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In Defense of the Moth or A Meaningless Dance in Blinding Heat and Light by Johnny Newport

In Defense of the Moth or A Meaningless Dance in Blinding Heat and Light by Johnny Newport, reviewed by On My Kindle

Genre: Contemporary Literature
Format: eBook, Print
Date Published: January 15, 2016
Source: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.


In Defense of the Moth is the mostly internal dialogue of Johnny Gomez; a slightly self-centered amateur astronomer, part-time father, and small business owner. 

Johnny is obsessed with the moon, and takes every opportunity that he can to observe it; until one night when it vanishes from his view. A number of physical maladies that would obscure his view of the moon flash through his mind as he begins to realize that the focus of his obsession may permanently evade him. 

Once the panic and depression that followed this realization subsided, Johnny begins to take stock of his life and realizes that it is a mess. In the absence of his obsession, Johnny realizes how much time he has on his hands; he decides to use this abundance of free time to re-prioritize and straighten up his life.


In Defense of the Moth, from my point of view, is a coming-of-age novel. It is not a coming-of-age novel in the sense that it is an angst-ridden, young adult novel; instead, it is the period of time during which all humans come to realize that we are full-fledged adults with responsibilities, and our mortality whacks us upside the head. 

Readers follow Johnny's movements and his rapid-fire thoughts as he wanders a path that leads him from being a self-centered, oblivious, and carefree young man to becoming a self-aware adult who realizes that his life does not revolve around the moon. 

Some may find the book humorous, but I really did not find it funny. I guess that I recognized what Johnny was going through and remembered how tough it was for me to make the transition from young adulthood to adulthood.

This is not your average novel with a well-defined plot and setting; the plot is life, and the setting is Johnny's mind. Newport's writing has an eloquence and effortlessness that made me want to learn more about Johnny immediately, even though I thought Johnny was a bit of an idiot in the beginning. It is also very realistic; I had to check Amazon to see if what I was reading was an autobiography, or if it was fiction. 

Given the mixed reviews, I was not too sure how I would feel about In Defense of the Moth; however, I found it poignant and enjoyable. If this is his debut in the literary world, I am anxious to see what else Newport has in store for readers.

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