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The Secret Catamite 1, The Book of Daniel by Patrick C. Notchtree
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bookshelves: coming-of-age, recent-history
Recommended for: Adults only
Read from June 07 to 08, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 1

The title initially made me angry and my intention was to denounce anything perverted or possibly pedophile linked to the seller in order to get it banned. I abhor abuse of children. What I find is an unfortunately named title that will put most readers off, yet borderline apt. What you get is a young child Daniel who is out of sync with the majority of his peers and adults alike. Who is told and so fears he is different to the point of in today's speak 'a child with special needs and learning difficulties'. In reality perhaps a slower learner or late bloomer but with a potentially high IQ who has difficulty processing things as literal and in many ways unable to deal with the abstract. This leads him to stand out from the crowd and a prime target for bullies both child and adult including teachers in authority who should never have been. A child who today may be even be seen to be within the wider spectrum of the autistic scale as a high achiever. Daniel seemed to crave love, acceptance and acknowledgment by his father, who sadly committed the most awful levels of emotional and corporal punishment abuse, yet this was common experience for many children from past generations until the change in society's mindset in recent years.
My empathy and compassion, my own experiences from childhood to parenthood, nursing and teaching were recalled and roused. In part I've been that child, experienced those bullies and abusers, had teachers good and bad like Daniel, worse seen colleagues in authority behave and treat other children in this way. I'm glad this child found a friend protector, educator, sponser, supporter and ultimately lover. These two boys were still children, one a little older but still a child, they are drawn to each other and there affinity eventually includes exploring and learning about their bodies, their awakening sexuality until consummation; It is about need, caring and love. There is something beautiful even nurturing about this growing friendship and love. Today it would be frowned upon, with the eldest denounced and maybe put on some sex offenders register. Yet it is a well written story that shows the naturalness of these boys emotions and growing sexuality including there normal sexual orientation at their age for them. I can't denounce it. I understand it. I was saddened by the events that overcame their friendship at that important time in their young
lives. I look forward to reading more from Patrick Notchtree. English is very good and a well written tale so just 5 stars.
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message 1: by Becs (new)

Becs Great review Carol - this is probably a bit out of my comfort zone, to be fair, but it does make me curious.


carol Becs wrote: "Great review Carol - this is probably a bit out of my comfort zone, to be fair, but it does make me curious."

Hi Bec's, as I said I initially looked for evidence to get it wiped but what I got was a young abused boy by just about everyone except his Mom and sister but they didn't stand up for him. Along comes a police inspectors son and becomes protector of the weak, friend, schoolwork coach, someone who believed in him and encouraged him to become an achiever. It is set in my area too. Then they find their bodies sexuality and become young teenage lovers but in an era where homosexuality was illegal. No way I could condemn it. I don't see that as pedophilia. Whether that changed when he became an adult....this is the first of a trilogy. I hope not as anything that promotes children or animals used for sex purposes I will wage war against.


message 3: by Patrick (new) - added it

Patrick Notchtree Carol, thanks for the review. Part 2 which takes Simon through the 1960s is now in preparation. I don't think you need fear any promotion of paedophilia, the reverse if anything.


carol Patrick C wrote: "Carol, thanks for the review. Part 2 which takes Simon through the 1960s is now in preparation. I don't think you need fear any promotion of paedophilia, the reverse if anything."

Ok, Patrick, thank you for the reassurance, I will take your word for it. It takes courage tackling the topic. There are too many damaged children in this world, that stay damaged through life! Let me know when the second book is released, please.
You do realise your title has put off a lot of readers though?


message 5: by Patrick (new) - added it

Patrick Notchtree I considered a number of titles. I did want to be 'up front' and have one that was true to the book. Had I called it something banal then the reader might have been shocked by the content. I'm not sure now how I would go about changing it....


message 6: by carol (last edited Jul 25, 2012 03:23AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

carol Perhaps in your forward you may add your comment you yourself give in message 3 above. I think that may reassure some readers. Others will go no farther than a title.
I'm happy reading many genres and have no worries about sexual relationships between consenting adults or exploratory coming of age relationships including those that may not fit the hard dates of the law. As many if honest experience such. However, where an adult uses and abuses a child thereby damaging them for life in order to satisfy a paedophile's selfish sexual yearnings and controlling character, then this I am totally against. So where a title may lead a potential reader to make the wrong suppositions and conclusions, which I initially did and admit so in my
review, then you the author with such an inflammatory title need to address such issues in your foreword. Good luck though.


message 7: by Patrick (new) - added it

Patrick Notchtree Your comments give me pause for thought. I am rethinking the whole strategy. Rather than release each part, I am now thinking of waiting until all three parts are ready and then publishing as one book under a new title.


message 8: by carol (last edited Jul 26, 2012 01:31AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

carol Whichever you decide to go with, I would seriously consider that you put a foreword that states clearly it isn't advocating paedophilia though, Patrick, as the word/actions are so inflammatory with the vast majority of humankind that they are easily misinterpreted as I had initially done and it will affect your sales and readership no matter how well written it is.
All the best with your choice and please let me know when completed either way.


message 9: by SMi (new) - rated it 3 stars

SMi I think the title has put many potential readers off given most people's understanding of catamite. In fact, I decided not to read further than the first book in case the story continued into the land of catamite...a young boy kept for sex. I had come to like the MC and didn't want to see what must be coming given the title.


carol SMi wrote: "I think the title has put many potential readers off given most people's understanding of catamite. In fact, I decided not to read further than the first book in case the story continued into the l..."

SMi it is alright it is safe to read. Not as you think...contact Patrick via GR's and ask him too.


message 11: by SMi (new) - rated it 3 stars

SMi *whew* Ok. Thanks for that. It's been a few years since I read this one, but it has stayed with me.


message 12: by carol (last edited Jan 10, 2015 12:56AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

carol SMi wrote: "*whew* Ok. Thanks for that. It's been a few years since I read this one, but it has stayed with me."

Yes, the writer changed the title though because I said people were put off by title and yet the story was a touching one of the two lads, their growing awareness of body and desire with in the friendship. That slight age difference isn't the image the title brought to mind, or I wouldn't have been positive about it at all.


message 13: by SMi (new) - rated it 3 stars

SMi ^My thoughts exactly.


carol I have the next one will try to read it in the coming weeks.


message 15: by SMi (new) - rated it 3 stars

SMi I look forward to your review.


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