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London Triptych by Jonathan Kemp
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Mar 15, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012
Read in March, 2012

Gorgeous evocation of changing gay identity over three distinct periods, focusing on three different characters in London: the time of Oscar Wilde, the 1960s and then the late 1990s. (I did find that the latter two periods are not as readily distinguishable from each other as they are from the Wilde period, and that the 1990s section seems the weakest or least impactful of the book). What I loved is that Kemp does not shy away from the pathetic, sordid and downright ugly sides of his characters -- this makes them all the more profound and universal. If you like Edmund White and Alan Hollinghurst, you will love this.
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