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  1. says:

    Imagine Wodehouse set in the 1940 s with a gay main character as rich as Bertie and used to getting his own way in all things It s not a comedy, as such, although it has some amusing moments, it sa witty satire and an exploration of a particular set of men gay and otherwise in 1940 s London.Patrick is, as the first line describes very, very rich He s currently single, and, as the book opens, he s shopping for presents for a handsome young man he s recently met in the country With eas Imagine Wodehouse set in the 1940 s with a gay main character as rich as Bertie and used to getting his own way in all things It s not a comedy, as such, although it has some amusing moments, it sa witty satire and an exploration of a particular set of men gay and otherwise in 1940 s London.Patrick is, as the first line describes very, very rich He s currently single, and, as the book opens, he s shopping for presents for a handsome young man he s recently met in the country With ease, using a wide net of ex boyfriends, he arranges Nicholas a job at a tabloid newspaper to tempt him to London, and when he arrives, meets him at the station and inveigles excuse after excuse to prevent the young man starting work, moving him into his suite at a hotel, and lavishing an expensive lifestyle on him.The book takes place over the space of a week, following Nicholas introduction into Patrick s lifestyle, meeting his friends and resisting Patrick s advances He s not entirely the ing nue that Patrick imagines him to be however Nicholas had a thoroughly miserable bath He knew that he couldn t evade Patrick s advances much longer It was no good pretending that Patrick was going to support him from purely altruistic motives Patrick wanted his pound of flesh, he was was going to make sure he got it What did sex matter anyway It was a small price to pay for all the things that Patrick could offer him in exchange.The novel was published entirely anonymously when it first came out and from the frank portrayal of gay characters you would think you could understand why, but it goes a little deeper than that In fact, it s semi autobiographical The introduction in the 1986 reissued GMP version by Philip Core explains that Patrick is a thinly veiled portrait of Peter Watson associated for a long while with Cecil Beaton, co founder of the ICA and wealthy homosexual sponsor of Bacon, Colquhoun, MacBryde, Vaughan, Minton and other homosexual painters Michael Nelson the Nicholas of the book was in reality pursued by Watson, who bought him Picassos and Sutherlands as part of his seduction technique.Nicholas like the real life Nelson is prevented from starting at his Tabloid newspaper by the dangling of a greater carrot, a job on a new arts magazine Eleven which was Horizon in real life together with his friend Michael, Christopher Pyre Stephen Spender in reality and a former prot g of Patrick s the bon viveur Ronnie Gras Cyril Connolly It is Nicholas constant prevarication as to whether to succumb to Patrick s gentle but lavish onslaught that eventually causes his downfall.But aside for the historical interest, it s a highly enjoyable and entertaining read, particularly because it s written in the rather affected slang of the upper middle and upper class of the time.And some dialogue must have been positively shocking at the time, although it probably went over the head of many, just as the outrageous double entendres of Julian and Sandy slid past the censors in Round the Horne There s one scene where Nicholas says he s tired and Patrick advises he should rest, saying An hour on your back with your legs up will do you the world of good Much of the dialogue is hugely bitchy too, and I loved it, because that s no exclusivity of being gay that s how people really talk.I highly recommend this It might be rather too English for many, but if you enjoy any films of Noel Coward or in fact any film that deals with this era of the aesthete then you ll enjoy it as much as I did It s also very interesting to compare and contrast with Mr Page and Mr Clive, which concentrateson unhappiness and closeted misery, but then this book was written in the era, not about the era, so one wonders which one is nearer to the truth


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    A sort of Dangerous Liaisons via The Boys in the Band excuse the anachronisms , this short work tells of rich and manipulative Patrick and his select victims and associates in post WWII London Nicholas is his new target and Patrick sets him up as his new boy toy, but Nicholas is deservedly hesitant Patrick toys with his colleagues about starting a magazine Among those he enlists are the eccentric fashion, wine cuisine snob Ronnie, the bumbling painter Christopher who, despite his se A sort of Dangerous Liaisons via The Boys in the Band excuse the anachronisms , this short work tells of rich and manipulative Patrick and his select victims and associates in post WWII London Nicholas is his new target and Patrick sets him up as his new boy toy, but Nicholas is deservedly hesitant Patrick toys with his colleagues about starting a magazine Among those he enlists are the eccentric fashion, wine cuisine snob Ronnie, the bumbling painter Christopher who, despite his self deprecation and poverty, is the only character with a career or any artistic talent and Christopher s muse, the irritable Michael Patrick toys with everyone s goals and plans with the magazine idea, whips them into a frenzy of backstabbing and conniving, until, well, a few unfortunate things happen, some revolving around Michael s plans for Lily, Ronnie s subservient paramour one of few characters who lacks ulterior motives.The historic relevance of Nelson s semi autobiographical tale in the canon of gay literature leaves it a brief and often overlooked work That it dramatizes the sheer bitchiness of desperate gay men and their trade, without any grandstanding pleas for compassion, may leave some readers cold But it sof an honest and cruel depiction of the desperation of the poor, the decadence of the rich, and how deception as a hobby leaves some damaged with a harsh lesson learned


