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Extent into the ole of the narrator and can make one uestion how autobiographical the novel is though as I already stated I do not see the lurid topics as being endorsed by the author just because the apparent lengths he goes to identify himself with the narrator we learn at the end that the narrator s eal NAME IS MATTHEW THE SAME AS THE AUTHOR S is Matthew the same as the author s The best eason for eading this book is in a manner of speaking the
story telling contained within versus the story being told Even for telling contained within versus the story being told Even for gay male eaders the plot will be a bit creepy and it also is a plot that Nomadische Lebenswelten Und Zarische Politik: Der Aufstand In Zentralasien 1916 rambles about a bit then lacks detail where additional detail could well be favored and appreciated Stadler can freakin write of that there is no doubt He seems in places better suited however to the short story than full novel and I ve notead any of his later novels so I cannot fairly comment on whether his plot building has improved Despite this the book is still an easy and solid four stars It s charming and awe inspiring in how lyrical how deft it is on most pages Stadler though it was not his debut novel certainly lacked the ability in places to not appear a bit unseemly and giddy over the fact he was in fact writing a
Novel There S Too There s too cloying fascination of this type in several aspects but again it s not enough damage to The Crimson Thread: A Retelling of Rumpelstiltskin remove a single star from a stellar work I just found myself liking the book wishing it were longer but also wishing the author had been as adept in the plot construction as the nuts and bolts In this case the devil was in fact not in the details but instead in the blueprints The author is an EXCELLENT writer There is no uestion about that I think what is missing here is the flow It s not a book where you finish each chapter and you have to keepeading You can set it on a tableand uite possibly wait a year to pick it up again The story is The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog's Life Quality and Longevity relatively simple with a few eyebrowaisers here there The writers writing is the only thing that captures the No Beast So Fierce: The Terrifying True Story of the Champawat Tiger, the Deadliest Animal in History reader me I d highlyecommend this author Close to the Land: The Way We Lived in North Carolina, 1820-1870 read the book THE HOURS by Michael Cunningham or MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA or THE NOTORIOUS DR AUGUSTthen you llead a story that flows I m not sure if it was the book or just me but this seemed like a Berlayar di Pamor Badik rather unmemorableead It was sort of like the homosexual L Great story if you want to ead about a pedophile creeping on boys on both sides of the Atlantic I wish I could ve gotten out of it but nope Stadler does an incredible job in creating vivid imagery and utilizing language to create some of the most beautiful language I ve ever come across However I felt that the narrative was very taxing to plod throughand the content was personally horrifying to me which is a eflection of my own discomfort than on the writer s talent Politically I wonder how this book won the LAMDA Literacy Award when it portrays homosexuals as predatorswhich I Münchhausen's Pigtail, or Psychotherapy Reality realize can be the case as in any sexual orientationbut in my mind would be like giving a Coretta Scott King Award to a book about a black manaping a Southern white lady What this book DOES do very effectively is engage internal discussion about this topic which. A student the teacher travels to Paris under an assumed name that of his best friend Herbert In Paris Herbert becomes enchanted by Stephane a fifteen year old boy As he unravels the gilded but sad childhood of Allan Stein Herbert is haunt. ,
Read twice in succession Absolutely loved it The greatest combination of nonfiction and fiction I ve ead Hard to tell where his prose takes up and others leaves off And the most sensual sexual development since Lolita This is a gay male Lolita Lovely One of my friends has failed to eturn my hardback copy You know who you are Locate my name stamped on the inside front cover and
return it now or face dire conseuences Please Allan Stein is one of the most profoundly difficult novels to approachit now or face dire conseuences Please Allan Stein is one of the most profoundly difficult novels to approach a eader or Migrant Resistance in Contemporary Europe reviewer The primary theme that a gay man in early middle age who is a teacher is attracted to boys in their mid teens is certainly going to disturb many people and the novel is thus often described as a gayetelling of Lolita There s a lot that can be said on that front alone but the foremost thing to note is that this is fiction the topic of inter generational love and sex should not be seen as the author endorsing such practices any so than claiming PD James endorses murder by writing whodunits It is however an interesting topic in a novel and one that allows for plot devices that
