Adam: A Sensuous Coming-of-age Tale Paperback – 1 Apr 2006
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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
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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!
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an easy, fast-paced read. The story is about a middle-class English teenager who moves to France with his family, falls in love with a local man, and the unfolding of their... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Speedolover
An excellent story dealing with a difficult subject in a believable way. Characters well drawn and amusing adding to the story. Can be recommended.Published 12 months ago by RC
Very good story. Very clear and bold coming of age tale. Recommended.Published 16 months ago by Ralph
Definitely a good read. I started off getting hooked on the explicit sexual scenes and speed-reading the bits between and I ended up lingering on the story line and was... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
A deftly-written, poignant and also, celebratory and sexy read by the brilliant Anthony McDonald, whose writing is now well-followed. Indeed, one is impatient for the next book!Published on 28 Jun. 2014 by Amazon Customer
An uninspiring and boring book - little imagination and very predictable,I was tempted to give up after the first 2 chapters but read to the finish! Not for mePublished on 16 Jun. 2014 by Corri
Loved this book. Really good story and nice characters. A story that is totally believable. Will definitely re read this one.Published on 21 May 2014 by BDH
While not as prosaic as Sandel, Adam is a beautiful, tender story of young, developing love, feelings and sexuality. Read morePublished on 3 May 2014 by M. Bolger