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Martin and John by Dale Peck
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Aug 17, 2008

it was amazing
Read in August, 2008

It's true, the literature that came out of the epidemic — Our Holocaust, as one older gay jewish friend described the dark years of the 1980s and 90s to me the other day — is so singularly unmatched in depth, intensity and emotional dimension. It's hard to find writing which captures so well the suffering and also the surviving of so many, as the AIDS literature from that era.
Dale Peck and this first novel is firmly in that league.
It's a classic I could read over and over again, and continue to walk away with something fresh. Something I hadn't seen before.
"Martin and John" offers — to borrow Peck's words — more than understanding. Empathy.
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