are uniue and challenge the The Violinist and The Son of Redhead: Two Plays by Leonard Melfi reader s emotions in ways that a typicalomance would not Beyond that the ethics ofuniue and challenge the Fairy Tales are True: Silent Reach from the Dunes to the Khumba Mela reader s emotions in ways that a typicalomance would not Beyond that the ethics of man teen Galaxies in the Universe: An Introduction relationship are the tip of the iceberg here with uestions of identity and morality as the narrator travels from the Pacific Northwest to France under an assumed identity on a mission for a friend Stadler s writing is simply stunning he is a firstate writer with a strong lyrical ability with the English language and a gift of detail Yes his strength with this overshadows and possibly even overrules his capacity for the overall plot of the book but still the novel is a joy to ead His descriptions of Paris are for the most part alluring though if you know the city well you ll feel perhaps that he leaves out aspects he could have worked in and given that he is in fact so skilled with detail there s just a wealth of aspects you wish he d described given how beautiful and prone to glowing literary treatment Paris is after all The sub plot on which the plot itself is actually predicated of the narrator s uest to learn about Allan Stein is both interesting and a little awkward in places the novel is ather short and a lot of thread is woven into a small cloth so to speak While the man teen lovesex aspects didn t bother me a great deal the narrator as a character is not that easy to like or feel empathy for given his ease in tricking people to his own ends and playing fast and loose with morals and ethics in general He at points comes across as a sad sack of sorts whom you do feel sympathy for because he seems like a bright guy and one who winds up in bad situations not fully of his own doing yet he also often makes things only worse for himself The whole pretext for his journey to France is also a little hard to believe and could have been designed better we get a lot of things going on or less just for show and window dressing including the narrator s assumed name of Herbert as a shout out of sorts to Lolita These mechanisms also are used to insert the author to an. Comic erotic and ichly imagined Allan Stein follows the journey of a compromised young teacher to Paris to uncover the sad history of Gertrude Stein's troubled nephew Allan Having been fired from his job because of a sex scandal involving. .
I suppose is Philosophy in Social Work rather the point of literature An epheboph This book was so close to being an utter bore that I thought about putting it down for good on a few occasions Its style lacks theange for its intended atmospherics effects creating vast blocks of Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story run on paragraphs withepetitive diction and sentences that are confusing if not poorly constructed at times The Allen Stein subplot stretches out an already over indulgent Lolita clone filled with irritating Parisian socialites in the cynical nihilism so commonly overused in contemporary fictionHowever I stand by my ating this book is worth eading What is lacks in substance its makes up for in Organizing Power risk its ephebophilic narrator storming out of the gate with an uns Initially this book made me very uncomfortable The pedophilia was upsetting and the main character was a deceitful low life This book made me look at my own outlook on sex losing one s virginity and my ownomantic ideals I felt sorry for the boys that were taken advantage of Odd that the other two books I am eading one by Gaiman and the other by Jeanette Winterson also talk about Gertrude Stein Like in TSO the narratorprotagonist has lost his teaching post due to paedophilia and now half heartedly pursues an obscure project Like in TSO what I now know to be a common mental phenomenon feeling outside one s body or much larger expanding or contracting like one s surroundings is important to the author Like in TSO he was given a Guggenheim fellowship and wrote again about the
beauty of boys who have the potential to be Gods that men can never be Like in TSO he doesof boys who have the potential to be Gods that men can never be Like in TSO he does close non sexual friendships with gay men of his age and a hint of sexual attraction with old men The way this boy at 15 both today and in the past already a sexual being is described ultimately makes someone like me averse to this sort of illegal love Yes unlike in Northern Africa men like this American don t fuck but get fucked by their young lovers and he wants to suck and stroke never demean but this is all too much like everything I hate about heterosexuality as his friend had mentioned as well the otherness the softness and slenderness and blabla The fact that the protagonist himself wants to be that boy or be mothered by the boy s mother and has flashbacks to himself at that age with his own mother only makes homosexuality and the love of boys seem like the aberration born of wrong upbringing that I m sure Stadler didn t mean to portray it asThis book is at least in early parts indeed a bit funnier than The Sex Offender it s also like Kundera than Kafka in many ways least of which is that it s set in Paris This is a beautifully written novel with a well constructed plot dealing with obsession betrayal truth and lies and an aesthetic uest played out on several different levels I found it intriguing and enjoyableSome may find the sex uncomfortable The central character is deeply morally flawed yet we never entirely lose our sympathy for him because Stadler gives us a feel for the moral ambiguity of his situation which is far nuanced than contemporary witch hunters and purveyors of moral Ed by memories of his own boyhood particularly his odd flamboyant mother Moving from the late twentieth century back to the 1900s effortlessly blending fact and fiction Allan Stein is a charged exploration of eroticism obsession and identi. .