Category: GLBT Challenge

Review: Nothing Like the Sun by Anthony Burgess

Summary:  Anthony Burgess’s Nothing Like the Sun is a highly fascinating, albeit fictional, re-telling of Shakespeare’s love life.  In 234 pages, Burgess manages to introduce his reader to a young Shakespeare, developing into manhood and clumsily fumbling his way through his first sexual escapade… Continue Reading “Review: Nothing Like the Sun by Anthony Burgess”

Review: A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

Summary George, the main character, is an English-born gay man, living and working as a literature professor in Southern California.  George is struggling to readjust to “single life” after the death of his long-time partner, Jim.  George is brilliant but self-conscious.  He is determined… Continue Reading “Review: A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood”

Review: A Season in Hell and The Drunken Boat by Arthur Rimbaud

Summary: A Season in Hell and The Drunken Boat is a collection of short prose poems, the title poem of which is perhaps one of the shortest (but most well-received).  “The Drunken Boat” is a longer (six pages) prose  poem, added to this collection… Continue Reading “Review: A Season in Hell and The Drunken Boat by Arthur Rimbaud”

Review: The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs

Summary: The Soft Machine is a semi-continuation of what Burroughs began in Naked Lunch and also seems to be a prelude to Nova Express, though I have yet to read the latter. This novel, in typical Burroughs fashion (read: shocking, course, disturbing, blunt, incoherent,… Continue Reading “Review: The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs”

Review: The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis

Summary The Rules of Attraction takes place at New England’s Camden College – the starting point for many characters in Ellis’s later novels.  The novel is written in the epistolary fashion – each segment is a different character’s journal-type entry.  Sometimes these segments match… Continue Reading “Review: The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis”