- Paperback: 152 pages
- Publisher: Lulu.com (16 May 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1411607546
- ISBN-13: 978-1411607545
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.9 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,984,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
50 Reasons to Say Goodbye Paperback – 16 May 2004
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"An engaging, entertaining and intelligently written book, which will reset the boundaries for gay literature." -- David Tickner, reFRESH Magazine
A witty, polished collection of vignettes set around the
experience of gay dating. Order this snappy little number. -- Tim Teeman, The Times, 17 July 2004
A witty, polished collection of vignettes... Order this snappy little number. -- Tim Teeman, The Times, 17 July 2004
Alexander is an attentive and skilled writer, an immediately easy, speedy read... dry, wry, camp humour... This is exciting. -- Nadia Gilani, GingerBeer.co.uk, September 2004
Modern gay literature at its finest and most original. -- Axm Magazine, December 2004
This perceptive and obstinately optimistic book balances passion and pathos with wit that entertains, whimsy that charms, and wisdom
that engages. -- Richard Labonte, Book Marks
Truthful, moving, witty, optimistic... Disarmingly, honestly personal in a way that makes the book as a whole speak to everyone. -- Joe Storey-Scott,Gay Times, October 2004
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Through fifty different adventures, Nick Alexander takes us on a tour of modern gay society: bars, night-clubs, blind dates, Internet dating Its all here.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is brutally honest; he relates his feelings and in particular, his despondancy and thoughts of suicide as each new partner just fades away as inevitably as a one night stand. When he does finally find someone that makes him happy, fate plays a cruel trick; and he is back once again to the beginning.
If this was a book about straight people, people would compare it to Bridget Jone's Diary or others. As it is about gay men, some will immediately turn away. But I would suggest that you should read this whatever your particular preference. This is a book about real feelings and human frailities; and as such, most people should be able to relate to it.
Be aware that there are some very graphic descriptions of sexual practices including sado-masichism; it might not be suitable for the immature or younger readers. But hopefully, it will help you understand just how much of a stuggle, love, the most basic of human desires can be.
Nick Alexander has fashioned a novel that is at times moving, (I defy anyone not to relate to at least some of the incidents, emotions and insecurities) and at times laugh out loud funny. (Lets hope none of us ever goes home with the egg man.)
The book is written in episode form with short punchy chapters, (think Maupin's Tales Of The City) and so is perfect for those who want to pick up something for a few minutes to read before they settle down for some pleasant dreams, or for someone who can't put it down and needs to devour it all in one go.
Gay Literature should be as varied and complex as the gay community who read it. There is a place for the dark (Edmund White) the thought provoking (Patrick Gale)and now a new name who is also a recorder of the richness of gay experience - Nick Alexander.
Trust me. Don't let this one be the one that got away.
It tells the story of Mark and the successes and failures in his social and love life. It is a compelling and amusing read. This book is fiction at its best-beg, steal, borrow or preferably buy it-you won't be disappointed
Mark (the protagonist) draws you in to his life and its easy to feel that you know him already because he really is a reflection of all of us.
Try this book, buy this book.....Loved it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book by Nick Alexander- love his work and this is no exception.Published 7 months ago by mags
I have enjoyed some of Nick Alexander's books, but this one is not at all enjoyable. Is there a plot? To me, it seems the narrative is gratuitous and the story boring. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Carol Anne
You should make it clear what the book is about. I had no idea. It was repetative boringPublished 10 months ago by Carol Van Rinkhuyzen
This book has taken me on a journey, not just in terms of the storyline itself, which tugs on your heartstrings at times, but because I have learned so much about the angst of... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sarah Wood
So disappointed, always read Nick Alexandra, did not like this at all. I have worked with young gay men for 13 years in London and this story was no way a reflection on how they... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ladym