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Bartlett Neil : Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall (Hbk) Hardcover – Sep 1991

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; Second Printing edition (Sept. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525933506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525933502
  • Product Dimensions: 50.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,357,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stands head-and-shoulders above any British or American gay novel to have appeared in several years (Gay Times)

A writer who can really change the way people think (Literary Review)

If he can do this with his first novel, what heights will his fourth or fifth reach? (Ruth Rendell Sunday Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Born in 1958, Neil Bartlett has spent twenty-five years at the cutting edge of British gay culture. His ground-breaking study of Oscar Wilde, Who Was That Man? paved the way for a queer re-imagining of history ; his first novel, Ready To Catch Him Should He Fall, was voted Capital Gay Book of The Year; his second, Mr Clive and Mr Page, was nominated for the Whitbread Prize. Both have since been translated into five European languages. Listing him as one of the country's fifty most significant gay cultural figures, the Independent said "Brilliant,beautiful, mischievous; few men can match Bartlett for the breadth of his exploration of gay sensibility". He also works as a director, and in 2000 was awarded an OBE for services to the theatre. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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This book is short is one of the best works of gay-oriented fiction I have ever read. The book has a varied and fascinating cast of characters, in addition to being very sexy and romantic. Neil Bartlett has an incredible power of capturing the beauty of the English Language. 'Ready To Catch Him Should He Fall' was definately a page turner for me. I was somewhat disappointed with 'The House on Brooke Street', however.
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Gay sex lacks paradigms - it lacks EXAMPLES. You might not want to get involved in the whole "bottom" or "top" scene, but that doesn't mean that you want to have sex as an "equal". In fact I can't think of anything worse than two people undertaking a responsible and calmly thought out reasonable act of sex, or sexual relationship. WHAT WOULD BE THE POINT?! It would be like junk food. Neil Bartlett provides an archetype for a new kind of relationship - a deconstructed relationship with power relationships and contradictions, but THANK GOD, no compromises. This book is astonishing in that it draws you into a plot that is moving, but more importantly into a relationship that is fundamental, new, exciting, transgressive and yet equal (in its own way). In no way is this a trashily sentimental or sexy book. Nor is it at times an easy book to read. But christ bounce on me, it's a bloody brilliant one...
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By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Feb. 2011
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Our nameless narrator tells of the arrival at The Bar, a discreet establishment with an exclusively gay clientele, of a young nineteen year old incredibly handsome fair skinned lad who they called The Boy, and his subsequent courtship and marriage with the equally handsome older man, know simply as O. The whole affair lovingly watched over, and almost managed by, Madame or Mother, the flamboyant proprietress of The Bar.

Beautifully written, steeped in atmosphere and rich in detail, but often deviating considerably from the main subject, Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall is a tender and moving love story. It also paints a vivid picture of the unspecified (but hinted at) time in which it is set, a time when in London gays were oppressed and regularly the victims of street attacks.
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This book made an instant impression on me. I read it in a night; it's and one of the most lush, romantic, beautifully written novels I have read.
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Possibly the finest book I have ever encountered. I spent the majority of it sobbing or on the verge of tears just by the beauty of it and the strength of Bartlett's writing and characters.
I've even bought many extra copies to give to friends so they can share in the amazing experience.
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