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Re: What good book have you read lately? (New or old)
« Reply #3915 on: May 15, 2019, 05:10:10 PM »
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Re: What good book have you read lately? (New or old)
« Reply #3916 on: June 10, 2019, 07:17:11 AM »
A recently unknown love poem by Siegfried Sassoon has been discovered, written to the 20-year-old Glen Byam Shaw, who became an actor and director. The affair didn’t last long, but they remained friends, with Sassoon attending Byam Shaw’s wedding. Sassoon of course had several gay relationships, though he also got married, as was expected at that time (and still sometimes today :()

The poem is in the article.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/09/student-discovers-new-siegfried-sassoon-love-poem

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Re: What good book have you read lately? (New or old)
« Reply #3917 on: June 10, 2019, 11:23:40 PM »
It's a lovely poem, Sara. And what luck on the students part!
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Re: What good book have you read lately? (New or old)
« Reply #3918 on: June 11, 2019, 09:33:15 AM »
I decided that this summer I would read my way through the set of Brother Cadfael mysteries. I enjoyed them, but I haven't re-read them in decades, so the stories are new to me once again.

After I read them, I'm afraid they will have to go to recycling. They're all mass-market paperbacks and so old that the paper has gone brown and everything is brittle. Last week I read the first novel, A Morbid Taste for Bones, and the back cover broke into three pieces and then fell off.

If anyone is inclined to ask, No, I did not like the television series that was made from the books. I like Derek Jacobi, but I did not like him at all as Brother Cadfael, so much that I didn't even watch all the shows. Of course I blame the script writer(s), not Jacobi. Maybe I'm being unfair, or just plain wrong, but the Brother Cadfael of the television dramatizations just did not comport with the mental image I had of him after reading all the books.

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Re: What good book have you read lately? (New or old)
« Reply #3919 on: July 01, 2019, 03:15:34 AM »
Slightly vague memories of both the books and tv series. I think I did like both, but after a bit I found them a little samey, and I had enough of the heroines being so sweet and good. This may be unfair, as it was a long time ago! I always like Derek Jacobi.

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Re: What good book have you read lately? (New or old)
« Reply #3920 on: July 01, 2019, 03:18:35 AM »
I’ve just been checking on the CMBYB sequel, André Aciman’s Find Me. It’s not coming out till 29 October now, and I’ll have to decide between the hardback and Kindle, as the paperback isn’t till next October. :(

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Re: What good book have you read lately? (New or old)
« Reply #3921 on: July 04, 2019, 10:29:03 AM »

Currently, I'm reading Joyce Carol Oates' novel SOLSTICE from the mid-80s. A very rewarding read. About a weird relationship between two adult women (one's a widow, one's divorced) in a small town in Pennsylvania.
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Re: What good book have you read lately? (New or old)
« Reply #3922 on: July 17, 2019, 06:50:22 PM »
https://huxleyparlour.com/the-afghan-girl/

Last w/e....I finally acquired a book I always longed to have..." National Geographic:
The Photographs". This ^^^ is the world famous picture taken by Steve McCurry...
simply called " The Afghan Girl" which is on the front cover.....on the back cover
is a picture of the same girl...but taken 17 years later. Still with the same fearful
look in her eyes. The book is crammed with unbelievable photographs. I do love
photography books...and exhibitions but they are usually ONLY on in London and
the books are usually sooooo expensive. But....as I said I acquired this book this
w/e....found in an Oxfam shop for £3  :o
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part of the world has not moved...since he left.

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Re: What good book have you read lately? (New or old)
« Reply #3923 on: September 19, 2019, 02:55:37 AM »
Australian gay novelist and activist journalist Neal Drinnan moved from Sydney in 2012 and opened his Cow Lick bookshop in conservative Colac, a country town of some 12 000 people where there was no gay community, on the Princes Highway about 140 kilometres southwest of Melbourne.

Bob Perry became a voracious-reader customer. Bob is 71. He lives and works on his farm at Carlisle River in the beautiful Otway Ranges south of Colac. He signaled his gay identity to Neal.

One day, he arrived with a great pile of papers and photos, saying "I've got a story for you" and asked Neal to write it.

For 10 years, Bob Perry was in a secret relationship with Darcy Wettenhall, a leading Corriedale sheep breeder who was pathologically terrified of his homosexuality being exposed. (Bob identified with Brokeback Mountain when he saw the film.) They had first met at a riverbank homosexual beat in the city of Geelong at a time when Bob, a bank branch manager, having realised he is gay, had separated from his wife and children. His commitment to supporting them meant he was living alone in poverty in a caravan park in Geelong. He didn't know any gay people.

Darcy took him in as an employee of his Stanbury sheep stud in the Barabool Hills just west of Geelong. Bob comes from a farming family. Darcy settled him rent free in a separate house which had been Bob's childhood home before his father retired and Darcy bought the Perry farm.

When the relationship broke down, Bob left and moved to Melbourne and new gay relationships in 1991.

In March 1992, Wayne Walton, a 42-year-old, drunken, drug-affected, thieving ex-prisoner Darcy had picked up from the Salvation Army's Gill Memorial Home for homeless men in Melbourne and employed, drove to the stud with a new girlfriend in the wee small hours and confronted the enraged Darcy. He got hold of the farm guns and killed Darcy, his 23-year old son Guy and his second cousin by marriage 81 year-old Janet Wettenhall.

