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3.46  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Confessions of a Gay Curmudgeon recounts the adventures of Viktor, a fifty-year-old gay man in New York City trying to get back into the land of the living after the breakup of a twelve-year relationship.

Complaining into his digital diary, Viktor wrestles with negotiating the dating scene, dealing with new corporate bosses, and his friends’ stories of sexual misadventures
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Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Published September 2nd 2019 by NineStar Press
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Joyfully Jay
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
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3 stars


The book seems to flow around three aspects of Viktor’s life: his friends, his work, and his love life. I bristled at how Viktor ridicules his friends. One of his friends is a dog person and when the dog dies, the friend is inconsolable. Viktor refuses to support his friend (who just wants to take a walk in the park on a dog-related anniversary) because Viktor has a first date with a man he picked up in a grocery store. This is apparently the friend who consoled a d
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Kerry Ashton
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed this book. The author did a great job in creating the main character of Viktor, whose stream of consciousness narrative, and combining it with the progress Viktor makes in therapy sessions with his psychoanalyst. In many ways, Viktor’s narrative reminded me of the inner journey we are taken on by the stream-of-consciousness narration in CATCHER IN THE RYE.

To me, the book captured the essence of the fears that so many middle-aged gay men experience as we grow out of young man
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Eric Murdock
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Suze
Jul 20, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5*
Well, Viktor is us all at a certain age - where are we? How did we get here? What is ahead if us?
Viktor is definitely internalising everything but through the exploits of friends, and their unwavering friendship, he does come through his mid life angst.
His love life is in flux though - after the end of a long relationship, he is having trouble getting his mojo back or even getting back out there. It is a frightening prospect for all of us - the future yawning wide in front of us, all we want
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Dara Nelson
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Refreshing, eye-opening, different, brutally real. Those are the four things that come to mind after reading this. I'll admit, I was growing tired of reading what felt like the same stories recycled over and over again - different characters, different towns - same predictable angst and happy endings. This story was so refreshingly different that I dove in with both eyes open. Meeting Viktor, who wasn't another young, fit, ripped-abs, big D man, was so wonderfully I wanted to just shout, "Yes!" ...more
Lisa
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I’m torn with this one so it’s getting 3.5 stars.

I loved the idea of it and it’s completely different to anything I’ve read before so that’s the main reason it’s getting rounded up to 4. For originality alone.

I just didn’t like Vikor. At the beginning I kind of felt sorry for him but as you got to know him or he kind of deserved everything he got. After coming out of a 12 year relationship he finds himself single and in his 50s. How things have changed in the dating scene since he was last sin
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Sarah
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. This is a slice-of-life novel about the titular gay curmudgeon, Viktor a middle-aged man who is depressed after the ending of his long-term relationship. We follow Viktor through journal entries as he talks to his therapist, interacts with friends, attempts to date, goes to his uninspiring job, and generally tries to get his life back on track. Viktor reminded me Ted from Queer as Folk, and I heard a lot of the story in Ted's voice, which improved the story for me, but ultimately this ...more
Kathryn Manzella
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Confessions of a Gay Curmudgeon by Andy V. Ambrose is an entertaining story about a fifty year old gay man trying to maneuver through life after finding himself single again after a twelve year long relationship. I found Viktor incredibly intriguing and appreciated going on this journey with him. Dealing wth work, family, friends and dating again... getting older, talking to therapists, seeing medical doctors.... I can see why he maybe a curmudgeon when so much is changing and so much is not goi ...more
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