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Adam: A Sensuous Coming of Age Tale

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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  252 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Adam is a delightful 16-year-old who does well in school and spends his spare time practising the cello. Or that’s what his parents think. But there is another side to him, as farmer’s son Sylvain discovers when he meets Adam alone in the middle of a wood… The results of this chance encounter are explosive in this classic, passionate story of illicit romance and teenage ...more
Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Anchor Mill Publishing (first published August 1st 2003)
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Jeff Erno
Adam is a modern-day adolescent love story set in rural France. Adam is a sixteen year old boy from England who moves to France when his father's engineering company dispatches him to work on a bridge construction project. While there, Adam adapts rather quickly to the French language and culture and develops friendships with a handful of his school mates. He also meets an older boy, age 22, while exploring the countryside one afternoon.

Adam's acquaintance, Sylvain, is ruddy and extremely manly.
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm really thankful for the community of people on this website. Without them, I wouldn't have all these great books to read. That being said, this book was fantastic!
I fell quickly in the French country side that was painted for me so vividly I thought I was there. Words flowed effortlessly for this author, excellent follow-thru, this author spins words with such an eased Caress he is a beautiful poet. His characters were insightful, witty and had a voracious appetite for being young and using
I'm at a bit of a loss about what to say because any words I string together sound a bit lame after reading this book. It really is beautiful.

It tells the story of Adam, a rather precocious 16 year old who has moved to France temporarily with his family. So what can I say about Adam? He is intelligent, he is a talented cellist, and he likes wanking. Oh, he really likes wanking. He really, really likes it, be it on his own, up a rope in gym class, with his school mates, thinking about his school
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I simply loved this book and fell in love with the writers poetic style.
Noel Roach
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written in a 'literature' style rather than the more 'pulp fiction' style of most books with a gay theme. I have seen other reviews that criticise this as being 'too wordy.' Personally I rather enjoyed having to pay attention to what I was reading and grab the dictionary on occasion. The more formal use of language and idyllic rural French countryside setting give the book a historic or at least a timeless feel. It is only the mention of email, that allowed me to place the novel into a late ...more
Suki Fleet
This is one of my all time favorite books. I cannot praise it enough. The writing is just so beautiful and evocative it swept me away- I feel I lived the rural French setting, the sensuousness of Adam's relationship with Sylvain.
I found the ending a little strange but it did not detract from the novel, just puzzled me a little.

Suki Fleet
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A moving exploration of the confusions of gay adolescence. The book is sensual, but the sex scenes do not dominate the story. The characters are interesting, and the story stands alone, although there is a sequel and we are left interested enough to want to know what happens to the relationships. My only quibble is that all the main characters, including a 23 year old, are prodigiously productive, and if the author assumes this is normal, based on his own adolescence, then I feel sorry for the ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well written book.

The story and characters development was very good. An easy read that has a sense of reality. At times it stretched beyond reality.
Darius Chan
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting take on teenage gay romance.

On the entirety, this was a rather disjointed story. The ending could have included a bit more on Sylvain’s side of the story.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book ......well written and evocative of place (rural France) and adolescent discovery.
Cor Cordium
3.25 Stars

This was really difficult for me to rate. I liked it, it was well written, but way too wordy. It was distractingly wordy. I found myself scanning and skipping a lot of material to get to the story.

Adam was really confusing. He's a 16 year old boy. He excels at everything he does. He's articulate, talented, intelligent and lives an extremely privileged life. He meets an obviously, mentally unstable man (who is constantly referred to as a boy) and develops a sexual and emotional
Feb 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
This is a fast read and kept me interested, but ulimately the plot was somewhat off-putting. The central romance is a little odd -- a 16-year-old boy and a 23-year-old with the apparent mental age of 14 -- so I found it hard to feel invested in it. Adam's bed-hopping didn't help, even if this fickleness is authentic teenage-boy behaviour.

It seems like everyone Adam meets is gay, which is slightly unbelievable, as well as the fact that three different boys declare their love for him. Um why? He's
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an odd and fascinating book. Adam's relationship with Sylvain was crazy and inappropriate and I wasn't sure exactly who was the teenager and who was the adult at times. I did enjoy Gary's talks with Adam where he tried to make the teen see that he was behaving recklessly. There's a lot of wanking going on here (which, I guess makes sense when you're dealing with a sixteen-year-old boy and his male friends), I found the constant descriptions of this a little tiresome. I am looking forward to ...more
Nov 21, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
Everyone seems to like this book but i didn't get the fuss. I know it sounds weird but it was a bit too wordy, everything was over described and it didn't really add to the book. The plot was bizarre and not in a good way. The characters were awful, they seemed like horrible people, and it made you want to chuck the book. The ending was just as bad. Didn't get the fuss or the hype.
Aug 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay
It took me a while to get used to the formal style but it didn't detract from my enjoyment.

The characters and plot are fairly two-dimensional but its never boring.

As far as sex is concerned, it's all very restrained; there's little to embarrass your grandmother.
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it

I really like this book in terms of setting, characters and storyline.

Not sure if it would be realistic but still quite enjoyable.

It was different than the typical us high school drama and all

Goodread :-)
I had to put this one down. I liked the characters, but I don't think I like where this is going. I may be getting tired of book series where the heroes challenge is his lover. Also, there seemed to be so much extraneous to this story that I found myself skipping ahead to get the real plot.
Vincent Dalton
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cannot get enough of this author!!
Kc Cooke
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this book when I was 16. Completely connected with it. A fabulous read.
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really liked it. Can't wait to read the sequel.
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written - Great plot if a little difficult to appreciate the cultural antagonisms - Can't wait to read the sequel.
Jun 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was beautifully written, but the descriptions of Adam's lover were really off-putting, sounding patronizing and making fun of his poverty and dark skin.
Jan 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Anthony McDonald studied history at Durham University. He worked very briefly as a musical instrument maker and as a farm labourer before moving into the theatre, where he has worked in almost every capacity except those of Director and Electrician.
His first novel, Orange Bitter, Orange Sweet, was published in 2001 and his second, Adam, in 2003.
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