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Celia's Room: Sex, Drugs and Deception in the Barcelona Night

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Kevin Booth paints an expressionist portrait of the Barcelona night in a year of sex, drugs and deception. Told through their own eyes, sensitive Joaquim--whose passion for painting will propel him into the artist's life--and cynical Eduardo--addicted to a nightlife that thwarts his ambition to write--unveil a sexual, dreamlike city, personified by the enigmatic Celia. ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published November 9th 2011 by Poble SEC Books
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Francis
Mar 31, 2012 Francis rated it really liked it
Nothing is quite as it seems. This book rejoices in ambiguity and ambivalence, successfully capturing the zeitgeist of Barcelona in the period when the optimism and openness precipitated by the restoration of democracy in Spain was fading as the ETA terrorist campaign continued to take lives, political corruption was exposed by the uncensored media, and the city began to undergo massive redevelopment for the Olympic Games of 1992.

Set mainly in the medieval Ciutat Vella (Old City), occasionally
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David James
Sep 13, 2014 David James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Booth, Kevin. Celia’s Room

If your Spanish is up to it and you don’t lose patience with the epigraphs to every chapter then you could well enjoy Kevin Booth’s immersion into the Barcelona sub-culture of the 1990s. The novel begins with Eduardo’s struggle to confess his inabilty to reconcile himself with his father, who calls him a ‘faggot’ and refuses to pay his university fees in the arts faculty in Barcelona. We soon learn that Edu (as he’s called throughout) is a painter who has rented a huge
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Alana Woods
Mar 06, 2012 Alana Woods rated it really liked it
The language in this book is beautiful, like the paintings the author describes.

It’s the story of two young men whose lives collide in Barcelona in the years preceding the Olympic Games. From two different worlds they meet in a third; one reluctantly embracing it, the other repelled but drawn to it. Celia, while not the central character, is the catalyst who moves the two towards the ending.

As far as language goes it’s one of the more beautiful books that I’ve read.

The reason I’ve given it four
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Bookmuseuk
Every now and again a reader comes across a book which is a perfect fit. For me, this is one of those books. I had very little idea of what Celia’s Room was about before I started reading it, so it was a true pleasure to enter this world and discover it was one I was comfortable in.

Alternating chapters tell the first person stories of two young men: Joaquim and Eduardo. Barcelona is almost a third protagonist in this beautifully written novel as we wind through its streets, its bars, and its sub
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Barbara Scott-Emmett
Dec 12, 2014 Barbara Scott-Emmett rated it it was amazing
Every now and again a reader comes across a book which is a perfect fit. For me, this is one of those books. I had very little idea of what Celia’s Room was about before I started reading it, so it was a true pleasure to enter this world and discover it was one I was comfortable in.

Alternating chapters tell the first person stories of two young men: Joaquim and Eduardo. Barcelona is almost a third protagonist in this beautifully written novel as we wind through its streets, its bars, and its su
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Kevin Booth
Mar 15, 2015 Kevin Booth rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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…does for Barcelona what Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown did for Madrid.

“Barcelona 1990: a blend of worlds and underworlds, a kaleidoscope of stories which interweave and fray apart, the sensation of imminent disaster… Will you be able to resist skipping to the last page?” – Estrella Ramon, writer

“…a disjointed artistry that keeps you engrossed page after page. Not a conventional story style, it reads more like a linguistic painting…” Dean Scurlock, writer.

Kevin Booth paints an express
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I won this book in a Goodreads contest, and therefore started out partial to it. But, I wish I didn't have to say this, but I really disliked it. I think the author has talent, but this is a story that did not need to be told. I would have stopped reading it much earlier if I hadn't felt obligated to read it, and it's taken me awhile to write this, as I don't want to be cruel.
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Kevin Booth pens contemporary and LGBT-themed fiction, often about Barcelona and its history, such as his first novel, Celia’s Room. He also writes about the city’s art and architecture in the BCN Free Art guides. As K. Eastkott he has created an environmentally focussed ocean fantasy exploring non-Eurocentric worlds, the Jewel Fish Chronicles. Having lived primarily in Barcelona since 1988, he co ...more
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