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The Men from the Boys by William J. Mann
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Jun 03, 2010

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I don't read many gay novels; I burned out on them in the Nineties, since so many seemed to be about AIDS and its impact. That's why it was strange reading this one, written in 1997, now. AIDS figures into the plot, but it's more a post-AIDS look at gay relationships, why they're different, and why they're also not. Still, the story, although well-written, seems dated. Maybe it's the frank and somewhat overemphasized promiscuity, maybe it's the repeated navel-gazing done by the narrator. Clearly Mann is a good writer, and I'm tempted to read some of his later work, but this novel is definitely of its time. Weird saying that about a book that's only slightly more than ten years old.

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