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Sebastian Horsley: the modern-day dandy

  • Jun 17, 2010
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Update: Sebastian Horsley passed early this morning, Thursday, June 17, 2010, as a result of an overdose.  May he rest in peace.

Initially, this book has the potential to provoke some strong emotions in people.  Some may call Horsley a lunatic, as most of his life choices have not been the norm. As he had (has) an extended drug history and a reputation for visiting brothels.  He refers to himself as a beast oppose to the priest that his mother said he could have been.  I know someone who was personally involved in Sebastian's life so I wasn't as shocked as most readers might find themselves reading this book.

I would recommend this read to anyone who wants to escape their mundane life and live on the wild side.  Sebastian, the self proclaimed dandy is quite the character.  He makes a lot of unbelievable claims, however, there were witnesses.  He even talks about the time he had himself crucified like Christ in the Philippines; which was recorded and has been featured on television.

I believe the message to take away with this book is to look at our culture, our modern-day lives.  Horsley openly lives out our shadow. He comes clean about his and our secret desires and wishes (some may even say fantasies) we have but never can express.  Dandy in the Underworld very much has a tongue in cheek quality about it.

Throughout this book, Horsley also references a lot of famous musicians and headliners.  I found that ironic as I mentioned above to look at our culture.  To say Sebastian has been influenced by these people would be an understatement because really he is like a walking and talking billboard for these people.


In the last few chapters of this book, Horsley seems to change his tone.  It becomes less about his crazy life and more of a reflection on it all.  There's a more present-day Horsley writing this part of the book; it's almost as the reader can really hear Sebastian speaking directly to them.

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June 17, 2010
Thanks for the update on the author...that you included with your review. I agree-- may he rest in peace.
 
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