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Un libro strano, con una scrittura a tratti di difficile comprensione Da un lato una storia d a intensa e violenta Dall altro la descrizione del periodo storico in cui andare in un locale gay era pericoloso Nel testo sono tanti i clich usati Forse un segno del tempo Ma per certi versi diventano quasi eccessivi e rendono il testo a tratti grottesco Prover a rileggerlo in futuro. 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 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 really happens.Bartlett s flowing narrative is on overdrive It seems in this, his first book, he hadn t yet learned how to reign it in, and there are many times when it just becomes a rambling incoherent mess These numerous jaunts take away from the already thin plot to the point that several times I found myself falling asleep trying to read the book.I like the author s strong pro gay tone, being openly gay and direct about it is never an issue I totally agree though with another reviewer who said that this book is better to contemplate than to actually read @DOWNLOAD EPUB Ê Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall ⚞ A deeply romantic evocation of gay life, this stunning first novel by celebrated British gay writer Neil Bartlett gives a tender, erotic, brutally explicit portrayal of love between men In a dark corner of the best bar in the city, two lovers fall into each other s arms The bar has been called many names, but it is now known simply as The Bar Its proprietor is the aging, still glamourous Madame Its clientele is gay The two who fall in love are Boy, a beautiful nineteen year old, and the handsome, forty something Older Man referred to as O by the regulars of The Bar This is the story of Boy s and O s courtship and marriage, of Madame s role in the affair, and of the man called Father, who threatens to come between them Searingly honest in its deception of gay culture and ritual, this gripping novel is at once a moving celebratiion of love and a stark picture of life for gay men today Spring break has finally allowed me to finish this, and I m very grateful for the break.I continue to be stunned by Neil Bartlett There s a hypnotic, erotic, and dream like element to his books that has convinced me that they are some of the best gay male novels available to readers Bartlett s books consistently map the intersections between violence, desire, and abjection in the lives of gay men, while they are also finely attuned to the works of earlier gay writers The tributes to The Pict Spring break has finally allowed me to finish this, and I m very grateful for the break.I continue to be stunned by Neil Bartlett There s a hypnotic, erotic, and dream like element to his books that has convinced me that they are some of the best gay male novels available to readers Bartlett s books consistently map the intersections between violence, desire, and abjection in the lives of gay men, while they are also finely attuned to the works of earlier gay writers The tributes to The Picture of Dorian Gray that one finds here are beautiful, while the mysterious figures of Father and Mother that become central to the narrative deserve their own novels Bartlett s readers will experience stupefaction from his work s strangeness, anticipation around his characters sexual exploits, fear impending violence against vulnerable gay men, and admiration for the lyricism of a frankly aestheticist passage As I was reading Ready, I was repeatedly uncertain about why I was reading, but I knew that I had to keep going, almost as if unraveling the story meant unraveling something about myself I could keep gushing, but really, the point of a good review on goodreads is to get you to read the book In this case, if you re interested in fiction about sexuality or in gay novels, this is a must read I m not sure I ll have manyconcrete things to say until I ve read this again or, alternatively, recovered from its spell 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. 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 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, gossipy queen living vicariously through the Boy O affair A vague hint of danger runs through the novel as the narrator mentions every chapter or two that another gay bashing has occurred in the bar s vicinity The bar is portrayed as its own, highly insulated subculture, where customersor less worship Madame, the old drag queen who runs the business and nightly performs her signature tune, All of me, why not take all of me The book may have some value for evoking the atmosphere of closeted gay bars in the pre AIDS decades But by the end of the novel, I was thinking of another old standard, that of Peggy Lee Is that all there is 2,5 starsIn the depths of the night, in a little place simply called the Bar , two men meet and start a passionate affair under the watchful eye of the Bar s patron, the mysterious and enigmatic Madame.This book was, to be honest, somewhat underwhelming.It has some truly powerful turns of phrase, some parts that are breathtaking in their beauty, but most of the book feels like a lot of filler for these smaller bits And, as another reviewer pointed out, the summary you read on the back of the 2,5 starsIn the depths of the night, in a little place simply called the Bar , two men meet and start a passionate affair under the watchful eye of the Bar s patron, the mysterious and enigmatic Madame.This book was, to be honest, somewhat underwhelming.It has some truly powerful turns of phrase, some parts that are breathtaking in their beauty, but most of the book feels like a lot of filler for these smaller bits And, as another reviewer pointed out, the summary you read on the back of the book pretty much gives you the entire plot.Seriously, that s it.Additionally, as