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Good books that every gay guy should read

Unread postby arcanepersona » 16 July 2015, 13:04

The Charioteer Paperback by Mary Renault
Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima
Forbidden Colors by Yukio Mishima
Christopher and His Kind by Christopher Isherwood
Maurice by E.m. Forster

I like books about homosexuality was consider underground because I find that the people then tend to have this strength and hardness about them.
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Re: Good books that every gay guy should read

Unread postby xyz72 » 16 July 2015, 13:31

Just because I'm gay I should have a special interest in literature with gay overtones?

That said, I do like Mishima. His private life was fucked up to hell and back though. Haven't read those particular works from him, but I have noticed his treatment of homosexuality.
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Re: Good books that every gay guy should read

Unread postby arcanepersona » 16 July 2015, 16:03

xyz72 wrote:Just because I'm gay I should have a special interest in literature with gay overtones?

That said, I do like Mishima. His private life was fucked up to hell and back though. Haven't read those particular works from him, but I have noticed his treatment of homosexuality.


No, I wasn't saying that. I will say that the reason I recommend those books because it's a good introduction of what's its like to be gay if you're coming to terms with being a homosexual.
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Unread postby TigerTiger » 16 July 2015, 16:28

I liked just for fun, everyone worth knowing lol it is chick lit, but it helped me to imagine many trips, so it was for visualizing my future in terms of traveling! cheers!
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Re: Good books that every gay guy should read

Unread postby Muspelli » 16 July 2015, 16:44

The Brothers Karamazov comes highly recommended from this gay man. Get the Penguin Classics translation, it's more faithful to the original work.
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Re: Good books that every gay guy should read

Unread postby EleniDoSorto66 » 16 July 2015, 20:01

Muspelli wrote:The Brothers Karamazov comes highly recommended from this gay man. Get the Penguin Classics translation, it's more faithful to the original work.



I just recently finished reading that book. Every sassy gay man that I know of reminds of Grushenka; she was a major hardcore bitch, but I couldn't help but like her. I also had a huge lit-crush on Alyosha.

I recommend anyone who hasn't to read The Gormenghast Trilogy. Weird books; author had a dark vision of our psychological flaws projected on the outside of our bodies - though this isn't made immediate. He writes beautifully, almost like poetry. It is unlike anything I've ever read.

And since we've discussed gay-lit, we should all read the novel Faggots - just saying. Good book too.
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Re: Good books that every gay guy should read

Unread postby Lucas » 16 July 2015, 21:40

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Re: Good books that every gay guy should read

Unread postby Ko » 18 July 2015, 12:08

Is Maurice good?

I don't know if its worth reading it :o
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Unread postby paupal » 30 July 2015, 18:04

The Joy of Gay Sex I think is an absolute must read. It has all the information a gay needs, esp all the sections on disease. This book has it all, and with some nice illustrations
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Re: Good books that every gay guy should read

Unread postby Hunter » 30 July 2015, 23:26

xyz72 wrote:Just because I'm gay I should have a special interest in literature with gay overtones?

That said, I do like Mishima. His private life was fucked up to hell and back though. Haven't read those particular works from him, but I have noticed his treatment of homosexuality.

Yes, you should have a special interest in gay literature because it describes the sums of our experience. Literature especially is a brilliant window into the human condition.

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Re: Good books that every gay guy should read

Unread postby TranscendEnoch » 11 August 2015, 20:56

I loved 'Out of the Pocket' by Bill Konigsberg
and 'Call me by your Name' by Andre Aciman

I recommend the last one HIGHLY.
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Re: Good books that every gay guy should read

Unread postby Nezqikvlogs » 2 September 2015, 07:08

I suggest The Rainbow series by Alex Sanchez.
Those really helped me out when I was a young little questioning queer.

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So much for the gay flag being rainbow...I guess I'll stick to good ol' black and white...)
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Re: Good books that every gay guy should read

Unread postby Halt Arrtay » 16 March 2020, 21:35

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Re: Good books that every gay guy should read

Unread postby Eryx » 16 March 2020, 22:03

arcanepersona wrote:Christopher and His Kind by Christopher Isherwood
I made the Portuguese subtitles for this movie, it's excellent! I didn't like Matt Smith all that much with Doctor Who, but I definitely learned to appreciate him after watching this one.
Nezqikvlogs wrote:(excuse the BORING, COLORLESS font...I was reprimanded for turning my font a bold teal
by some person name something like Marmalade or Marmapoop...can't remember.
I didn't know all these colors to the right of where I'm typing were just for decoration...
So much for the gay flag being rainbow...I guess I'll stick to good ol' black and white...)
You know... You're under no obligation to stop using different colors just because Marmaduke doesn't like it lol. Do whatever you want.
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Re: Good books that every gay guy should read

Unread postby theone » 20 April 2020, 15:51

'Something Like Summer' by Jay Bell and all the sequels to it. A revolutionary novel for me.

All books by Riley Hart are spicy and enjoyable. I wish I had enough time to read all her work.
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Unread postby Eryx » 21 April 2020, 15:39

I don't know if anyone's mentioned it but "My Queer War" is pretty interesting as well, an autobiography of the guy's times in the Army as a gay man (not sure if Army or Marine or Navy... I can never tell the difference). He gets very intellectual afterwards and has some pretty cool exchanges with big names.
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Re: Good books that every gay guy should read

Unread postby Halt Arrtay » 22 April 2020, 01:15

You should check out Sacrati by Kate Sherwood.
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Re: Good books that every gay guy should read

Unread postby mrmadness » 25 April 2020, 23:15

Muspelli wrote:The Brothers Karamazov comes highly recommended from this gay man. Get the Penguin Classics translation, it's more faithful to the original work.


Why? What's it about?
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Re: Good books that every gay guy should read

Unread postby mrmadness » 25 April 2020, 23:23

arcanepersona wrote:The Charioteer Paperback by Mary Renault
Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima
Forbidden Colors by Yukio Mishima
Christopher and His Kind by Christopher Isherwood
Maurice by E.m. Forster

I like books about homosexuality was consider underground because I find that the people then tend to have this strength and hardness about them.


Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx
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Re: Good books that every gay guy should read

Unread postby Halt Arrtay » 26 April 2020, 23:00

mrmadness wrote:
arcanepersona wrote:The Charioteer Paperback by Mary Renault
Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima
Forbidden Colors by Yukio Mishima
Christopher and His Kind by Christopher Isherwood
Maurice by E.m. Forster

I like books about homosexuality was consider underground because I find that the people then tend to have this strength and hardness about them.


Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx


Brokeback Mountain was a goodish book. I was confused when it ended like that.
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