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The Heart in Exile

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Paperback, 224 pages
Published 1956 by Lion Library (first published 1953)
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Adam Dunn
Aug 31, 2012 Adam Dunn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt
The novel is one of the first to openly discuss homosexuality in England, printed originally in 1953.

The book starts off well, along the standard detective line, with a femme fatale coming in to the shop and asking for help, her fiancé is dead and she wants answers.
Our hero detective is a gay (bisexual?) psychiatrist who takes the case due to his own involvement with the deceased and the book plays out as a series of investigations into the death.

There's several good things in the book, and it i
Jonathan Walz
Historically important...but you want to punch the narrator in the face by the end.
scavola scavola
Mar 12, 2014 scavola scavola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The tag line is, "SENSITIVE AND DEEPLY PERCEPTIVE STORY OF THE HOMOSEXUAL AND HIS UNDERWORLD . . ." That about sums it up as, during his investigation into a friend's suicide, we come across several types of "INVERTS". From his POV as a psychologist, each of these is analyzed and, oddly enough, still ring true today. Quite an intriguing and informative book, with a little bit of heart at the end . . .
E.M. Taggart
Sep 09, 2014 E.M. Taggart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First published in 1953, this novel uses the investigation of a gay man's suicide as a framework to educate the reader about homosexuality and the gay subculture. The protagonist is a gay psychiatrist who explains the many different types of gay men and gay lifestyles to the reader as he questions various people who knew the suicide. He also engages in some analysis of why homosexuality exists, though the only point there a modern reader is likely to agree with is that gay men cannot be "cured". ...more
Jul 12, 2014 Thomas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I happened upon this book while I was looking up the definition of “occult”, when that word is used to describe something as secret, hidden or concealed from view. There was this quotation supporting the definition:

“Although in the typically occult language of the time, Garland's prescient account [in his notorious homosexual novel of 1953 The Heart in Exile] catches society at a crossroads.”

“Occult”, “ prescient”, “ notorious”, “homosexual” – this book seemed
Feb 04, 2015 carelessdestiny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nicely-plotted
It's strange that this novel isn't more celebrated. It's so of its time (London just after WW2) and yet very forward looking in it's attitude towards the way gay men struggled to achieve self-esteem. The narrator - a psycho-analyst - at times is thoroughly dislikeable and at other times completely admirable, very much like how we feel about ourselves.
Virgowriter (Brad Windhauser)
Not the most well written book you'll ever read but hyper important in queer lit, especially given the era in which it was written. Like most gay fiction, it has the Air of tragedy but without a whiff of apology. That, like Highsmith's the Price of Salt, makes it a big deal. Groundbreaking in its honest examination of gay life style. Still holds up.
Sep 22, 2016 Cecil rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some parts of the book were interesting, particularly those parts which described life in the 50's. On the whole, I found the book boring.
Jan 05, 2015 Ronald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent... Interesting insight into the states of mind surrounding homosexuality in post-war Britain.
Four stars as a study of gay British life in the 50s, but the narrator had such a didactic tone and being in his POV was not great. Lots of out of date, "not even wrong" Freudian theories.
Probably the low point was him seriously comparing his homosexuality to another person's pedophilia.
Fabulously dated lines about the appeal of the working classes. A real glimpse into a life no longer in existence. Class and sexuality both changed so much since it was published. Lovely description of Islington as a slum area.
The narration was too slow. I was a third into the book before the mystery finally presented itself. There was a long section where all the MC does was ask the same questions over and over. I'm ashamed to admit I DNF.
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Valancourt Books: The Heart in Exile (1953) by Rodney Garland 11 20 Jul 03, 2014 10:23AM  
Childhood: His father was a civil servant in Hungary, first as a county official and then in the Treasury. He rose to a high position and retired with a title.

Work: When Adam de Hegedus was 21 in 1927, a year before his university final examinations, he traveled to Britain, partly to learn English for the Hungarian diplomatic service, and partly to read up on international law for his doctoral the
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