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Old 23rd Jul 2008, 20:07   #21
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China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh certainly qualifies as a gay novel. It's also an SF novel, set in a world where "Chinese Marxism has vanquished the values of capitalism and Lenin is the prophet of choice." (From the blurb on the back cover.)
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Old 24th Jul 2008, 5:08   #22
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I read a PDF of "Brokeback Mountain" that seemed extremely short and really more of an exercise than a polished work. Did Proulx write anything else with gay characters or exploring same sex relationships?
Welcome to Palimpsest, theonceand. Sorry can't answer the question about Proulx's exploration of same sex relationships in other works. I've only read The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain. I can really appreciate your comment that the story is unpolished. Oddly enough, that's probably what I liked best about it. I believe her craft is so carefully placed within a rough seeming story that it speaks of anything but an exercise. Stylistic considerations aside, what did you think of Brokeback Mountain?
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I agree Beth. The roughness of 'Brokeback Mountain' seemed to me perfectly weighted.

Penguin will reissue Yukio Mishima's Forbidden Colours as a Modern Classics in October in the UK:



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Written when Mishima was only twentysix, Forbidden Colors is a depiction of a male homosexual relationship, in which a rich older man buys the love of a young man who is stunningly handsome but who lacks the ability to love. As in Mann's Death in Venice, the older man's longing for the beauty of youth is associated with aestheticism and death.
Ah yes: beauty, homosexuality and death. That's Mishima!
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I rated Trumpet by Jackie Kay quite highly when I read it last year. Also, I am a big Sarah Waters fan, though my favourite is Affinity. It also goes without saying that Girl Meets Boy is, IMHO, brilliant.

I've not read this one, but a (gay) friend of mine rates Ladies Almanac by Djuna Barnes very highly, along with Natalie Barney, who I confess I'd never heard of before she mentioned her.

What about Gertude Stein, The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas? Does that count as a novel?

Also, and I know I'm being a pedant, but JS, in your original post, Radclyffe Hall wrote The Well of Loneliness. Lynne Reid Banks wrote The L Shaped Room. Sorry. I'll go now.
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Welcome to Palimpsest, theonceand. Sorry can't answer the question about Proulx's exploration of same sex relationships in other works. I've only read The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain. I can really appreciate your comment that the story is unpolished. Oddly enough, that's probably what I liked best about it. I believe her craft is so carefully placed within a rough seeming story that it speaks of anything but an exercise. Stylistic considerations aside, what did you think of Brokeback Mountain?
Thanks for the welcome! It has been a couple years and now I want to reread the short story. But from memory I thought that "Brokeback" managed to paint an impressively large landscape and cover a great deal of time even though it was short--impressionistic, in other words. It's funny how that can either seem unfinished or masterful depending on perspective. I'll have to go dig up that file and reread without expecting the movie this time.

Jean Genet's writing, my personal favorite being Our Lady of the Flowers, would make my Top 10 Gay Novels.
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Alexis by Margueritte Yourcenar is a beautiful epistolary novel where the narrator try,by relating his life to his wife,to explain te failure of their union.Incredibly discrete.A discrete and poignant acount of the slow acceptance of his nature by a young man.The prose of Yourcenar is among the best i have read.
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Smith and Jones by Nicholas Monsarrat, actually, about equal parts spy novel and gay novel

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith, which I still think is her best work, and the best novel in this list

Friday by Robert Heinlein is actually written around a character who's very bisexual, definitely Heinlein's best literary foray into portrayal of same-sex love. Before then, Heinlein evolved from frank homophobia in his narration of Stranger in a Strange Land to a Harold Robbins-esque exploration of gayness in I Will Fear No Evil, to a clumsy, stereotypical portrayal of it in Time Enough for Love. In Friday Heinlein shows us a viewpoint character who has same-sex affairs naturally, not stereotypically.

Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh but it didn't have more than a gay subplot. However, the characters in the story are all drawn with Waugh's trademark panache.

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Last time I read John Wyndham's The Chrysalids it occurred to me that it was the perfect teen gay novel of its time. (1955) The shared hidden and, to the society around them, shameful secret difference (telepathy) that the children had and had to hide must have perfectly mirrored the way gay people had to hide their sexuality in the 1950s.
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