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Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall (1990 original; edició 1991)

de Neil Bartlett (Autor)

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Neil Bartlett's groundbreaking debut novel, now available as a Serpent's Tail classic, with a new introduction by the author; 'Stands head-and-shoulders above any British or American gay novel to have appeared in several years' Gay Times
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Títol:Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall
Autors:Neil Bartlett (Autor)
Informació:Dutton Adult (1991), 320 pages
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Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall de Neil Bartlett (1990)

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Very strange. ( )
  dale01 | Dec 20, 2020 |
Un libro strano, con una scrittura a tratti di difficile comprensione. Da un lato una storia d’amore intensa e violenta. Dall’altro la descrizione del periodo storico in cui andare in un locale gay era pericoloso. Nel testo sono tanti i cliché usati. Forse un segno del tempo. Ma per certi versi diventano quasi eccessivi e rendono il testo a tratti grottesco. Proverò a rileggerlo in futuro. ( )
  scaredda | Sep 16, 2018 |
One evening, a young man wandering around the city, in search of something but just what he doesn't yet know, happens upon a nightclub known as The Bar. The all-male clientele all agree that he is the most handsome man they've seen in a while, and because he's young, they simply call him Boy. The weeks pass with Boy becoming a regular patron, going home with a different man each night until Mother, the owner of the bar, guides him, teaches hm what he needs to know about finding his own identity in the sea of men. Mother also quietly guides him toward another bar patron, Older Man, otherwise known only as "O". As their relationship blossoms into courtship and marriage, mysterious letters from a man known to Boy as "Father" begin to slowly work their way between the the two.

I'm of two minds about this novel. I did not like Boy or O for the first two thirds of the book. Boy slept with anything that moved and was indifferent to the patrons of The Bar. That stopped once he met O, but even their relationship at the start was not easy to understand for me. It read as if O were abusive and Boy fell into a pattern of acceptance, as if that was how the gay world worked. The patrons of The Bar seemed to agree with him and did not bat an eye when Boy walked in with new bruises. As for the telling of the tale, I constantly questioned the narrator, who was supposedly a bar patron but knew more information and specific details about O and Boy's relationship than a mere patron should.

The last third of the book, though, brought a change to Boy. He became stronger, took charge and made O stand back to view him in a new light. This version of Boy -- more mature, more adult -- was the change that I needed and hoped for. I just had to wade through quite a bit of strangeness to get there. ( )
  ocgreg34 | Nov 5, 2013 |
I've read this book once before, a few years ago, but when I picked it up in the library about two months ago I couldn't remember anything about it. Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall tells the story of the elaborate courtship of O (for Older Man) and Boy, orchestrated by Madame/Mother who tends the Bar they both go to. The story is narrated by one of the others who go to the Bar and follow the progress of the romance from the sidelines. ( )
  mari_reads | Sep 10, 2006 |
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