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 Topic: Top 10 gay and lesbian novels
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mrgregoc  



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Posted: 20 Jan 2004, 1:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Top 10 gay and lesbian novels Reply with quote

My Top 10 (in no particular order):

"Confessions of a Mask" by Yukio Mishima
"Le Livre Blanc/The White Book" by Jean Cocteau
"At Swim, Two Boys" by Jamie O'Neill
"Rubyfruit Jungle' by Rita Mae Brown
"Sea of Tranquility" by Paul Russell
"Toward Amnesia" by Sarah Van Arsdale
"Like People in History" by Felice Picano
"Aquamarine" by Carol Anshaw
"Letters to Montgomery Clift" by NoŽl Alumit
"An Arrow's Flight" by Mark Merlis

Someone also mentioned the Top 100 List from Publishing Triangle. That's a great source of books.

Happy reading!!

-Greg



skraame wrote:
I am on the lookout for good books to read! I would be very pleased to recieve some top 10 rankings of gay and lesbian novels. Not only by English and US writers (but preferrably books that are translated into English).

Best regards,
BÝrge
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loverboy  



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Posted: 24 Jan 2004, 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ADAlvarez wrote:
Here are my favorite queer fictions:

--Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig
An essential read -- post-Stonewall gay fiction rarely matches its verve and inventiveness. Read it in Spanish if you can...!

-- The Passion by Jeanette Winterson
My favorite fiction from my favorite lesbian author.

--Saki: The Complete Saki by H.H. Munro (Saki)
A much underappreciated gay author...

-- Was by Geoff Ryman
Finds the kingdom of Oz in unexpected places.

-- China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh
Imagines a Chinese Communist future through the eyes of a Chinese-American gay man.

-- Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand by Samuel R. Delany
Out of print at the moment -- deserves a new edition.

--The Body and Its Dangers and Other Stories by Allen Barnett
This one also needs to come back into print.

--Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
A fascinating, infuriating book.

-- Five Novels by Ronald Firbank
A campy delight.

--Mapp & Lucia by E. F. Benson
The entire LUCIA series is a hoot -- this is the best-known volume.

--Angels in America by Tony Kushner
This is a play, but it's included here as an extra as it's a favorite...

Hope you enjoy them!


geoff ryman is an amazing author! if you enjoy Was you will really enjoy Unconquered Countries: 4 novellas. this isn't glbtq lit, but it is eerie in a way i can't describe and utterly wonderful.

sa
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Posted: 21 Feb 2004, 12:39 pm    Post subject: Top 10 Novels Reply with quote

Any list of Top 10 is necessarily arbitrary. I won't attempt it. However, here are some titles that don't seem to have been mentioned specifically in the previous posts. I believe these are well worth reading:

The Lost Language of Cranes--David Leavitt

The House on Brooke Street--Neil Bartlett
Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall--Neil Bartlett

A Boy's Own Story-Edmund White
The Beautiful Room is Empty--Edmund White
The Farewell Symphony--Edmund White
Caracole--Edmund White (ostensibly straight but after reading the first three you can see parallels)

Flesh and Blood -Michael Cunningham

The Adventures of Felix Krull, Confidence Man, Part 1--Thomas Mann

The Swimming Pool LIbrary-Alan Hollinghurst

These are 10 that come to mind right now--There are so many others. And don't forget poetry, biography, history, drama, and nonfiction.

Good reading!
TMF
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Ace  



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Posted: 22 Feb 2004, 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My top ten list:

People in Trouble by Sarah Schulman

Zami, A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde

Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

The Year of Ice by Brian Malloy

Second Son by Robert Ferro

The Lost Language of Cranes by David Leavitt

The Boys on the Rock by John Fox

Family Dancing by David Leavitt

Vanishing Rooms by Melvin Dixon

The Irreversible Decline of Eddie Socket by John Weir
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snazzoo  



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Posted: 6 Mar 2004, 4:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Top 10 gay and lesbian novels Reply with quote

skraame wrote:
I am on the lookout for good books to read!


