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Sucking Sherbet Lemons

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  220 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The classic and classy gay comedy about how Benson comes out after many experiences first in the garage where the gear he is interested is not mechanical or chemical. Then he is sent to learn to be a monk which makes him a permanent temptation for the older brothers who lust for fresh meat in a most unBiblical way. A great book with a new introduction by Simon Callow.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 1st 1989 by Black Swan (first published August 12th 1988)
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Robert
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-fiction
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James
Sep 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plume, gay-fiction
Although its theme may sound forbiddingly serious, an English adolescent comes to terms with his homosexuality while simultaneously sloughing off the hair-shirt of a pious Catholic education in this very funny first novel. Fat and unhappy, besotted with guilt and furtive sexual longings, Michael Benson is growing up in a working-class neighborhood in a city on the northwestern coast of England in the early sixties. A 14-year-old compulsive bed wetter, Benson makes up for a dreary existence with ...more
Matthew Bright
Jan 20, 2014 rated it liked it
At some point about a year and a half ago I bought about fifty different gay coming-of-age novels from Amazon marketplace, and piled them up in a teetering to-be-read pile. Very few of them have actually been worked through yet. Sucking Sherbet Lemons is on the most positively-reviewed: Amazon reviews are all four and five stars, and the press seem to view it as a minor overlooked classic. About a year ago I started reading it and abandoned it after five pages or so. Not because it was bad, per ...more
Sarah
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love this book, it is wonderfully childlike, vivid and funny. I can read it again and again, beautiful.
Ghazzawi
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Light and comical. Rich in religious Irish culture. Still relatable for those struggling with their sexuality within the confines of religious conditioning.
David
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This most hilariously touching and poignant coming-out, coming-of-age story I've ever read.
Hugh
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bruno's in the garage...
Charlotte
The last fifty pages are by far the best but I wouldn’t say are worth the first 220.
Joyce
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Mandy
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2012
Okay, 2.5 stars, though the writing deserves more, the writing was lovely. It's what was being written about that I didn't enjoy. I'm sure there is a market for books full of descriptions of children having consentual sex, but I am just not in that market. Actually there was never a point at which I thought that I would stop reading, even when two boys attend an orgy, because I was immersed in the story, It is after I have put the book down, when the power of the writing has faded, that I feel d ...more
Jenny Roth
May 31, 2012 marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jenny by: Publisher's Weekly review
I can't fairly rate this book, since I didn't read very far into it. Let's just say it wasn't my cup of tea. Maybe I was tricked by the citrus-themed title, but I was expecting something similar to Oranges are Not the Only Fruit: a coming-of-age tale about a child grappling with the equally confusing worlds of sexuality and religion, complicated by his discovery of his own homosexuality. But from what I read Benson's ideas about Catholicism and sexuality were pretty clear-cut: what I'm doing is ...more
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Strange, strange book....
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