thought-provoking drama and fiction
Volpone a new version
One-Man / Woman
Californian Lives (m/f)
Now We Are Pope (m)
Tadzio Speaks . . . (m)
The Butterfly's Wing
First and Fiftieth
A Sense of Loss
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This is an interesting first novel by a young writer. It narrates the story of Mark Robertson, a 29-year-old school-teacher and would-be song-writer, as he reglects alone over a weekend on his past love-life. The interest comes from his experiences mainly with three very different lovers, and their sex together.
Many gay men will be able to identify similar situations and emotions from their own lives.
The different attitudes of Mark's lovers to their sex lives vary from an insistence on absolute monogamy through acceptance of other casual partners to promiscuity but none of these satisfy him. He is not just self-centred, but a shallow wimp; not so much narrow-minded as unthinking. The result of his weekend ruminating is to accept himself as he is, and to approve the promiscuous life he sees as inevitably ahead of him, devoid of its former romantic aspirations.
Mark Robertston comes across clearly as no role-model for romantics.
Roy Saich original
And in the red corner . . .
"... With its interchanging flashbacks it requires concentration, but this is a story which deserves and demands such effort. Martin Foreman has hit the nail on the head with his first novel. Weekend deserves the widest possible audience and should not be missed."
Gay's The Word Newsletter April-May 1991 (UK)
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