We Eat Our Own

We Eat Our Own

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Baker & Taylor
"An ambitious debut novel by an original young writer, We Eat Our Own blurs the lines between life and art with the story of a film director's unthinkable experiment in the Amazon. When a nameless, 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. Entrepreneurial Americans, international drug traffickers, and M-19 guerillas are all fighting for South America's future--and the groups aren't as distinct as you might think. Theactor thought this would be a role that would change his life. Now he's worried if he'll survive it. Inspired by a true story from the annals of 1970s Italian horror film, and told in dazzlingly precise prose, We Eat Our Own is a resounding literary debut, a thrilling journey behind the scenes of a shocking film and a thoughtful commentary on violence and its repercussions"--

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A struggling 1970s New York actor accepts a film role recently vacated by another actor and begins to fear for his life on location in South America as the crew becomes enmeshed in the local shadow economy and the groups fighting there.
A struggling 1970s NYC actor accepts a film role recently vacated by another actor and begins to fear for his life on location in South America as the crew becomes inadvertently enmeshed in the mysterious, local shadow economy and the groups fighting there.

Simon and Schuster
An ambitious, stunning debut novel by an original young writer blurs the lines between life and art with the story of a film director’s unthinkable experiment in the Amazon—a place that holds deep, dark secrets of its own.

When a nameless, 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 Colombia, 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. Entrepreneurial Americans, international drug traffickers, and M-19 guerillas are all fighting for Colombia’s future—and the groups aren’t as distinct as you might think. The actor thought this would be a role that would change his life. Now he’s worried whether he’ll survive it.

Inspired by a true story from the annals of 1970s Italian horror film, and told in dazzlingly precise prose,We Eat Our Own is a resounding literary debut, a thrilling journey behind the scenes of a shocking film and a thoughtful commentary on violence and its repercussions.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2016
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781501128318
Branch Call Number: FIC WIL
Characteristics: 310 p. ;,24 cm.

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esheehy
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.

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santiano9
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.

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lukasevansherman
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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