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Ruby and the stone age diet

Author: Martin Millar
Publisher: New York : Soft Skull Press ; [Berkeley, CA] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Two eccentric London squatters--one pining for an ex-girlfriend that left only a plant behind, the other who never wears shoes even in the dead of winter--provide each other with the support and friendship they each desperately need.
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Millar
ISBN: 9781593762322 1593762321
OCLC Number: 406173708
Notes: Originally published as: Ruby and the stoneage diet. London: Fourth estate, 1989.
Description: 152 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Martin Millar.
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Two eccentric London squatters--one pining for an ex-girlfriend that left only a plant behind, the other who never wears shoes even in the dead of winter--provide each other with the support and friendship they each desperately need.

From now on," Ruby says to her friend, the narrator, "We're going on the Stone Age diet. It means we only eat the sort of healthy things our ancestors would have eaten. Raw grains and fruits and stuff like that. Thats what our bodies are made for." An admirable plan, but Ruby never eats, and the narrator's attention span doesn't lend itself to routine. He's too busy pining for his ex-girlfriend Cis, who broke up with him and left him with self-pity and a plant: an Aphrodite Cactus that, when it flowers, is supposed to seal the love of the giver to the receiver, according to Ruby. Ruby, who never wears any shoes (even in the dead of winter). Though lovelorn and lonely, the narrator's life is rich with myth, demons, werewolves, gods and goddesses; everything is imbued with a spirit. There's Helena, goddess of electric guitar players; Ascanazl, an ancient and powerful Inca spirit who looks after lonely people; Shumash the sun god; the war and sexuality goddess Astarte; the muse Clio. In fact the only thing stronger and more sustaining than the narrator's fantasy life is his friendship with Ruby--the kind of friendship a body is made for.

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