Exploration of the aspirations of young people in France and the portaits of them when incarcerated in Mettray and Fontevrault. The prose is quite watery but the descriptive power quite amazing. A nuanced portrayal of men in prison and their inner lives. It is an extraordinary subtle book which touches on music, dress and identity. The contextual skills are sublime. Jean Genet is a true artist.
The beauty of this book is that it is written in a totally modernistic way, the writer engages you from the start describing his love of the degredation and violent homosexuality he endured and learnt to love, in his time in the children's home. It is an important book because it takes the most shocking of circumstances and turns them into a beautiful love story showing the endless triumph the beauty of the willing thug that is the ' miracle of the rose.' He describes a quite beautiful book that should make most modern writers of social realism wake up and examine the patronising angle they take on societies ill's and the dispossesed. Really, really heartbreakingly good.