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The Prince's Boy by [Bailey, Paul]
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A writer whose tone is like a long, cool drink on a sweaty day ... Rich in character studies, yet so delicately written one barely registers at first its many layers and nuances, The Prince's Boy is a winterly evocation of a grief and love that will not wither . Tender and profoundly touching, this is a novel whose almost dry manner could lure the reader into thinking the author has no designs on you. By its end, however, his fingers have squeezed your heart (Herald)

If Fred Astaire had been a novelist he'd have been Paul Bailey. This beautiful, moving novel is a piece of dazzling footwork and reveals Bailey once more as one of the wittiest, most panacheful and most graceful writers we have. I love this beautiful book (Ali Smith on Chapman's Odyssey)

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The masterful new novel from the Booker Prize shortlisted author of Peter Smart's Confessions and Gabriel's Lament, and most recently Chapman's Odyssey

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1126 KB
  • Print Length: 161 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1 edition (27 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IRXO28I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,786 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"It is love I am writing about in this memoir of a life half-lived," explains Dinu, the narrator of this elegant novella. He is looking back forty years to his youth in Paris, where he met Razvan, a prostitute twice his age, in a high-class male brothel, and began the one great passion of his life. As a Professor of Literature steeped in the classics, especially in Proust - whose presence is woven into the texture of this story - he writes in the restrained, literary style of an earlier age, yet without the circumlocutions of a Proust or a Balzac; his style is perhaps closer to Maupassant, pared to its essentials.

Razvan, the prince's boy of the title, came from a Romanian peasant family; the prince adopted him as a child and had him brought up as a gentleman. After his death, Razvan drifted, cut off from his family, country, roots and identity. Dinu, meanwhile, has been sent by his wealthy father from Romania to Paris to realise his dream of becoming another Proust. Finding his way to the brothel, his great affair with Razvan begins. Secrecy makes it all the more exciting and transgressive. After their idyllic summer together in Paris, nineteen year old Dinu returns to Romania to continue his studies. His career begins to take precedence over his affair, but the two remain faithful to each other during the years ahead. With great economy, Dinu summarises the years that follow: his career as a university teacher, critic and writer; the rise of the Nazi and the persecution of the Jews; the political situation in Romania (Nazi supporting); the corruption of his father and cousin; the growing closeness of Amalia, his new stepmother, and his step-sister; his conversations and letters with Albert, the brothel keeper.
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This is a tender, bittersweet love story between two Romanian exiles in Paris in the years before WW II. It has some of the style of a French 19th century novel: with scenes and characters subtly but vividly drawn and a clever evocation of passion, of atmosphere, of mystery and of loss. It is particularly convincing in its portrayal of the love affair of a lifetime as it contends with everyday pressures and reality. And it darkens, like a theatre, as the European world approaches war and the façade of civilisation begins to crumble.
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Beguiling, enchanted, I did not want it to end. I wanted to drink cognac in Paris. I wanted to dine Soho. I wanted to fill his other half. A tale of such beauty buried deep under the skin of each character. I will read this story once a year to discover the undiscovered gems, but to rediscover the wisdom pearls of fine story telling.
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An absorbing, well-written tale which held my interest from beginning to end. It is so refreshing to have a novel about gay men that doesn't instantly descend into graphic descriptions of sex, and which is instead about the characterisation of the protagonist and how his life unfolds.
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Well executed, with explicit wordings. Brings the various relationships to life, emotional and teasingly mysterious. Love made the sad endings of lives smilingly joyous. Loved every word, page, chapter and the whole book. On to iOS next one.
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An interesting story in a lovely edition, perfect format and layout. A pleasure for a train ride or a week-end read :)
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An interesting novel and evocative of the time, well written and keep your interest.
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