witches. 

Days by Moonlight is a Dantesque journey taken during the “hour of the wolf”, that time of day when the sun is setting and the traveller can’t tell the difference between dog and wolf. And it asks that perpetual question: how do we know the things we know are real, and what is real anyway?

©2019 André Alexis (P)2019 Coach House Books

Critic Reviews

“Alexis handles the material with a skill and adroitness readers have come to expect from him, along with a subtextual complexity that belies the straightforwardness of the surface narrative.” (Toronto Star)

“A great novel doesn’t try to answer questions, but, like Days by Moonlight, complicates them. It’s for the reader to puzzle over.” (The Globe and Mail

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  • 10-27-19

Quixotic magical realism.

Beautifully narrated by the author. I am delighted I stumbled upon this dive into Magical realism that seems to have many lessons for today. I’m also glad to have read it before Rushdie’s Quichotte, on my impending reading list as this also has Don Quixote ( et al) inspiration.

The reimagined Ontario might be particularly interesting to those who know the area:, I was left wondering if any of the place choices are simply reimagined or if their is a subtext of irony on how each place was reimagined that I am missing.