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At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O'Neill
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Sep 03, 2010

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It took me forever to read this book. At first I was stumped by the Irish dialogue in the beginning. After about a month, I finally made it through (after starting and stopping many times) and then it was a thrill ride. Pages flew by.

And then


Jim and Doyler finally had sex.

The question of whether or not they would ever actually consummate their growing love is what gave this book momentum. And when it actually happens, almost 100 pages from the ending, it lost some umph. So I put it down for a while. Which is a shame because the final scene was done pretty well.

I will warn you that this book is very Irish. So prepare to be depressed.

All in all though, I recommend this if for no other reason that to learn about the Easter Uprising and to be reminded that same-sex love has been around for a while and that there have always been those who could move behind pathologizing themselves to actually find some kind of love and acceptance in the world (which of course the tragic ending of this book somewhat refutes, but who's counting?)
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