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The Toronto You Are Leaving

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  9 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
A controversial, fanciful, fictional novel that talks about the stuff that people are afraid to talk about - THE TORONTO YOU ARE LEAVING is the tender, bitingly honest story of a young gay man's coming out and coming of age. David is the university student, the bookworm who is just beginning the joyful, difficult transition of bringing his private self forward. Colourful, ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 2006 by Untroubled Heart Inc.
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Adam Dunn
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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The best gay-themed book set in Toronto, without question.

I went looking to read versions of stories similar to my own and tried to find books set in gay Toronto at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. I found five, only five, and this was the most accomplished.

It's rare to see a first novel so fully fleshed out and not focused solely on the self. This book is a big, epic book, spanning decades and covering the gay history of Toronto. I feel like some people may be turned off by the AIDS angle
May 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Anderson's book was published after his death by his mother as a memorial to his life after he died in 1991 from complications from AIDS. By virtue of being a vanity project it suffers from a lack of good editing. This combined with a heavy handed third person narration makes it at times a difficult read. However, the subject, the gay community in the 1970s and 1980s and Anderson's some times poetic turns of phrase makes it worth the effort.

"In reality, gay Toronto was a small town: its meeting
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found this book in a random library search for another title with the word 'leaving'. I wanted to read it to remember my years with the gay community in Toronto during the mid70s... the haven I found among those men: the freedom of the island and the sunburn, the nights of dancing in the clubs, breakfast at sunrise at the Howard Johnson's on Yonge St, the brunches at Bemelman's, the hanging out and dinners together in their apartments in the gay village. And Bill, ironing his shirts for work, ...more
Neil Mudde
Aug 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Perhaps it is a reflection of my age, having lived through these years described in the book. It is for me a book with many words, and sometimes tedious affairs, or encounters which turn into affairs. There is the account of one of the characters, who is having an affair with another who encounters another person in a park, and has sex with him, the book takes this on at great length about how this might fit into their relationship, which may all be fine and dandy, but rather unimportant, having ...more
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
For me this book was a strange mix of the totally recognizable and completely unrecognizable recent past. Most of the story takes place in the 1970s as David, recently arrived from Victoria, B.C. explores his gay identity in Toronto. Of course Toronto landmarks and street names abound, but this is a very different Toronto culturally and ethnically. The plot then moves to the mid-1980s with the coming of AIDS and its effects on the characters. The interaction between David and a very interesting ...more
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