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"The City of Lovely Brothers" is a family saga, the history of Caladelphia Ranch, jointly owned by four brothers, Calvin, Caleb, Calhoun and Caliban Caldwell and how it grew and prospered, and how rivalry between the brothers led to its breaking up and decline. As the story evolves, it focuses on the love affair between the youngest brother, Caliban, who is lame, and Nick, ...more
ebook, 580 pages
Published November 13th 2010 by Silver Publishing
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SueM
4.5 stars

This is an amazing novel, although I suspect that it will not be for everyone. This is a story that follows four brothers over the course of their lives - partly told as if it were a biography, with notes from the biographer, and partly told as if the reader is watching everything unfold as it happened.

The novels starts much as a biography starts, but after the four brothers and their ranch is introduced to the reader, it changes perspective to that of a story being told in the third p
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Elisa Rolle
It was a long run reading this novel, but one that I strongly recommend everyone to take. And with everyone I don’t mean only the fans of Gay Romance, but also the history lovers, and those who are, like me, fascinated by vintage “threads”.

At almost 600 pages length, it tells the story of 4 brothers, from the end of the XIX century to the beginning of the XX century. There is a narrative voice, a fictional character who stumbles into the hand-written 8 journals of a former cowboy, Nick. Reading
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Trisha Harrington
An amazing story that feels so real I actually thought it was a true story.

The City of Lovely Brothers is a story that feels so real. It was a unique story. I felt so connected with the time and the characters through Anel Viz's writing style and amazing story telling ability. It was so real, I thought it might have been based on a true story. Not that it takes from the story in any way. I was totally in love with this story. It had an emotional depth that took my breath away.

The story spans a
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Serena Yates
I haven't read a family saga in a very long time, but I used to love them. Reading The City of Lovely Brothers reminded me of all the good ones I have ever come across while adding the more unusual angle of a gay couple as the main focus.

The characters involved, mainly a group of five brothers of whom Caleb is the youngest, came to life to the point where I was yelling at them to stop being so stupid, stubborn or plain mean (mainly the eldest brother). Caleb suffered so much, a lot due to the ca
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Erica Pike
Christ this was a good book. I went into it not entire sure I'd like it since it's about the lives of all four brothers and their families, following them from adolescence/childhood to death. Caliban, who is gay, is the main hero of this story, but I couldn't imagine it would be fun to read about the others. Since I'd promised a friend I'd read it, I picked up that nearly 600 page book and started.

I was enthralled every time I picked it up to read. I didn't have time to read it in one go (I cou
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Kathy’s Review:

The City of Lovely Brothers by Anel Viz is an engrossing novel that is so vividly portrayed that the reader forgets the story is, in fact, a work of fiction.

The City of Lovely Brothers is based on the fictional diary of Caliban’s lover and partner, Nick, and it details the Caldwell family’s life on a Montana ranch in the late 1800s through the 1930s. Calvin is the oldest of the four brothers, and he is tyrannical, unbending, and obsessed with owning as much land as possible. Caleb
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Gerry Burnie
I enjoy this type of family saga; especially if it involves interesting, colourful characters. In this regard, ”The City of Lovely Brothers” by Anel Viz [Silver Publishing, November 2010] has a full cast of them.

The author’s approach is to conjure up a fictional city, “Caladelphia,” Montana, as though it actually existed. Moreover, by referring to its street maps, city limits and equally fictional landmarks—i.e. “Hokey Hill Mall,” he does a very convincing job of it, as well. It is also a cleve
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M. Kei
Anel Viz’s saga of four brothers and their descendants, several of whom are gay, is a top notch piece of historical fiction with enough lovingly described sex to satisfy both fans of historical fiction and those who read for sensual pleasure. Narrated by an anonymous gay man who allegedly received the diaries of one of the main characters and who sought out the history of the family as a result, it gives an intimate view of how a family functions and then destroys itself.

When the patriarch of t
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Carrie
My favorite book right now! Very well written with great characters, it felt very real & plausible. I was left with a few questions at the end, mostly about how the town evolved after the depression & how was it that the last remaining Caldwells left. It would have been nice to know what happened to everyone, but the ending made sense. I highly recommend this book & am looking forward to more from this author.
Zeh
I love the author's honest and to the point style of writing, it really grips you and pulls you in. Every scene is so easy to visualize and at times it feels like watching a family drama unfolding beyond the screen of your eyes, exactly like a movie playing in your head.

There are some very lovable characters and some detestable ones as well. Through it all, there are some moments that makes you want to cry, laugh, and scream.

Each of the brothers are unique in their own ways and you'll probably
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Amber
This book isn't for everyone, I'm not even really sure I would label it a mm romance book. There are some gay characters but the focus of the story isn't exactly on them or a lot more than them. This book follows the four brothers and it follows each of their lives including Caliban who is gay. It is writing in third person and each part of the story prefaced by a historian that pieced together the brother's story through historical documents and Nick, Caliban's lover's, journal. Because of the ...more
Leta Blake
Wonderful book. Fantastic use of omniscient point of view, which is so rarely seen. Made me cry more than once. It seemed incredibly well researched but it was the humanity of it that was so beautiful and touching. Loved it. Recommended.
Francesca
This book has been sitting on my shelf for a couple months, and I'm really glad I picked it up! It kind of reminded me of A Hundred Years of Solitude, but without the hurricane carrying the city away :)
Angel
I LOVED this book! Beautifully written. It stayed with me long after I finished reading it. Bravo Mr. Viz!
Kristy Maitz
What a sad story of 4 brothers.
Marie
3 stars. ...more
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Anel Viz, born and raised in New York City, currently resides in the Midwest, where he has taught at the same small liberal arts college for over thirty years. He has lived about one-quarter of his life in French-speaking countries. He returned to his childhood passion of writing at age sixty, and ever since he has churned out works in a variety of M/M genres: poetry, short and novel-length fictio ...more
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