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    Published in 1958 but written much earlier It is set pre WWII A period piece perhaps The characters are generally effete hedonists who people a world that I rather hope doesn t exist any Patrick is Rich Queen Bitch par excellence There are other characters here who rank pretty high up on the obnoxiousness list too This is the sort of book that can give a queen a bad name..but it is probably worth reading for the times in which it is set and the particular breed depicted here There are Published in 1958 but written much earlier It is set pre WWII A period piece perhaps The characters are generally effete hedonists who people a world that I rather hope doesn t exist any Patrick is Rich Queen Bitch par excellence There are other characters here who rank pretty high up on the obnoxiousness list too This is the sort of book that can give a queen a bad name..but it is probably worth reading for the times in which it is set and the particular breed depicted here There are shades of Mapp and Lucia I guess.As I was reading it I kept thinking of the line attributed to the late Queen Mother She supposedly greeted a hissy fit of a racket proceeding from her kitchen one morning by standing in the doorway, and saying very quietly When you two queens are quite finished this Queen is ready for her breakfast The scene would not have been out of place here


  4. says:

    Very funny yet very sad It reminds me of The Catcher in the Rye It is a very real story I have known many women that get into similar situations Very modern even if the book was written in 1958.


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    Funny rather than witty My Gay Men s Press edition from the 1980s has an illuminating introduction clarifying the book s autobiographical basis It was, apparently, his own experience that the author portrayed in the character of Nicholas a young journalist whose sexual favours Patrick a fantastically rich man in his 40s courts through not so subtle financial inducements.The kept boy s perspective comes across so effectively in Nicholas s musings that at times I found myself almost persuade Funny rather than witty My Gay Men s Press edition from the 1980s has an illuminating introduction clarifying the book s autobiographical basis It was, apparently, his own experience that the author portrayed in the character of Nicholas a young journalist whose sexual favours Patrick a fantastically rich man in his 40s courts through not so subtle financial inducements.The kept boy s perspective comes across so effectively in Nicholas s musings that at times I found myself almost persuaded by it So much so, in fact, that when I saw a picture of the man on whom the character of Patrick was modelled the handsome Peter Watson my first reaction was to wonder why Nicholas played hard to get


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    You see, humanity is ugly at the best of times But it s ugliest when it tries to be beautiful, because it s being dishonest Everyone in here is dishonest They upset me terribly Remark the pure paleness of the amber with its suspicion of green You observe the absence of a spirit lamp, he said A senseless and barbaric Victorian innovation I only ask one thing of you, said Patrick Do be careful of the pictures If you don t like them turn them to the wall But please don t throw thi You see, humanity is ugly at the best of times But it s ugliest when it tries to be beautiful, because it s being dishonest Everyone in here is dishonest They upset me terribly Remark the pure paleness of the amber with its suspicion of green You observe the absence of a spirit lamp, he said A senseless and barbaric Victorian innovation I only ask one thing of you, said Patrick Do be careful of the pictures If you don t like them turn them to the wall But please don t throw things at them


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    This is an old fashioned written in 1958 gay comedy of manners It is the story of a handsome and naive young man recruited from the provinces by a rich and sophisticated older gay man Need I sayIt reminded me of early Patrick Dennis and a prologue in the GSV edition that I read explained the whom the leading characters were based upon I first heard of this book in the Edward Gorey biography because Gorey designed the cover for the earliest American edition I think it has been recent This is an old fashioned written in 1958 gay comedy of manners It is the story of a handsome and naive young man recruited from the provinces by a rich and sophisticated older gay man Need I sayIt reminded me of early Patrick Dennis and a prologue in the GSV edition that I read explained the whom the leading characters were based upon I first heard of this book in the Edward Gorey biography because Gorey designed the cover for the earliest American edition I think it has been recently reissued by Valancourt Books


