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3.0 out of 5 stars Not so good, 8 Jun 2011
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This review is from: Austin Osman Spare: The Life and Legend of London's Lost Artist (Hardcover)
An AOS biography was missing for a long time and that is the main reason for buying this book ... because it is not that great.
It is suggested that Spare might have been an homosexual but a few pages later that he might have been a virgin ... what?
Sometimes Spare's magickal life is ignored, others it's the artistic life ... the story structure is very poor.
Alan Moore in the introduction praises this book too much in my opinion.
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Initial post: 8 Jun 2011 19:33:33 BDT
The Mekon says:
It is claimed Spare was homosexual by a friend, Frank Brangwyn, quoted inside a quote on p.57 from Spare's main friend Frank Letchford, who seems to agree but says "he never approached me" - and the author quotes this in order to compare it (on the same page) with Kenneth Grant's opinion that Spare was really into old women.

The idea that Spare might be a virgin a few pages later is Frank Letchford again quoted saying he might still have been a virgin IN 1910.

It feels from this review like English is not the reviewer's first language (and sometimes magic is ignored and sometimes art? what does that mean? sometimes art is not ignored and sometimes magic is not ignored? sounds about right to me...) - I don't want to be mean - but given the reviewer's reading level this book seems to have been wasted on them...

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jun 2011 20:26:09 BDT
It seems you've forgotten that Spare met Crowley in 1908 and it is also when his homosexuality is suggested...
Probably if you had read more books about Spare maybe my English wasn't such a big problem (for you, of course).

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Sep 2011 04:22:59 BDT
Carnamagos says:
"maybe my English wasn't such a big problem (for you, of course)"

It is a "big problem" for me, as well. You make no sense whatsoever in either your review or your comments.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2011 21:18:39 BDT
Ummm.... You can be a homosexual and a virgin at the same time, just like you can be heterosexual and a virgin.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2012 17:52:55 GMT
A. Customer says:
Or even a bisexual virgin.

Posted on 5 Jun 2012 13:36:39 BDT
Erik Schuzt says:
Maybe English isn't the primary language for this reviewer, but I see what they're trying to say. It may not be a good review, but so what? If one can actually use their brain then it can probably be understood. The people who nitpick these comments always seem to have an aire of superiority to have to find fault.

I believe that many people think that a sexual experience must have occurred to be able to signify an orientation with any clarity. It doesn't logically mean that they had to have sex to have the orientation known, but I understand the thinking. Perhaps the book came off disjointed to the reviewer; sounds like they're indicating that the story structure is unbalanced.

OK- the review isn't very helpful. Why not tell them it didn't discuss relevant things to inform a person whether or not to purchase it- WITHOUT insulting them.? That is unnecessary, and it's obvious when people are looking to take out their frustrations on something.
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