Lo siento, pero no he podido con este libro Seg n los expertos, es la historia gay m s hermosa que se ha escrito hasta ahora, pero yo no estoy de acuerdo Es m s, hay frases que te dejan de piedra helada contra las mujeres Y no s lo eso, sino que el personaje de Harlan es odioso En serio quiere tener ni os l, que ya los tiene y ni se acuerda de sus hijos Parece iron a. This is a classic bittersweet m m romance, written back when that was a far rare and risky thing It is a wonderful book, and has lost nothing in the decades since it was written The 1970 s setting is a vivid backdrop, the main characters are wonderful and complex, and the ending still makes me cry after many readings As we browse through the candy store of contemporary m m romances, this is one to read and savor, and to remind us of the things that change, and the things that remain the same. 2019 UPDATE Patricia Nell Warren died at 82 Her gay male novels of the 1970s eg this one, The Beauty Queen, The Fancy Dancer were eye openers for young queer me RIP, and thanks.I ve come to think of this as a very flawed book because its heroes don t get anything like their richly earned HEA True to its times, death stalks them But before thattranscendent love and not just slaked lust though there s plenty o lust slakin indeed Revelatory for my 1976 self I am sad it never got its moviePaul Newman optioned it way back when and the bubble machine hit overdrive imagining him as Harlanbut I m deeply glad it was around in its flawed glory when I was young and impressionable Love Ordinary, human love between two men, neither of whom wore marabou or make up And then that ending I think rising sea levels started when gay guys hit the last three chapters of this book It still hurts forty three years later to think of the ending My goodness, I m even tearing up, I can not believe just remembering it affects me so profoundly Patricia Nell Warren, you did real good. De esas lecturas que se necesitan para cambiar el mundo Los h roes son gente an nima. Sigh What to say about this book I do understand that it was brave and sensational and groundbreaking I do understand that it changed the lives of many people who read it I do understand that it was a product of its time and that times are different now I do understand how it helped lay the foundation for other queer novels to follow But seriously, it is just so Extraordinarily Bad There, I ve said it. I love it soo sooo much It goes directly to my favorite shelf.Review later, I hope I ll be able to write a proper review one week laterI really have a lot of thoughts about it, but it is impossible for me to type a review on my smartphone at the hotel lobby it is the only place with a free internet access I enjoyed reading this book it wasn t the best written story, but it depicted an honest and candid story involving two men in love when the gay liberation movement was just picking up steam It was written by a woman, which I find intriguing, and involves a relationship between a college track coach and one of his students separated in age by a considerable gap.The story has quite a few issues for me mainly the development of a relationship between the two main characters it is clear that Harlan is attracted to Billy with no development Their relationship just suddenly ferments and develops into fruition There are quite a few stereotypes presented in the book and the laydown of Harlan at the very start of their relastionship marriage or its over seemed a bit off.For all the book s faults, I enjoyed reading it and will read it again in the future I felt for Harlan and the many struggles he underwent, could relate, and rooted for him from the beginning The standout quality aside from the characters relationship and development was the idea that liberalism was simply the idea of acceptance in which people are judged on their personality and not on physical appearance while acknowledging people s freedom to make their own choices As Harlan progresses from conservative to liberal , nothing is mentioned about social programs or the other crazy stuff that, in today s society, makes one a liberal A liberal then was simply someone who acknowledged everyone as a human being and didn t discriminate or hold prejudice a concept I can get behind.The book is full of some very memorable and interesting quotes that made me chuckle Macho gays, all of them I should have recognized those leather pants of Billy s I m not one of your mealy mouthed permissive liberals The gay who is a good dancer can turn even the fox trot into an uninhibited celebration of male sexuality i like to think so also A few sentences later All the action was in the hip jerking, the crotch gyrating, the buttock twitching and the thigh weaving sort of spoiler.don t readunless you want a hint How many times would I have embraced him that night, how many times would I have kissed him, if I had known the name of that stranger lover who was already in Montreal, who had already bought his stadium ticket from a scalper for the 5,000 tomorrow.That implacable lover who was going to turn Billy s eyes away from me forever. Rest in Power, Patricia Thank you for the wonderful words. A smarter man than I might have noticed the word Tragic on the back cover of this book That s all I ll say about how it was that I ended up blubbering in the midst of the Atlanta airport last week on my way to New Orleans.This book was phenomenal That it has just had its 20th anniversary makes it all the stunning to me for its ability to hold up over time, as so many books struggle to do Set in the year leading up to the Montreal Olympics, we follow the life of an ex marine Coach who begins very much in the closet, and who falls in love with a gay runner left in his charge.Warren s characterizations are fantastic you can feel these people, their emotionality has an absolutely realistic pulse, and the love story at the core of the novel left me aching The historical content was spot on her treatment of what gays and lesbians of the period went through was frighteningly accurate, and at the same time quite a positive reinforcement of many the things we have accomplished This book is a glimpse at the social rights movement that brought us this far, as well as the lives of two gay men written so well that you really will breathe with them.But, like I said, perhaps not something to read on vacation in an airport Or at least, pack a handkerchief You ll be glad you did. First Published In , The Front Runner Raced To International Acclaim The First Novel About Gay Love To Become Popular With Mainstream N , Coach Harlan Brown Is Hiding From His Past At An Obscure New York College, After He Was Fired From Penn State University On Suspicion Of Being Gay A Tough, Lonely Ex Marine Of , Harlan Has Never Allowed Himself To Love Another Man Then Billy Sive, A Brilliant Young Runner, Shows Up On His Doorstep He And His Two Comrades, Vince Matti And Jacques LaFont, Were Just Thrown Off A Major Team For Admitting They Are Gay Harlan Knows That, With Proper Training, Billy Could Go To The Olympics In Montreal He Agrees To Coach The Three Boys Under Strict Conditions That Thwart Billy S Growing Attraction For His Mature But Compelling Mentor The Lean, Graceful Frontrunner With Gold Rim Glasses Sees Directly Into Harlan S Heart Billy S Gentle And Open Acceptance Of His Sexuality Makes Harlan Afraid To Confront Either The Pain Of His Past, Or The Challenges Which Lay In Wait If Their Intimacy Is Exposed But When Coach Brown Finds Himself Falling In Love With His Most Gifted Athlete, He Must Combat His True Feelings For Billy Or Risk The Outrage Of The Entire Sports World And Their Only Chance At Olympic Gold I was simply gripped by this book I have lived through the horrors of apartheid and know of the horrors of slavery and the slave trade in the United States This book describes the discrimination and brutality suffered by gay people from the 1930s to the 1970s and in many ways it is like apartheid I was simply riveted Quite often I was brought to tears The book describes the life of a gay athlete whose private life with his coach became the focus of attention for politicians, the media and the public all of whom tried every trick to have him dropped from the Olympic team all because of his sexual orientation How he overcame these obstacles through sheer determination and strength of character and the support of his partner is most inspirational.It is one of the best books that I ve read in a long time.
Patricia Nell Warren grew up on a historic ranch in Montana, spent many years working in the New York media, and has lived and traveled extensively in Europe She now resides in Los Angeles County, where she writes both best selling fiction and provocative political commentary While her earlier works came out from establishment publishers like William Morrow and Random House Ballantine, today Wil
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