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In B.K. Trooper, Burnett has created one of the most endearingly bitchy and misanthropic narrators since Gore Vidal's Myra Beckenridge. Christopher is a sophisticated and sidesplittingly funny tale of seduction. Both darkly ironic and poignantly romantic, this is a remarkable debut by a delightfully witty and acerbic new writer.
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Published April 1st 2003 by Turtleback Books
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Richard Kramer
Jun 06, 2013 Richard Kramer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made me say "I want to write a book someday", even though someday came and I did write a book. What I mean is" Someday I want to write this book", and since Allison Burnett has already done that so beautifully all that's left for me is to tell you about it and press, digitally, upon you. Hesomehow inhabits the body and soul of a character who we almost never see in a full, empathic light -- the Old Queen, on his uppers in Manhattan, lusting after an Unattainable Lovely Young Man. B.K. ...more
Grady
Oct 24, 2009 Grady rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Comedy and Tragedy and Why They Relate

Allison Burnett bows onto the First Novelist Stage with a novel that is hilarious, witty, intelligent, acerbic, and warm, tender, and loving all at once. Burnett very obviously possesses a keen wit and is well read: one of the perks of reading CHRISTOPHER: A TALE OF SEDUCTION is frequent literary references and puns that stimulate the brain as well as entertain the mind.
The tale of seduction storybook is narrated by BK Troop, an endlessly provocative, causti
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Alyssa
there was so much boring navel gazing happening in this book i don't know if i could have rolled my eyes any further back into my head.
Davida Chazan
Apr 14, 2012 Davida Chazan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Burnett's debut novel introduces us to us a most interesting protagonist - B. K. Troop - a heavy set, less than aesthetic, aging homosexual man who becomes obsessed with the title character. Christopher is young, handsome, naive and painfully straight. Despite the seemingly hopeless situation, B.K. believes that he can still turn the boy into a conquest by taking advantage of his delicate situation. Christopher is a freshly divorced English teacher who has run away from the pain of losing his ex ...more
Colie!
Jun 23, 2008 Colie! rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this. I'd have to say it was maybe more of a 3.8 than a full 4, but I did, legitimately, really like it, even if it can be silly and a bit flip. I wouldn't go out and buy it, but having found it at work with a little post-it that said "FREE!", it was quite a pleasant surprise. It read quickly, had nice doses of wit, a great narrative voice and good characters. Plus it really captured New York (though in '85), which further services to fuel my current nostalgia flame. (This also, ...more
S.
Dec 02, 2016 S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where has this book been all my life? B. K. Troop, the outlandishly unreliable narrator, has rescued me from the dark depths of my Trump-related despair in the way that only flippant, well-read, aging queens could. This book takes place in New York in the eighties and it has everything: a ludicrous love quest! Raging denial! World-weary, alcohol and tobacco-soaked bitchiness! Kleptomaniac gays in kimonos! There's even Cassandra- waitress in a Greek restaurant- who knows magic spells involving co ...more
Jennifer Barbee
I got this on loan from a friend who loved it. I found it alternately hilarious and infuriating. B.K. Troop is one of those narrators that makes you often want to reach into the book and go "Wait! No, no, no....!" just as he is about to do something outrageously shameful once again. Definite points for originality - the voice is one I've not read before, and it's assuredly unflinching while maintaining a good sense of sarcasm. Also, points for great vocabulary words - look up catamite. What a te ...more
Kim
Nov 03, 2008 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
B.K., the narrator of this book, is as memorable a character as I have ever come across. He is an older gay man who becomes infatuated with Christopher, a much younger straight man. At first B.K.'s interest in Christopher is purely sexual, but he very quickly comes to care about him as a friend. It is a surprisingly touching story.

B.K. is somewhat reminiscent of Sebastian Horsley and Oscar Wilde and other awesome narrators like that. Maybe a little like Humbert Humbert also.
Angel LaBeija
Jan 01, 2013 Angel LaBeija rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully surprising and deeply affecting novel, both funny and heart wrenching; Christopher is a rare gem of a novel. Allison Burnett created an anti-hero who's doing all the wrong things, and yet you still find yourself cheering him on, hoping he'll get what he so desperately desires. B.K. Is a good person, and just as with any of us, thinks more with his heart than with his head. Ultimately unforgettable and tremendously entertaining, Christopher is a definite must-read!
Annemaria
Oct 03, 2013 Annemaria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Allison Burnett grew up in Evanston, Illinois, the son of a clinical psychologist and a Northwestern University professor. After graduating from Northwestern, he was a fellow of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Program at the Juilliard School. His novels include Christopher (a finalist for the 2004 PEN Center USA Literary Award), The House Beautiful, Undiscovered Gyrl, and Death By Sunshine.

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