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The Aerodynamics of Pork Paperback – 4 Feb 2002
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‘It is packed with arch dialogue, affectionate caricatures and the feigned good humour more commonly found in memoirs written by chauffeurs of the famous.’ Observer
‘A sad, funny and deeply searching novel. Plotting, characterisation and dialogue quicken the reader’s pace, just as the delicacy of the unfolding love stories quickens the heart.’ Publishers’ Weekly
‘A real craftsman, a master storyteller.’ Independent on Sunday
‘Gale’s concoction is irresistible: modern relationships with period charm. I couldn’t have liked it more.’ Armistead Maupin
An irresistible novel of love, music and comedy - 'A master storyteller' Independent on Sunday --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
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Whilst it is not yet up to the excellent standard of his later work, all the elements are there and, reading his later work, it is clear that he has become more and more skilled at the craft at which he now excels.
The Seth and Roly romance was touching in places and all too easy; Gale attempts to put obstacles in their path but these are none too convincing. A couple of the secondary characters are interesting and even touching (esp Bronwen) and despite her seemingly irrelevant storyline I liked the character of Venetia. The mother Evelyn was just a little too accepting and understanding to be entirely convincing.
For all that I was intrigued enough to keep page turning and as always, Gale's writing style is beautiful and his descriptions evocative and satisfying. A good read!
So years pass and I'm a bit old and grizzled and definitely DON'T live in Gale's world at all, or one even vaguely like it. Its a bit of a period piece now (how young, how naive we all once were...) but it remains its lovely self with its sweet humanism at its heart. I really enjoyed re-reading it and just for a moment I was back in my youth. It has a gaucheness to it that is endearing rather than irritating. I've no idea how it would read to a young gay man now ... but anyone who lived (or learned to live) in the early 80s do pay a visit to this little romance.
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