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Faggots by Larry Kramer
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Jun 09, 2011

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Whoa, this book definitely lived up to both its title and its cover art. I first became interested in this book after reading "And the Band Played On," where Larry Kramer emerges as an unsung hero of the early AIDS crisis in New York. “Faggots” is mentioned in that work as a divisive manifesto that enraged members of the gay community for its portrayal of gay men as sex maniacs incapable of monogamy. There’s certainly some truth to that argument and it’s easy to see why the book has its decriers. However, the book’s lead, Fred Lemish – an obvious stand-in for Kramer himself – pulses with humanity as he struggles to find love and self-acceptance. Sometimes the book feels like it’s trying to shock for shock sake and there are definitely some scandalous scenes, but most of those scenes inject the right amount of humor to keep the story relatable. Be forewarned that this book is not bus friendly, unless your aim is to scandalize seatmates. Best download on a Kindle.

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