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Adam Paperback – 1 Jun 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Millivres-Prowler Group Ltd (1 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902852443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902852447
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 548,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fine and elegantly written work deserving a wide readership... -- What's On UK

A romantic, atmospheric tale of sexual awakening, with a keen sense of character and location -- Boyz Magazine

A warm, almost poetic tilt that makes this book an enjoyable treat -- Rainbow Network

Enough charm to keep you entertained throughout -- 3 Sixty Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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This is one of the best coming of age stories I've ever read. McDonald takes a familiar and overused theme and works many different angles into it to make it stand out. Set in rural France, it adds atmosphere to the story, and the main character, Adam, is for once a fairly complex person; likable but by no means perfect; intelligent, but capable of making serious and potentially dangerous mistakes. Considering the book may have been aimed primarily aimed at young people, there is quite a substantial number of sex scenes, some quite graphic. However, McDonald handles it very well, and at no time is the story in danger of degenerating into smuttiness. In fact, the sex scenes are an integral part of the plot. The book is at odds with so many 'erotic' stories out there, it manages to pull off so much more without even trying to be erotic. If only more gay-themed stories could do the same!
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A brief synopsis of this amazing book: Adam is a 16-year-old boy living in France. He is the perfect son- polite, cello player, academic, bilingual. But Adam struggles with this perfection as he struggles to maintain his happiness as a young man coming to terms with being gay. He begins an epic and secret affair with a farm-hand he just happened to meet one day and the adventure turns into a great confusing love story which will set any mind boggling.

OK, I realise I've not done it much justice with my synopsis, it sounds a bit silly really. But it isn't. It is fabulous. McDonald has a superb way of presenting erotic ideas in this book, and it is not only romantic and passionate, it is frustrating, amusing and a brilliantly entertaining read.

This is one of those books you tell yourself you'll just read one more chapter but then bargain with yourself just to read one more! i found myself trying to put it down so i could get a good night sleep before a busy start, and ending up reading 10 chapters! Foolish writer for being good!

But seriously, it is good, it is entertaining, and I cannot deny that the exoticness of the book is rather rough and ready but is brilliantly put and very good to read.

This book will not appeal to most straight males, and it isn't a book for the faint hearted. I think the best readers for this book are for people between the age of 16 and 25, mainly females and gay men or more open minded men. Don't let your granny read it nor your little sister!

Absolutely fantastic -one of my favourites EVER!
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It is good news that this fine novel is being reissued by a new publisher after the sad demise of GMP. When I finished 'Adam' the first time I immediately started to read it again and since then I have dipped into it several times. The story is intense, moving and finally hair-raising; Adam, the impeccably middle class, cello playing, only son of parents working in France for a year, is swept up into an affair with a total opposite, a wild, sprite-like but virile peasant young man from a farm deep in the countryside nearby. The sights, sounds, smells of the French countryside in different seasons make an evocative setting for the interweaving strands of turbulent adolescent emotions and serious music making. There is sex for Adam with visiting school friends from England and with his wild Frenchman, Sylvain, the writing of it is intimate and sensitive.

I believe a sequel to 'Adam' is on its way and that too is good news. Both 'Adam' and Mcdonald's previous novel,'Orange Bitter, Orange Sweet', which has a similarly evocative setting in Seville in Spain, show that Mcdonald is a writer to follow.
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I enjoyed the descriptive writing of this book. McDonald obviously knows his France well or has done some excellent research. He manages to capture both the scenery and way of life very well. He also does a reasonable job of portraying the turbulent emotions of an adolescent coming to terms with his sexuality pretty well too. What I did find was that the style totally changes when McDonald deals with intimacy. The style changes and one gets blunt and rather crudely described copulation that jars with the lyrical tone that McDonald strives through elsewhere. I have read other books that deal with such matters in a far better way such as Mark Behr's Embrace and William Corlett's Now and Then (Corlett manages to keep his writer's voice intact even when dealing with sex). Even better in a book like this would be to leave matters acknowledged but rather unsaid such as in the early classics of this kind Fritz Peters' Finistere (thoroughly recommended) and the cult classic Sandel by Angus Stewart: now blessedly re- released. Don't let this stop you from buying this book as in most cases it is good as is its sequel: Blue Sky Adam (which actually I preferred) However th sex scenes do rival Alan Tichmarsh for the "reach for the bucket" award.
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I'm at a bit of a loss about what to say because any words I string together sound a bit lame after reading this book. It really is beautiful.

It tells the story of Adam, a rather precocious 16 year old who has moved to France temporarily with his family. So what can I say about Adam? He is intelligent, he is a talented cellist, he suspects that he is gay although he's not entirely sure, and he thinks about sex a lot. Adam thinks about sex so much that he initiates sex with pretty much everyone male he meets. Now, this of course makes it sound like a very smutty little coming-of-age tale, but the way it is written is so amazingly beautiful, it's not that at all.

You see, Adam happens to fall in love with a 22 year old farm boy called Sylvain (who incidentally has a mental age of 14) and Sylvain happens to fall in love with Adam. Which would be fine (actually, no it wouldn't because of a hundred problems inherent in the relationship) but the simple love affair it is, is also incredibly complicated, partly because of Adam's complete inability to keep it in his pants. And Adam's complete inability to form any coherent thoughts when the slightest hint of sex is involved (which for Adam is all the time).

While this book is definitely erotic, it is not particularly explicit. Quite often in fact you are just told that 'they make love' but the fact that Adam's thoughts are so sexually charged makes the whole feel of the book erotic.

The author writes so beautifully that you don't just 'read' this book, you 'feel' it. You feel the beauty of the French countryside, you feel the confusing rush of emotions that are constantly bombarding Adam, you feel the intensity of first love, and you feel the absolutely undeniable thrill and pull of temptation.
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