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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  196 ratings  ·  17 reviews
A candid novel about male sexuality and pornography, this is the story of one man's obsession with two different women and the formative childhood experience which defined his sexuality.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Riverhead Trade (first published 1997)
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God, so. What to say about a novel that left me emotionally exhausted every time I picked it up and desperately wanting to read just five more paragraphs every time I reluctantly put it down?

It's a love story, but not in the traditional sense. Love of another. Love of the self. Love of vices (namely pornography, prostitutes and booze, with some drugs and masturbation thrown in for the Yatzee). Love of one's own misery. Love of the past. Love of what could have been. Love of hope that hasn't been
John Gustafson
The first novel from Glen Duncan, whose Last Werewolf series integrates an uncharacteristically adult sexuality into the burgeoning subgenre of supernatural romance. It's good to see that from the beginning, Duncan was willing to frankly grapple with uncomfortable subject matter in order to explore some of the more unsavory human desires, and able to write about sexuality without being pornographic or gratuitously titillating. Hope focuses well in particular on the after-effects of emotionally r ...more
Gabriel Jones could be your boyfriend, your husband, or even yourself--he's an intelligent, charming, poetry-loving university graduate; he believes in love; he's capable of strong friendships--and he's been seeing a gorgeous high-priced call girl who picked him up in a London caf. He's also addicted to pornography. In fact, it's his attraction to pornography that causes the collapse of his relationship with the one woman he has ever loved.

Hope is a novel in the tradition of Philip Roth's Portno
This book was a struggle - not because of the subject matter but because of the way it was written: with smaller font, few chapters, and complex sentences/descriptions. Maybe it wasn't the best book to read while in an airport and on a plane.

The ending I could see coming a mile away. Points off for obviousness.

I found myself, once I finished the last chapter, wondering what the point of the book was. He didn't really stop looking at porn, but it wasn't really an issue he dwelt on in his present
I stumbled across this book at a dollar store, looking for something to read on my lunch break at work. From the first page, I was hooked -- not only on this story, but on Glen Duncan as an author. Every once in a while, when I start thinking to myself, "I could write novels..." I pick up one of Duncan's books and am convinced that I could never manage a feat like that. His stories break my heart, but I read them over and over again.

And, thanks to I, Lucifer, he introduced me to The Real Tuesda
Nikki O'lague
I agonized for the character...I kept reading. It made me depressed, but very well written.
Paul Turner
My favourite book of all time ---- such a shame it's out of print
Sep 12, 2011 Paula marked it as to-read
Only on page 7 so far. Got hooked on page 2 with this: "They travel through the city unopposed by contingency, because they have the universal contingency antidote: money. Their days don't go wrong, hings don't fuck up, their pockets don't sag with change."

My roommate left it on the table for me as a hint and said this is the first book he's ever read that he wanted to take a highlighter to & he does not do that.

Let someone borrow it before I finished ... it hasn't come back yet. :(
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Matt Piechocinski
I found this book to be really frustrating, but ultimately pretty rewarding if you can stick through the "cheer up emo kid" of the protagonist. It's like a cross between Nick Hornby and Chuck Palahniuk. The only thing that I'm still kinda confused about is the whole Mr. Mink subplot, which I think was Katherine's way of working out her prostituting with the psychological damage her father had done to her.
It may be a first novel, but it's Glen Duncan's first novel. Perhaps it's just the overwhelming sadness that this one wrought in me that made me give it three stars. To be fair, Duncan was not yet a stylistic black belt here. He definitely proved that he was in possession of chops, but the unrelenting negativity of this one really got me down. Maybe that speaks to the book's power, though. Not sure.
Picked this one up randomly from the bookstore one day. While Duncan can really write some amazing paragraphs, the character philosophizes way too much (and whines a lot too.) The plot was too disjointed. 100 pages or more could have easily been cut from this book to make it better. After reading this, I haven't read another Duncan book again and probably won't anytime in the future.
I have to say, after a dubious start, this book soon developed into one of the best reads I've had in a long time.

The plot was gripping and not repetitive at all, which it easily could have been. The book crafts a brutally honest insight into human nature and experience which comes through on every page.
Oct 22, 2013 Deborah marked it as to-read
My current state of mind won't allow me to digest what I am reading. I tried but got stuck. However I know GD is brill so will retry later on. I will not abandon this one.
A dark, brooding book, which isn't reall like anything else I have ever read. I saw elements of myself in the book, which I expect most men will...
nothing spectacular, but I was in fact surprised by the surprise ending, so that's something.
RK Byers
perhaps the ultimate "guy" book. every dude will understand.
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Aka Saul Black.

Glen Duncan is a British author born in 1965 in Bolton, Lancashire, England to an Anglo-Indian family. He studied philosophy and literature at the universities of Lancaster and Exeter. In 1990 Duncan moved to London, where he worked as a bookseller for four years, writing in his spare time. In 1994 he visited India with his father (part roots odyssey, part research for a later work,
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