Man's World Paperback – 20 Jan 2011
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'Funny, dirty, deeply romantic, Man's World is a wonderfully evocative novel that hurtles between now and our recent history in a wild and emotional waltzer ride' Jake Arnott --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Rupert Smith is the author of nine novels, in his own name and as James Lear, and of several biographies ad books about television. He was born in Washington DC, grew up in Surrey and has lived in London since 1978. As well as writing fiction, Rupert has a long career as a journalist, contributing to dailies, weeklies and monthlies in Britain, America and Europe. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In the flat beneath Robert's lives Michael, an elderly man whose partner has just died. The book interweaves the life story of Michael, and his now-dead partner, Mervyn, with those of Robert and Jonathan, taking us back to the 50s, to national service, to an era when queers were thought to be sickos and the London gay scene, while vibrant, was clandestine and criminalised. The relationship between Michael and his RAF national service buddy, Mervyn, and the whole atmosphere of the period, are depicted with a mixture of comedy and poignancy reminiscent of David Lodge. The underlying theme of the book is that superficial similarities between the two eras may be few but the common threads of desire and love and loss between the people in each are very close. Smith writes without sentimentality and with understatement and the book is the more powerful for it. As a work of gay fiction in 2010, this one will be hard to beat.
This novel, deliciously witten, with very sympathetic and interesting characters, is one of the best gay novels i've rad. Highly recommended!
The terror under which anyone perceived as gay lived every day in the 50's in the UK is very well described and helps to explain how Mervyn and Michael's relationship slowly developed over a number of years. Then you are instantly transported into the later hedonistic and drug-fuelled world inhabited by Robert and Jonathan, where relationships are (or seem to be) two-a-penny, and we then follow their not-so-slow descent into despair and back again. And the two worlds collide.
A book to savour. The story continued going through my head for quite a while after I'd finished it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Smith contrasts the lives of a contemporary gay young man in London and his nineteen sixties counterpart on national service. Read morePublished 23 months ago by barbicandy
Really enjoyed this book - Rupert Smith writes fluently and the story lines proceed apace: although at first glance it might seem to be a superficial sex-romp, I actually found it... Read morePublished on 22 May 2014 by Self-help junkie
Wonderfully accurate description of the life and loves of 1950's homosexuals. Not since Stuart Lauder's seminal work 'Winger's Landfall' (Eyre & Spottiswood-1962) have I read such... Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2014 by John,Derbyshire.UK
I thought this was a great read. It can be stereotypical, but felt that was the point to make the contrast of gay life then and now. Worth a read. Enjoy.Published on 5 Sept. 2013 by Amazon Customer
This book does not begin well. Fashion-conscious and practical joker Jonathan is one of those full-time queens who obsesses over trashy television programmes, clothes, style and... Read morePublished on 28 Feb. 2013 by Mr. D. P. Jay
I loved this book, and only put it down when the need to eat and sleep required that I do so.
A gripping, enjoyable, and thought provoking read about where we've been, where... Read more
I disliked some of the characters immensely especially the modern day characters, but despite that I found myself liking the book. Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2011 by suggsygirl
Man's World tells two parallel stories, the one in the present day told by Robert, and the one set in the fifties my Michael. Read morePublished on 9 Nov. 2011 by Benjamin