some of the other reviewers here also point out, Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall is rife with clich s.And I get that this is done on purpose The clich s are there to make a point But still, when you fill a book with clich s, no matter how badly you want to use them to underline your message, the book is still going to end up being well, quite frankly, a little boring Perhaps particularly for readers like myself who for the most part prefer character driven plots.I think this is why it took me so long to read this A 300 page book normally wouldn t take methan a week to read, this took two It was simply very difficult to get into, because the often painfully stylized nature of the descriptions, particularly of the characters, made them nearly impossible to relate to, made the situations nearly impossible to relate to.And yes, okay I m not a gay man living in London in the 80s, so there are naturally parts of this book that it will be difficult for me to connect with on a personal level, still, a well developed character can almost always make the reader feel a bond with him her, even if that character s situation is nowhere close to the reader s own This bond is never created here.So what did I like Well, the atmosphere of the Bar is interesting, and though, as mentioned, the characters in the story are overly stylized and, let s face it, charicatured, an obsessive focus on physical beauty often overshadowing actual character development, this does have an effect in certain parts of the book When developments in these characters lives are put next to descriptions of attacks against the community, one understands the need for flamboyance, for overtness, for pride These parts of the book are powerful.Madame Mother is a fascinating character who plays a pivotal role in getting O and Boy together Her motivations for this are vague, though they seem to orbit the near worshipful appreciation of beauty that permeates much of what happens in the Bar She, too, falls prey to the author s need to stylize everything, but through her actions she is permittedof a personality than any of her patrons.The narrator is also interesting The reader is never made privy to his identity, but he is known to be another patron of the Bar He speaks of his motivations for relating this tale in flowing terms that also seem to revolve around the theme of beauty, but because we don t know anything about him, and because we know he is clearly a very partial storyteller, he becomes a fascinatingly unreliable narrator He even admits this himself, often imagining situations and scenes he hasn t actually witnessed, though presenting them in such a way that we are, I think, supposed to believe they happened as he imagines they did.In other words, there are, as mentioned, parts of this story that are interesting, and I think the novel might have been as well, had the characters and their motivations beendeveloped and subject to less clich.In addition, had the book been 150 pages shorter, I think it might actually have been a very powerful, beautiful image of a minority culture in the midst of a socially and physically traumatic time As it is, the book is too long for its very limited plot, and this, sadly, makes for slow, often dull reading This is a boring book It is trying so hard to be something, using literary techniques like directly labelling the chracters instead of using names and making various homages to previous good gay literature It is, however, boring I quit half way through, and then decided to complete it while on a holiday It s just a boring re enactment of some stylized and sterotypical 1980s gay life Nothing is to be learned in this book I usually don t bother with writing reviews, but I would want to dis This is a boring book It is trying so hard to be something, using literary techniques like directly labelling the chracters instead of using names and making various homages to previous good gay literature It is, however, boring I quit half way through, and then decided to complete it while on a holiday It s just a boring re enactment of some stylized and sterotypical 1980s gay life Nothing is to be learned in this book I usually don t bother with writing reviews, but I would want to dissuade anyone from trying to plough through it In some ways the writing is very good, but that doesn t make up for a vacuous and uninteresting story 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 wor 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 of the book the bar, the apartment, the city feel vibrant and alive The characters, the dishy narrator, the book s sense of mission, and the occasional elements of magical realism all drew me in and made me fall in love with the book 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 IMDb 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 entertainme 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 IMDb 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, watching them was about as pleasant as dragging my fingernail down a blackboard whilst being anally probed by Anjem Choudrey Bone wearyingly long establishing shots of some nameless, badly shaved guy walking somewhere or other Dialogue that makes you want to invent a virus that prevents the human race speaking ever Ahhh And then there are books like this And people defend it saying it s a product of its times and can t be judged against modern gay novels Really That s like saying Wilkie Collins The Woman in White brilliant thriller can t be judged against Harry Quebert my hand still shakes from repressed fury at wasting money on that total pile of garbage I wonder if it could be a defence in a court if found downloading books illegally to say the crime would be actually having to pay for them If that defence ever gets accepted, this book would qualify