Middle Ground (Gay Modern Classics) Paperback – 19 Mar 1987
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'Middle Ground' is not only a wonderful romance but is very informational as well. Zilinksy describes the harsh ways of life in camps for both the prisoners as well as the officers and other such labour camp leaders.
This is an enchanting novel about the hardships of falling in love, and falling in love with someone to whom you are not allowed to love; a young prisoner, Tyl von Pankow, falls inescapably in love with his commander, Johannes von Svestrom, and Johannes is drawn to Tyl by ways of past events and present feelings. Together they have to fight the evils of honor, title, and social-status as well as their own inner turm-oil.
Zilinsky�s �Middle Ground� is a must read for not only those interested in the nazi history, or homosexuality, but for everyone. There is something in this short story to fulfill anyone�s desires for a good read.
�Love is love, the rest is just technicalities.�
This story tells us about people who survive cruelty and hardship and are driven by different things, but yet come together to build loving and giving partnerships. Quite lovely.
Zilinsky also captures the mental psychology of people at war and brings it out as a background to the personal conflicts and guilty complexes of the characters. A short but great read. Additionally,one learns about WW2 history.
Middle Ground started out just like any other book. Until eye-popping utterances of "OH MY GOD" can't even cover it anymore.
This book is great. Ursula Zilinsky managed to employ a very specific humor, the type endemic to youngsters in the book that will have you chuckling during various moments. The main character and his fellow camp workers grows on you, with Zilinsky portraying a very clear and lucid backdrop to help you visualize their lives toiling away at Heiligendorf. But that's not the best part.
The best part is Ursula Zilinsky's ability to make you feel the frustration and pain of Tyl von Pankow. The romance, of course, is a vital part of Middle Ground. However, what Zilinsky touched upon in Middle Ground far surpasses love and romance. Ursula Zilinsky does all this and more, all the while finished with a tastefully open ending.
I recommend this book to you if you favor unconventional stories filled with irony, history and, of course, a tinge of homo-eroticism.