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Tender: A Novel de Belinda McKeon
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Tender: A Novel (edició 2017)

de Belinda McKeon (Autor)

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Catherine and James are as close as two friends could ever be. They meet in Dublin in the late 1990s, she a college student, he a fledgling artist - both recent arrivals from rural communities, coming of age in a city which is teeming - or so they are told - with new freedoms, new possibilities. Catherine has never met anyone quite like James. Talented, quick-witted, adventurous and charismatic, he helps Catherine to open her eyes, to take on life with more gusto than she has ever before known how to do. But while Catherine's horizons are expanding, James's own life is becoming a prison: as changed as the new Ireland may be, it is still not a place in which he feels able to be himself. Catherine desperately wants to help, but as life begins to take the friends in different directions, she discovers that there is a perilously fine line between helping someone and hurting them further. And when crisis hits, Catherine must face difficult truths not just about her closest bond - but about herself. From the author of the multi-award-winning debut Solace comes another dazzling exploration of the complexities of human relationships, a novel about friendship and youth, about selfhood and sexuality, about the lies we tell ourselves and the lies we are taught to tell. Brave, moving and powerfully told, Tender confirms Belinda McKeon's status as one of the most exciting contemporary voices in Irish fiction.… (més)
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Títol:Tender: A Novel
Autors:Belinda McKeon (Autor)
Informació:Lee Boudreaux / Back Bay Books (2017), Edition: Reprint, 416 pages
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  snakes6 | Aug 25, 2020 |
This is a story of two immature people in a difficult relationship in the late 20th century. Catherine finds herself attracted to, and then dependent on, a gay man. She constantly behaves in a way she regrets and doesn't fully understand. I can completely accept review opinions along the lines of: "this was 400 pages of annoying, self-centred, destructive behaviour". Catherine certainly doesn't seem like someone I would like to know. But Belinda McKeon has done a pretty good job of creating such a character, and for painting a picture of Irish university life in the late 20th century. Being gay is never going to be easy in this largely homophobic society, and we do get a sense of the difficulty of negotiating a path to a good relationship through the many and varied obstacles. I didn't really understand what made Catherine into the girl that we meet, but I guess that's a situation we're always encountering. I behave in ways I don't like too....why? The ending of the book really makes the preceding 400 pages of reading worthwhile. And the author photograph by Alen MacWeeney is one of the best I've seen. ( )
  oldblack | Jul 4, 2018 |
I'm not sure why I even finished this. Catherine, a student at Dublin University, falls in love with James, who is gay. This goes on for nearly 400 pages. Catherine is totally self-centred and the worst friend ever (to all her friends). The one star is for the scenes with Catherine's parents ( )
  pgchuis | Aug 29, 2017 |
A beauty of a book. Tender, possessive and bruising. ( )
  chronic | Mar 23, 2017 |
Catherine Reilly is a childish, self-centered 18-year old when, in 1997 Dublin, she meets James Flynn. She is immediately drawn to him, in part because he is gay, and she likes being someone who has a gay friend. Homosexuality had just been decriminalized in Ireland in 1995, and it was still very outré to be associated with someone gay, much lest have someone gay as “a best friend.” Catherine couldn’t stop telling everyone James was gay, even though he himself did not feel it safe to be “out.” She wanted both to protect her status as eligible to other men, and to promote her status as someone who was “on the cutting edge,” as well as open and accepting.

Inside, however, Catherine was not really as open and accepting as she pretended. She warred with conflicting emotions throughout her close relationship with James. She was embarrassed by him, but she wanted him to want to be only with her; she was appalled by him, and increasingly attracted to him. Especially, she could not bear to see him happy with anyone else. In fact, she became obsessed with him, and manipulated him into having sex with her. James, who felt lonely and hurting, had to close his eyes when he was intimate with Catherine, but Catherine was convinced he felt the same love for her that she did for him.

After a tragic event which ensues when Catherine, acting out of jealousy and spite, betrays James horribly, the action moves to New York City in 2012.

Evaluation: Catherine is so selfish and destructive that it’s hard to warm up to her (but admittedly, the author does an outstanding job at transmitting her emotional state to the reader). I also didn’t really like the ending, although I’m not sure I understood all of it either. ( )
  nbmars | Dec 1, 2016 |
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Catherine and James are as close as two friends could ever be. They meet in Dublin in the late 1990s, she a college student, he a fledgling artist - both recent arrivals from rural communities, coming of age in a city which is teeming - or so they are told - with new freedoms, new possibilities. Catherine has never met anyone quite like James. Talented, quick-witted, adventurous and charismatic, he helps Catherine to open her eyes, to take on life with more gusto than she has ever before known how to do. But while Catherine's horizons are expanding, James's own life is becoming a prison: as changed as the new Ireland may be, it is still not a place in which he feels able to be himself. Catherine desperately wants to help, but as life begins to take the friends in different directions, she discovers that there is a perilously fine line between helping someone and hurting them further. And when crisis hits, Catherine must face difficult truths not just about her closest bond - but about herself. From the author of the multi-award-winning debut Solace comes another dazzling exploration of the complexities of human relationships, a novel about friendship and youth, about selfhood and sexuality, about the lies we tell ourselves and the lies we are taught to tell. Brave, moving and powerfully told, Tender confirms Belinda McKeon's status as one of the most exciting contemporary voices in Irish fiction.

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