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4.6 out of 5 stars
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on 28 August 2017
While it is a good story and I read it to the end, overall I was rather disappointed in this book.
It is mainly a well written and sensitive love story but now and then there are sex scenes which are badly written,
awkward and quite obscene. It is as if they have been just dropped in afterwards, perhaps at the suggestion of the publisher.
The young schoolboys are so knowing and articulate they talk like thirty year olds.
Conversations between Chris and his mother are quite ludicrous - this character could not possibly speak to his mother like that!
Unsatisfying.
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on 5 April 2013
This very well written book should be standard issue to every eighteen year old gay! Although we are left with the suggestion that Chris (the main character) may be about to initiate his first adult affair at the age of fifty, much of the "now" story reflects the emptiness of a man trapped by his sexuality rather than celebrating it. If it helps keep someone from remaining in the closet, it will have done a good job. Entertaining, touching, brilliantly observed.
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on 11 March 2018
Fairly standard gay coming of age story. I was hoping for more, but it was an enjoyable distraction nonetheless and well written.
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on 12 April 2016
What went on then and still as much undercover now.
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One of those rare books in which you sense/know? that there is a depth of feeling from the author that goes beyond imagination and becomes empathy.... a very powerful tool for writing and an amazing book.
I am still in mourning due to the completion of this book, so much so that I don't want to give any of this book away (plenty of reviews will give a synopsis)because its like a treasure that needs to be discovered . If ever you have felt at odds with the world , ever felt the pain and joy of a love that is 'wrong' - I just want to say "read it"!
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on 11 November 2011
Simply one of the best , a book to make you laugh out loud and then at times to make you want to cry. This is not just a love story but a story about how what is true can be misunderstood and how people can then lead half lives . Beautiful, dont understand why is was not more of a real sucess.
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on 4 November 2014
Beautifully written; a hugely believable and touching picture of a boys boarding school and first love. The clever use of alternating chapters of 'now' and 'then' makes this book a sheer delight.
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on 9 March 2014
An evocative novel which follows the protagonist (Christopher Metcalfe - Kit) through, as the title suggests, the then and now of his schooldays and the present. A passionate affair at boarding school comes to a sudden end and leaves Christopher confused and distraught. His inability to move on and arrested in his acceptance of his sexual orientation, as a mature adult he seeks out and finds the love of his life who has now moved on. He realises at long last that he must move on too and accept himself for who and what he is.
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on 7 December 2017
Fantastic read. Think this should be made into a film. It has essants of Maurice.
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on 21 November 2012
The only book to have made me cry! I could not put it down. The intensity of the romance and Chris looking back on the most defining moment of his life. A book which will stay with me forever!! :'(
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