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Song of the Loon (Loon Songs Trilogy #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  111 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
“More completely than any author before him, Richard Amory explores the tormented world of love for man by man . . . a happy amalgam of James Fenimore Cooper, Jean Genet and Hudson’s Green Mansions.”—from the cover copy of the 1969 edition

Published well ahead of its time, in 1966 by Greenleaf Classics, Song of the Loon is a romantic novel that tells the story of Ephraim Ma
Paperback, 248 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Arsenal Pulp Press (first published 1966)
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Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
While at first glance Song of the Loon seems to be little more than an overripe sexual picaresque, very quickly the physical journey that structures the narrative begins taking on deep psychospiritual resonances as each handsome and hunky man the main character encounters helps him understand and embrace some part of his physical attraction to other men. The intentionally grandiose tone and mythic aspirations can seem rather overwrought and more than a bit silly when read today; perhaps even mor ...more
Sarah Sammis
I read the first thirty or so pages but it was like reading James Fenimore Cooper writing slash. I don't like Cooper's style of writing on a good day. Today is not a good day.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
SONG OF THE LOON is a strange book -- too porny to be a mere sylvan romance, but too idyllic to approximate conventional expectations of pornography, gay or straight. A lone wanderer takes on the American West of the late 19th Century, meets all kinds of men from all kinds of cultures one at a time, and ends most chapters with the sharing of ideals and orgasms. One oft-quoted description of the book describes it as a mash-up of James Fenimore Cooper and Jean Genet, to which I might add Jean-Jacq ...more
Gerry Burnie
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The so-called “Stonewall Inn Riots” of 1969 are considered the ‘enough-is-enough’ turning point in GLBT relations with the broader public, and the predominantly homophobic officials who policed it. Likewise, in Canada it was the 1982 “Bathhouse Raids[1] that gave rise to the Gay Pride demonstrations. Imagine, therefore, that the Song of the Loon, by Richard Amory [re-released by Arsenal Pulp Press, May 1, 2005] was first published three
Patrick Gibson
I can’t recall ever reading a gay novel. A couple short stories over the years, maybe. Not really had any interest. But a tattered copy of ‘Song of the Loon’ popped up in a box of 60’s novels at the flea market. While looking at the somewhat familiar cover (the book used to be everywhere in the 70’s, I think) the seller said, “that’s a classic—first of its kind—started the gay revolution.” Okay, I’m all for any kind of revolution, so take my dollar…

This turned out to be a surprise. It’s pulpy, f
Hannah Givens
Aug 20, 2016 rated it liked it
I never know how to rate a historical novel. The book itself was kind of boring? But I love it. It was probably the most well-known gay books of the 60s, an insta-classic. So I love that it's extant, that it's been republished, and that the new edition has such awesome extra material included. (Interviews with the author shortly after it was published, a great introduction from Michael Bronski, etc.)

And actually, even though I was bored, by the end I'd started to understand the author's perspec
Dec 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
Wow. I first read this book back in the day. It is amazing that this book was first published three years before Stonewall! I can't think of any other book that is so celebratory about gay sex and gay identity. And it is remarkably well written. A must read for anyone who has any interest in the development of gay literature. And this edition has some wonderful supplementary material included that helps place the book in perspective in regard to its place in gay literature.
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it
My husband asked me to read this years ago, so I did. I'm not sure if I would have bothered to finish it otherwise, but in retrospect it was worth reading, if for no other benefit than the conversations it triggered between us about different types of relationships and the significance of a book like this one in American gay history, which I had initially under-estimated.
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: yes
Shelves: good, slashreaders
SlashReaders LJ: Alright well, I've been looking at a number of books recently, republished books put out by 'Little Sister's Classic's', recently. Someone else actually mentioned this book a while back. So I finally decided to pick up a copy of it.

I find this book fascinating, because I feel that to some extent it is something more serious wrapped up in the guise of something less serious. I actually read the introduction after reading the novel, which only made me feel more strongly about that
Adam Dunn
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt
I finished it. That’s a good thing.
The book itself is tedious. For the first 60% the book follows a simple pattern and then rinse and repeat. The hero sails downstream, meets an Indian, they have sex. Within the first hour of their being together they tell each other they love each other and have never loved another more. They recite long drawn-out poetry to each other. Then the hero moves on downstream and the process begins again.
There is really no description of native life to keep you intere
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