We Eat Our Own

We Eat Our Own

Book - 2016
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"When a struggling actor in 1970s New York gets the call that an enigmatic director wants him for an art film set in the Amazon, he doesn't hesitate: he flies to South America, no questions asked. He quickly realizes he's made a mistake. He's replacing another actor who quit after seeing the script--a script the director now claims doesn't exist. The movie is over budget. The production team seems headed for a breakdown. The air is so wet that the celluloid film disintegrates. But what the actor doesn't realize is that the greatest threat might be the town itself, and the mysterious shadow economy that powers this remote jungle outpost"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2016.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501128318
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 24 cm


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May 01, 2017

I think a movie based on this book about the making of Cannibal Holocaust could be highly entertaining. A behind the scenes look at the making of a horror classic intertwined with actual jungle terror from guerilla rebels to man-eating fish.

KateHillier Jan 24, 2017

This book is heavily influenced by the film Cannibal Holocaust so if you've ever seen it, or are aware of the reaction upon its release, there won't be too many surprises for you here. A bizarre approach to filmmaking, no script, a highly questionable political climate. This is clearly a recipe for success.

This book gets a bit confusing and all over the place but it also is one of the better uses of second person narration I've seen. There's something to be said for that at least.

Dec 14, 2016

A good story with great tension well maintained in an interesting setting. Characters are believable and I read it right through to the end....always a good sign! I would recommend for a light story well told.

Nov 17, 2016

One of the more singular debut novels of the year, Kea Wilson's "We Eat Our Own" (maybe my favorite novel title of 2016) is inspired by the notorious exploitation film "Cannibal Holocaust." A slightly mad Italian director who speaks very little English arrives in Colombia with his polyglot cast and crew to make a sex and blood soaked film. Throw in drug cartels, rebels, and a clueless American actor and you have one of the more perverse and original novels I've read this year. Wilson switches points of view, even writing part of the novel in second person, and splices together various plot strands in a way that can be confusing, but is never boring. The film crew going mad in the jungle also has a bit of a Werner Herzog quality to it, which is never a bad thing. Contrary to the prior review, I really liked it and would recommend it to readers looking for something a little different; something literary, but also badly behaved.

cathyf3 Oct 06, 2016

I thought this would be better.
However it is a story based on filming a massacre story in the Amazon jungle. It seems the story is based on Cannible Holocaust. No, I have never seen this film. It seems the director is not concerned about the well being of the indians.
The story jumps from a safe house in Bogota then you jump to the jungle. They all eventually meet near the end.


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