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Buddies
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 July 1998
OK, that's too strong, but the man can write. The Buddies series is a "Tales of the City" for the New York '80s. This collection of short stories tied together by the main characters that inhabit Mordden's world is at turns hysterically funny and deeply poignant. I cannot get enough of his work. I ripped through two books in three days which demonstrates his books to be an easy read as well as compelling. You care about the characters as much as you memorize the brilliant put-downs and asides which dot the stories. Have I said enough?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 October 1998
Buddies, and the rest of the Buddies Cycle, represent an important piece of literature not only for the gay movement, but for everyone. Unlike many authors, Mordden doesn't gloss over the uncomfortable facts of life. He tells of abusive lovers and the sometimes truly bizarre relationships we find ourselves in. And yet, at the end of the book there is some hint of hope that the world is a good place and that we CAN rely on our buddies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2009
Why has it taken me until now to read Ethan Mordden? He is a kind of Damian Runyan of the gay world, peopling the New York post-Stonewall gay scene with memorable, funny, poignant and believable characters. Each story is a vignette of an aspect of New York gay life, rarely comfortable, often challenging but always replete with human sympathy. It is hard to reduce this book to a description but I guarantee, when you read it, it will make an indelible mark.
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on 8 July 2014
Very funny, with intriguing insights into (sexual/romantic) relationships both good and bad, in the broad sense, and you warm to the idiosyncratic characters. Very interesting look into the (gay) male mindset, particularly since you don't get many 'warts and all' x-rays of men's hearts and brains. Liked the fact that it told the stories of a wide variety of men and their experiences, showing that it wasn't all solidarity and unbreakable friendships, there were men who were/became damaged, who lost out, there was snobbery and some really had a bit of a 'caste mentality' among these already marginalized men that ended up doing harm. While the book is warm and postive about the good things, it does not sweep the bad stuff under the carpet and pretend that the community depicted was perfect, something that I like in memoirs/fiction based on real life. Loved the humour too; particularly the bitchy but obviously very affectionate friendship between Don and Bud.
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