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The Wild Man

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  88 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Antonio, a disillusioned bullfighter, loves Juan, an idealistic peasant migrant. Jose, a feisty woman journalist, loves Serafita, a sheltered upper-class girl. They call themselves the "heretic quartet." In fascist Spain of the 1960's, these four lovers struggle to keep their secret amid brutal family clashes and terrifying religious repression.A searingly tender story of ...more
Paperback, 317 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Wildcat Press
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Nov 04, 2014 Benjamin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay-fiction
The wild man of the story, Antonio Escudero, approaching thirty, is the descendant of a long established aristocratic Spanish family, and as the eldest son now the holder of the family title, but much to the disapproval of his family he is also a leading matador, but even worse - if he were discovered - he is gay. A chance meeting with a younger peasant farm boy by the name of Juan following a successful bull fight will set the two men on a dramatic and dangerous course, and change their lives, ...more
Tim Farmer
Jan 17, 2017 Tim Farmer rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful, lavishly written story of love set against the backdrop of Spanish culture of the 1960s during the waning years of Dictator Franco's rule. Political, cultural, and familial persecution of gay people figure prominently. The story is one of hope for happiness and success, but it tells us these things do not come without great personal sacrifice.
Nov 30, 2014 Anne-Marie rated it it was amazing
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A turbulent, epic love story that begins in the Basque country in the Franco era and spans several decades to reach its conclusion.

The love story is between Antonio, a once higly successful and popular 30-year old matador, who is contemplating retirement after a nearly fatal injury sustained in a bull fight, and Juan, a charismatic, wild-spirited 23-year old peasant. Both have lived their true nature in the shadows, both have wounded hearts.

The author bookends the story as narrator of the prolo
Oct 31, 2010 Calen rated it really liked it
Patricia Nell Warren is one of my favorite writers, and this novel is another example of her excellent story telling. It's based on the love story of two men she knew personally, but richly enhanced by her way with words. At beginning and end of the novel she included a prologue and postlogue of her actual time with the two men, which I thought really enhanced the overall story. It's obviously fictionalized, but reading about her with the two men and seeing where they ended up, really brings the ...more
Apr 30, 2011 manatee rated it it was ok
In the hands of a more talented writer, this story could have been very moving. The plot and setting were interesting: a gay matador's life in the 1960's during Franco's Spain. The character of Juan, the farmhand who dreams of being a vet and falls in love with the matador was memorable. The pact made by the gay matador and his lesbian twin sister to marry each other's lovers so that they could all pass as straight was a great plot twist. The love scenes were effectively handled. There is just o ...more
Sep 13, 2007 Larry rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
This was actually the first book that she wrote even though it was not the first published. It is the love story of a matador and one the peasants from the city he grew up in. I really enjoyed this book and it really made me want to visit Spain.Patricia has spent time there and it is very evident from the descriptions that she writes.She has no trouble dealing with countries where gay love is a taboo subject. This book happens during the Franco regime.
Gerry Kelly
Aug 13, 2012 Gerry Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay-fiction, a-own
Another terrific gay love story with lots of historical facts, i.e. about Spain's social policies during the end of the FRANCO REGIME. Interesting story of a bigtime bull fighter and his loves and his love of his homeland. GOOD READ A++
Harry Kloss
Mar 07, 2011 Harry Kloss rated it it was amazing
A great story about the difficulty of hiding who you are in fascist Spain when you don't fit in one of the cubby holes prescribed by Franco or the Catholic church.
May 19, 2015 Iris rated it really liked it
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Finally, I managed to finished this one. This is one story with a good ending but still makes me sad.
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Patricia Nell Warren grew up on a historic ranch in Montana, spent many years working in the New York media, and has lived and traveled extensively in Europe. She now resides in Los Angeles County, where she writes both best-selling fiction and provocative political commentary. While her earlier works came out from establishment publishers like William Morrow and Random House/Ballantine, today Wil ...more
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