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    Merito della copertina se ho notato questo libro fra i tanti che affollano gli scaffali di una grande libreria della citt e a questa bella copertina di chi l immagine Non c scritto nulla nel libro ho scoperto che corrispondeva anche un contenuto potenzialmente interessante, perci , dopo qualche mese di attesa che comparisse nel mercato dell usato, ecco che il libro stato acquistato, letto in poco pi di un pomeriggio e ora recensito.Questo romanzo usc anonimo nel 1958, quando ancora Merito della copertina se ho notato questo libro fra i tanti che affollano gli scaffali di una grande libreria della citt e a questa bella copertina di chi l immagine Non c scritto nulla nel libro ho scoperto che corrispondeva anche un contenuto potenzialmente interessante, perci , dopo qualche mese di attesa che comparisse nel mercato dell usato, ecco che il libro stato acquistato, letto in poco pi di un pomeriggio e ora recensito.Questo romanzo usc anonimo nel 1958, quando ancora nel Regno Unito l omosessualit era considerata reato oggi sappiamo che l autore fu il tale Michael Nelson Si potrebbe pensare a un coraggioso libro di denuncia e di rivendicazione di diritti, in un periodo in cui, come spiegato nella Prefazione di Riccardo Reim, l opinione pubblica britannica si stava seriamente interrogando se fosse lecito regolare la morale privata dell individuo con gli strumenti della legge Invece, gli avvertimenti del curatore e la lettura dello stesso romanzo ci fanno subito capire che non siamo di fronte a nulla di cos nobile A Room in Chelsea Square un romanzo che ha voluto astutamente sfruttare il cla per un tema cos scottante e attuale in origine il protagonista, Patrick, era una donna e che semplicemente si fa beffe crudeli di tutto e di tutti, con un cinismo molto compiaciuto Reim lo definisce farneticamente gay e al tempo stesso omofobo Tanto vale, quindi, leggerlo con il proposito di farsi quattro cattivissime e politicamente scorrettissime risate, confidando nel pi classico e tagliente del british humour e senza dar peso alle esagerazioni pi kitsch.Il ricchissimo, elegantissimo, spudoratissimo, frocissimo e non pi giovanissimo Patrick ha messo gli occhi sul bel Nicholas, appena arrivato a Londra dal paesello con l aspirazione di diventare giornalista Nel suo tentativo di seduzione utilizza ogni mezzo possibile per vincere l ostinata resistenza della sua preda, dai regali pi costosi e pacchiani fino alle promesse di appoggio per la sua carriera, manipolando abilmente con la forza del suo denaro e con astuzia machiavellica tutto il suo circolo di amici, ex amanti, protetti per giungere all obiettivo Nicholas non cos ingenuo da non capire perfettamente cosa il suo mecenate desidera in cambio, e si rende conto benissimo di dipendere in tutto e per tutto dal favore di Patrick, ma i suoi continui tentennamenti, dovuti di volta in volta agli scrupoli morali, all orgoglio ferito o semplicemente alla sua dabbenaggine, rischiano di fargli perdere tutto, perch , per quanto la sua fortuna sia nelle sue mani, non affatto lui a condurre il gioco La conclusione quanto mai perfida il lettore si aspetterebbe o la rovina completa di Nicholas che cede finalmente alle lusinghe del suo tentatore o il suo riscatto, e invece Nelson pensa a un finale molto pi ambiguo e cinico Proprio quando Nicholas, che non affatto un santo, finalmente si decide, si trova costretto a ritirarsi, da solo, nell umile cameretta a Chelsea Square che ha preso in affitto e che fino ad allora, ospitato in alberghi di lusso, non aveva mai raggiunto, invece di partire per le Bermuda con Patrick, che l ha scaricato per un altro giovanotto pi disponibile, a rimuginare sul fatto che, se avesse giocato meglio le sue carte, non avrebbe perso quell occasione Il finale l ho nascosto, ma in pratica tutto rivelato nella stessa Prefazione se non volete saperlo, leggetela solo dopo aver letto il romanzo.Non certo un capolavoro anzi, le situazioni sono un po ripetitive e la struttura tenue , ma scorre via alla velocit della luce e regala un pomeriggio di gradevole intrattenimento scacciapensieri.3,5 5http moloch981.wordpress.com 2013 0


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    Boo.Got to 46% and happily gave up.Lines like That wasn t first prize for the largest marrow at the Four Square Gospellers flower show make no flipping sense.The book is described as camp Maybe in the 1940 s when it was written and everyone was still being rationed and rebuilding after the war this was camp, but not now The Green Carnation is a much better example of camp in a much older book Choose that one instead.I couldn t keep the characters straight, didn t care what happened to the Boo.Got to 46% and happily gave up.Lines like That wasn t first prize for the largest marrow at the Four Square Gospellers flower show make no flipping sense.The book is described as camp Maybe in the 1940 s when it was written and everyone was still being rationed and rebuilding after the war this was camp, but not now The Green Carnation is a much better example of camp in a much older book Choose that one instead.I couldn t keep the characters straight, didn t care what happened to them, they were all spoiled and ridiculous with no redeeming features.Boo


  10. says:

    You know those dreams where you re running through quicksand trying to catch a bus that you just can t get to That s what reading this is like.


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A Room in Chelsea Square Publisher GMP Publishers Ltd Date Of Publication Binding Soft Cover Edition Condition Very Good Description