Due to his expert knowledge of the business, Bob was asked by the family to keep the stud going until the livestock and the stud were sold. He had also been appointed a co-executor of his will by young Guy. Bob was surprised to find Janet Wettenhall had included him in her will.

Having met Neal Drinnan two decades later and wishing to encourage unhappy, closeted gays in the rural Western District, Bob wanted the story told, especially as by then, all the people connected with Darcy Wettenhall had died and there had been many sensational aspects of the story in the media that were not true.

The result is The Devil's Grip: A True Story of Shame, Sheep and Shotguns.

The book is more than a true crime story. The murders were not simple hate crimes, nor was it a robbery gone wrong. The devil's grip is not satanic, but a genetic defect in sheep. Darcy Wettenhall was a very complex character, influenced by his traumatic childhood, family dynamics and fears.

The Devil's Grip is what the 50-something Neal Drinnan calls a "divergent narrative" as it alternates between subjective and objective modes. Working with Bob and other informants to write Bob and Darcy's stories prompted him to reflect on and reassess his own life and evolution in the social context of all our lives and the effects of shame and fear. He writes of the effects of not facing up to and not talking about crucially important things on them and other homosexual men in the class-ridden rural Western District and Australia more generally over the last several decades.

This absorbing book gives us a lot of insights and food for thought.

One of the wonderful outcomes of the collaboration between Neal Drinnan and Bob Perry is the friendship that that grew between them and the farmer partner Peter who Neal lives with at Inverleigh.



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Re: What good book have you read lately? (New or old)
« Reply #3924 on: September 19, 2019, 03:54:02 AM »
^^^ Sounds very interesting read!!   I'll check it out on Amazon!  V.

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Re: What good book have you read lately? (New or old)
« Reply #3925 on: November 02, 2019, 11:27:43 PM »
Although I was part of our Brokeback Forum Book Club and joined in the discussion of the late Patricia Nell Warren's famous trilogy, The Front Runner, Harlan's Race and Billy's Boy, I hadn't read her 1976 novel, The Fancy Dancer, until I came across it a couple of weeks ago, (BTW, it seems that she completed the manuscript of a fourth novel about Harlan Brown and there are hopes of it being published.)

Apparently The Fancy Dancer was the first bestseller to portray a gay Catholic priest and explore gay life in a small American town.

The first person narrator, Father Tom Meeker is in his first post as curate assisting a conservative older parish priest at the indebted St Mary's Church in the small rural town of Cottonwood, Montana in 1976. One Saturday, he is intrigued by the appearance of the very different Vidal Stump in church. Vidal is a wild man, a tough ex-prisoner, about the same age as Tom. He works as a mechanic, roars around on a big motorbike, getting into drunken brawls. Vidal comes to confession drunk and high on weed, but doesn't reveal his sin. Tom undertakes to counsel him and try to keep him out of prison. It is in a later meeting that he tells Tom he is gay. Tom spends more and more time with Vidal over the summer and what happens between them radically challenges the young priest.

Vidal is of Blackfeet descent. He is an accomplished dancer of the Fancy Dance, the virtuoso dance developed by First Nations people after their traditional ceremonial dances were banned.

The fictional town of Cottonwood and the surrounding country which is described in interestingly rich historical, geographic, economic and social detail is a stand-in for the the real town of Deer Lodge where Patricia Nell Warren grew up on her family's ranch. Fr Tom Meeker, his Jesuit confessor in Helena and other varied and interesting characters were inspired by people she knew. As a student, she converted to Catholicism and studied at Catholic colleges.

Reading Vidal's gay magazines, Tom finds out about Dignity, the organisation of gay Catholics and their allies. The author drew on their ideas and activities for her story. I daresay, The Fancy Dancer would be helpful for struggling gay Catholic readers. It challenges, without preaching, the oppressive aspects of Christian doctrine and offers an inclusive interpretation.

The denouement of the novel came as a surprise to me. It is not a tragedy. I found it absorbing and very readable.

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« Reply #3926 on: November 03, 2019, 01:57:17 AM »
Thanks, Tony. I’ve only read The Front Runner, and that’s a long time ago, and you’ve made me think I should reread it and then try some of PNW’s other books.

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Re: What good book have you read lately? (New or old)
« Reply #3927 on: November 03, 2019, 01:43:35 AM »
I' ve put The Fancy Dancer on my reading list for Christmas holidays. It sounds very interesting.
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Re: What good book have you read lately? (New or old)
« Reply #3928 on: November 03, 2019, 06:38:46 AM »
^^^ WOW ""  "The Front Runner" is explicitly linked to PNW much like AP to BBM.   IDK she had written other interesting novels.  Hmmm  reading list!   It's amazing what you learn around here.. V.

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« Reply #3929 on: November 03, 2019, 01:35:48 PM »
^^^ WOW ""  "The Front Runner" is explicitly linked to PNW much like AP to BBM.   IDK she had written other interesting novels.  Hmmm  reading list!   It's amazing what you learn around here.. V.

Reading a couple of obituaries, I discovered PNW wrote several more novels, some of which centre on gay characters and themes, others of which do not.