Here's the first 10 that come to mind:

Paul Russell - SEA OF TRANQUILLITY, THE COMING STORM, THE WAR AGAINST THE ANIMALS

Brian Malloy - THE YEAR OF ICE

Alan Hollinghurst - THE SWIMMING POOL LIBRARY

D. Travers Scott - EXECUTION, TEXAS: 1987

Eric Gabriel Lehman - SUMMER'S HOUSE

Neal Drinnan - GLOVE PUPPET, PUSSY'S BOW, QUILL
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snazzoo  



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Posted: 6 Mar 2004, 4:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Top 10 gay and lesbian novels Reply with quote

skraame wrote:
I am on the lookout for good books to read!


Here are some more novels: AN ARROW's FLIGHT and AMERICAN STUDIES by Mark Merlis, DANCE ON MY GRAVE by Aidan Chambers.

For good short stories, the following by Ethan Mordden: I'VE A FEELING WE'RE NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE, BUDDIES, etc.

For interesting character studies: C. Bard Cole's BRIEFLY TOLD LIVES

For historical interest: THE YOUNG AND EVIL by Charles Henri Ford and Parker Tyler

For a light-hearted romp: PUTTING ON THE RITZ and MY BLUE HEAVEN by Joe Kennan, and THE MOVIE LOVER by Richard Friedel

For beautifully written but depressing short stories: IN SEPTEMBER THE LIGHT CHANGES by Andrew Holleran
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Posted: 15 Mar 2004, 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i would suggest also jeanette winterson's novels. there are great:)
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Posted: 24 Mar 2004, 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love to read and one of my favorite books is Chasing Lightning byRachel York. the book is completely intrancing.
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Posted: 4 May 2004, 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Carlos Armenteros, El Lago, it made me cry and find hope. Soon available in English, that is if a publisher is willing to buy my translation.

Leopoldo Alas, El ExtraŮo Caso de Gaspar Ganijosa, it made me laugh and cry.
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Posted: 3 Jul 2004, 6:21 pm    Post subject: A recommendation Reply with quote

Hi. I will be so crass as to recommend my own debut novel, which follows two gay teenage boys in Hawaii. It's called Clay's Way and it's published by Alyson Books. It's available on Amazon.com, alyson.com and in your local book shop.
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Posted: 21 Jul 2004, 12:52 pm    Post subject: Top Ten Gay Books Reply with quote

My favorites list would include;

Borrowed Time by Paul Monette
The Persian Boy by Mary Renault
The Year of Ice by Brian Malloy
Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley
The Object of My Affection by Stephen McCauley
The God in FLight by Laura Agiri
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin

For fun:
Fag Hag by Robert Rodi
The Dreyfus Affair by Peter Lefcourt
My Blue Heaven by Joe Keenan

For teens I would recommend:

Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez
Geography Club by Brent Hartinger
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
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Hi_you  



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Posted: 27 Oct 2004, 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Density of Souls by Christopher Rice.

Its a quick yet wonderful read. Its about a high school student who must survive the abuses of his former friends when they learn that he's gay. The student seems to do well despite their attacks. A great contemporary fast-paced book.
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Posted: 27 Oct 2004, 1:19 pm    Post subject: Books Reply with quote

I'm not much of a reader, but many of the books that were mentioned sound pretty interesting. I'll let ya know what I think!
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gebrelu  



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Posted: 7 Jan 2005, 11:20 pm    Post subject: Re: coming out novel Reply with quote

septimus wrote:
I am writing my phd dissertation on the coming out novel and i would like to know what's your favourite book on that subject.
Thank you for your help


James Baldwin's Go Tell It on the Mountain is it. Sexuality is usually seen as a sub-text but I read it as coming out instead of being born again. Fascinating.
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pupyly  



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Posted: 27 Jan 2005, 1:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Top Ten Gay Books Reply with quote

I would have to say that off hand my top ten gay books would have to be...



1) Tipping the velvet by: Sarah Waters (in my opinion, the second best book ever written)
2) The price of salt by: Patricia Highsmith
3) Oranges are not the only fruit by: Jeannette Winterson
4) Soul Kiss by: Shay Youngblood
5) Savage Nights by: Cyril collard
6) Keeping you a secret by: Julie Anne Peters
7) What Night Brings by: Carla Trujillo
8) Curious Wine by: Katherine V. Forrest
9) Another Country by: James Baldwin
10) Mabey Next Time by: Karin Kallmaker





Imajica by: Clive Barker(the best book ever written, it is not a 'gay' book but is definetly worth reading....if I had to choose between my mother and this book....the book would definetly win.......by a land-slide.)

:)hope you enjoy
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