Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall #(2022)
- Title: Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall
- Author: Neil Bartlett
- ISBN: 9781852422059
- Page: 424
- Format: None
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this often fearfully stark novel seeks to boil down the clich s and stand bys of queer fiction into a mini universe composed solely of archetypes and living metaphors the problem with this is obvious a clich is a clich is a clich nonetheless, the writing is strong and the late entrance of the oddly dithering, disturbingly ambiguous, potentially catalytic character Father manages to force genuine, human emotion into what at times appears to be something of a gay brecht for beginners overall, int [...]
The first time I read this book in college I couldn t get into it, but I loved it the second time around I think what threw me the first time was the intensity and even violence in O and Boy s relationship, which I think shocked me back in college and soured me on the book But on a second read I feel like I understand what Neil Bartlett was going for, and his portrayal of the relationship between the two characters feels very full, rich and powerful Bartlett does a great job of making the world [...]
I m thinking of petitioning Goodread to bring in a 0 star category.If they do, I d downgrade this one I read this many years ago but it sticks in my mind as one of the worst books I ve ever read.Boring doesn t even describe this horrible mess.I think it s symptomatic of gay related books and movies I recently went through a list on of best gay movies and got hold of them Dear God Why should gay writing and gay film making not be held to account the same as any mainstream entertainment Seriously, [...]
I am very glad I read Bartlett s Skin Lane first.That book is one of my favourites Unfortunately it led me then to this one.This book seemed to have everything going for it, nameless characters, as in Skin Lane, referred to here as O and Boy Bartlett s poetic writing style is as always on display A plot that sounds interesting.What you find as you get in to the book is that the plot described on the back cover is the entire plot Two men meet and fall in love at a local pub Nothing else much real [...]
I found it a struggle to finish this book, although the plot did gain interest in the final 50 pages or so It s an improbable tale of mutual sexual obsession between an older man, identified only as O and a youth of about 20, identified only as Boy Most of the action takes place in and around a London gay bar, and the tale is narrated by another regular bar patron, who remains anonymous We learn nothing about the narrator, or his own feelings, but can surmise from his tone that he is an older, g [...]
Brilliant book No spoilers if I say that largely nothing happens, you don t even get to know the names of the main characters and you know nothing of the narrator The atmosphere, the story, the writing, all is beautiful and gripping I have never read anything like it and strongly recommend it.
A wonderful book exploring gay life and the then imagined future of same sex marriage Full of larger than life and fully formed characters and a wonderful sense of community.
Gave up after 120 pages as it really wasn t going anywhere but wallowing in a couples happiness and who wants to read about that, whatever the gender
Scholar, playwright and HIV AIDs activist Bartlett shoots for universal truths of other ed experience in this, his most famous novel Ready to Catch Him is written in a lyrical, almost dreamlike style that trades heavily in symbolism and historical allusion to create its setting and characters Boy arrives in an unnamed metropolis from Anytown, Anywhere and immediately finds a community of men who share his desire for love, sex and connection These men congregate in The Bar the place has a name, b [...]
This book gives a stunning representation of gay life in 1980s Britain Bartlett s writing pulls you into the love affair between a 19 year old boy and an older, very experienced man Their evolving relationship is witnessed and celebrated by other men at the clandestine Bar, whose head is a woman known as mother Bartlett gives a deep, romantic, realistic view of homosexual love, and wisely incorporates bits of reality to shatter any preconceived notion of perfection as he describes attacks agains [...]
The older younger gay relationship is illustrated as two gays meet in a bar somewhere in Britain O being the older and boy, the younger A tender and beautiful relationship evolves and most of it takes place in this neighbourhood bar where the the matron is called Mom There are stage performances if you wish.An underlying sub plot is the murdering of gay men.This is a tender, poignant story of two people who cannot believe that they have found each other and in a final scene they want to express [...]
reminded me of Angels in America and the books by Jonas Gardell, although I should say I liked the other books This book shows a positive side and the ending is happy it can be called a celebration of homosexual love took me a while to finish the book The middle part wasn t that interesting and dragged on and on.
I read this book when it first came out At the time there was really nothing like it in print It was one of the books that really made me want to be a writer, and yet, I really wouldn t like it now It s got three stars for what he did when he did it But, now, I think gay readers need different examples of what love is This model is outdated and doesn t do us much good any.
Liked this Was impressed by combination of poetry and fact that it was written like a guy telling a story in a bar found everything very yes, immediate Also approved of Londonness Thought the strongest part was where the Boy brought his Father home and how they dealt with that.
good story, psychological thriller after Boy meets his counterpart and the other major character, simply named O , but couldn t quite get into it completely for some reasonwill probably be something I will want to read again later
Brilliant, sui generis The names of the characters made me cringe for the first few pages so was unprepared for it s powerful, elliptical, beautifully written journey through gay history via one bar and two men.
stopped reading not resonating
There were times I wanted to throw this book against the wall You will probably hate it I finished it because I fell in love with the main characters, Boy and O, and I didn t want to let them go.
This is the story of two men who meet, fall, in love and get married It is from a British author The language and imagery is beautiful Highly recommended.
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