- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: BLISS (23 Jun. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906413886
- ISBN-13: 978-1906413880
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.3 x 21.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rory's Boys Paperback – 23 Jun 2011
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"It is the insightful, tender way Mr. Clark deals with the important underlying issues that will make this book a classic in its own genre-and hopefully within the mainstream genre, too." -- New York Journal of Books "New York Journal of Books"
Top Customer Reviews
I am not one to gush..No seriously. However if I find something to gush about, gush I must.
I have just finished a book called Rory's Boys by Alan Clark (pub 2011). Amazon sent it to me to review. A good job really as if I had seen the really naff cover on a book shop shelf with its terribly anodyne blurb on the front I would have sniffed and walked by. Marketeers are not what they used to be!
The fiction (for it is such) centres around the establishment of the first gay retirement home in the UK. Oh but what a fiction! Skilfully written with pathos and wit it has, as I am assured they say in theatrical circles, a bit of everything, laughter, tears etc. Added to this the author has a real talent for well placed one liners. The result, I laughed out loud more times than for any other novel in the last ten years and cried an appreciably similar amount of times. The characters are, well really characters. The plot is outlandish but feasible if you are or have known/loved someone who is gay and of a "certain age". It's been a while since anything made me feel proud to be an ageing fairy in a world obsessed with youth but this book did it.
Is it a great literary work? No, thank God, it's much more fun than that. I read it in two sittings. It is however a great first novel and will, given the chance bring much pleasure to many. Why not give it the chance? It's worth it!
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No I do not know or sleep with the author or any members of staff connected with the publishers.
All the way through, the novel delights with its wit and colourful characters. Unexpectedly one in particular almost steals the show: Rory's former school matron straightlaced Elspeth Wishart branches out awesomely. (If ever filmed, this is surely a role to be fought over by the country's leading veteran actresses.)
Serious matters underpin the fun. People deserve lives free from prejudice. Note that television interview where aging pop idol Vic d'Orsay is confronted by a bishop declaring exactly what God thinks of people like him.
Surprises, shocks and tragedy feature amidst so much that richly amuses. The central theme I found moving. Rory, admittedly at a great price, is creating a real home for those perhaps disowned by relatives once their sexual preference became known. Ever since so many have drifted. Instead of their facing ever-increasing loneliness, Rory is ensuring the Autumn of their lives becomes an Indian Summer.
No way is this a novel to be read quickly, it crammed with moments to savour. Paragraph two on page one will have many laughing aloud, the first of a whole procession of hilarious treats.
The story is written in the form of a diary from Rory's perspective as part of his therapist's suggestion of dealing with his emotions.
At first I didn't think I was going to like this book and in fact was not particularly taken with the 'stereotypical' Rory and his promiscuous 'cant commit' gay lifestyle. The book is good fun and very well written with lots of twists and turns and interesting plot lines and at the end of the book I found that I could sympathise and connect with the character of Rory. This is certainly a very humorous and fun read and will certainly be enjoyed more by men of a certain (middle) age!
I look forward to seeing further books from this author.
Each page is loaded with evocative imagery of people and places that immediately feel familiar, or any road beautifully sketched in.
I also feel it teaches you a few key lessons in life especially if you're feeling a bit gay or reflective (or both).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the book and have rebought it for a friend UNFORTUNATELY it has not arrived yet and is past the arrival date. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mr. T. Pincham
Well apart from the plot spoiler on the front cover (tut tut publishers, I expect better) the novel was exceptionally good, enjoyed every moment of it! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mark
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hilarious and funny - stylishly written, the perfect book for those cold winter nights in front of a blazing log firePublished on 11 Jun. 2013 by Mr. A. Dauer
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