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50 Reasons to Say Goodbye [Format Kindle]

Nick Alexander
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Mark is looking for love in all the wrong places.

He always ignores the warning signs, preferring to dream, time and again, that he has met the perfect lover until finally, one day...

Through fifty vivid snapshots of life as a young gay man in Brighton, Mark takes us on a very funny tour of the modern dating minefield: from s&m nightclubs to chintzy b&bs, from disastrous blind dates to promising internet hookups... It's all here.

Wry, touching, witty and honest, 50 Reasons to Say Goodbye is a poignant exploration of that long winding road: the universal search for love.

David Tickner, reFRESH Magazine

An engaging, entertaining and intelligently written book, which will reset the boundaries for gay literature.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 580 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 156 pages
  • Editeur : Corvus (1 août 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B005UE6ICU
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (3 commentaires client)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 50 raisons pour ne pas bronzer idiot cet été 20 juillet 2004
Par "aama272"
Tout ce que nous avons toujours voulu savoir sur la vie sexuelle des gays sans jamais oser le demander. Dès les premiers mots on est entrainé dans un pélerinage léger et drôle à travers la vie amoureuse et (oh combien!) trépidante de Mark. De New york à Nice en passant par Cambridge et Sydney on navigue de bars en bars, on surfe sur le net à la recherche d'un amour improbable, et on trouve ...l'aventure. Ou plutôt de multiples aventures qui nous montrent une société gay sans tabous, qui rève, pleure, aime et se débat dans les méandres des relations amoureuses.
Le récit est acéré et alerte, souvent émouvant, jamais vulgaire, toujours captivant et terriblement instructif.
Il ne me reste plus qu'à vous souhaiter bon voyage, accrochez vos ceintures, tartinez-vous généreusement de crème solaire et suivez le guide.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Un bouquin touchant, un style formidable 6 septembre 2004
Moi j'ai adoré ce bouquin que j'ai decouvert dans une librairie en Grande Bretagne et ré-acheté comme cadeau pour une ami.
Le style est tres sec et relativement facile pour un francais, mais aussi tres riche. Nick Alexander parvient a créer des images tres complète avec tre peu de mots.
Moi j'étais "hooked" dès la premiere page.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 j'attends la suite avec impatience 18 juillet 2005
Par "doncare"
j'ai adoré ce livre. Mark, le héro cherche l'amour à sa façon et Nick Alexander, l'auteur nous le décrit à la sienne : avec esprit, humour, chaleur et poesie...
que du bonheur et j'attends la suite avec impatience
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Gay Everyman 17 janvier 2006
Par A. M. Smith - Publié sur
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Comprising fifty vignettes recounting the hapless Mark's experiences with nearly as many romantic disappointments, a story unfolds. Mark is the gay Everyman, looking for his Prince Charming and having to kiss a lot of frogs in the meantime. The writing is tinged equally with humor and bitterness, and guides the reader through all the blind alleys and primrose paths which Mark follows in pursuit of...of...well, Mark hardly even knows what it is he's seeking himself, but he knows what it isn't, and that's what he invariably ends up with. He's continually victimized -- by himself, by the objects of his affection, even by his friends, yet his plight elicits not pity but a nodding understanding. We've all been there. He's a plugger. He gets up, dusts himself off, and starts all over again. He's surrounded by a motley crew of friends and loved ones, some broadly drawn and fleshed out, others more sketchily.

Throughout the story, despite the hurdles this man encounters, runs a thread of optimism, despite the bleak and sometimes rather implausible-seeming picture drawn of much of the gay subculture -- especially the club scene. But in most instances, it's a true picture, which is food for thought.

Nick Alexander's freshman oeuvre is a satisfying read, undemanding in its straightforward simplicity of style, and can be read easily in one or two sittings. It's a wonderful lead-in to the much pithier and more complex sequel, Sottopassaggio, which differs quite a lot in both style and content, following Mark and Jenny into deeper waters. Find it, buy it, read it. Then read it again.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Fresh New Voice 12 juillet 2005
Par H. F. Corbin - Publié sur
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This little book reminds me of the best writing of Armistead Maupin and Patrick Gale. The narrator is a young 30-something who is on a constant quest for Mr. Right in all the wrong places-- well, actually in every place: England, France, Australia, the U. S, and in selected cities and bars of these countries as well as well as the internet and biker organizations. Almost to a person, these love objects are humpy beyond words at first blush; but things are never as they seem. Mr. Alexander writes with a great deal of flair and humor, is brilliant with dialogue and certainly can coin a phrase. He makes a verb out of "double take." One Roberto de Milano "seems larger than life, brick-chicken-shed of a man." He is also very good at summing up in a few sentences what many of us have felt about a PNB (Potential New Boyfriend) the moment we sense that we have taken a wrong turn and are heading in the wrong direction a la Robert Frost. About Luc, whom the narrator has met in the internet.

"'I feel happier here than I have for ages.'

A Cold front moves over my heart; I shiver. . . 'I love this,' he says. 'I love being here, your house, the garden, the cat,' he laughs. 'I think I love you too,' he says.

It's too soon and it's all too much. And it's all the wrong way round. I can feel my heart closing down. . . I don't want to be the all-in-one solution to anyone's problems."

Witty, sophisticated, addictive-- these loosely connected chapters add up to a fine novel. One other thing: you'll never feel the same way about a hard-boiled egg after reading about the narrator's encounter with the Egg Man.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Sorry to disagree, but... 21 novembre 2005
Par GJ - Publié sur
I got this book after reading several glowing reviews here, and I feel somewhat cheated: I expected something in the vein of an updated, more "now" "Tales of the City," or, in the worst case, something like a gay version of "Sex in the City'". Instead, I found myself plodding on through the pages of (mercifully short) "50 reasons...".

I guess it would be boring and counterproductive to enumerate at least fifty reasons why this is a rather mediocre book, so just the select few (other than the typos) that most immediately come to mind. The book is a chronicle - more a series of loosely connected vignettes, or episodes, than a novel - of its hapless gay protagonist's quest for - hold your breath - LOVE.

This, as it turns out, surprisingly joyless endeavor, is based on Mark's mistaken, and embarrassingly naïve conviction that having lots of quick, promiscuous (and sketchily described) sex with strangers is somehow going to magically produce at some point a great LOVE RELATIONSHIP of his life. Predictably, it doesn't. Duh.

Mark's inane failure to comprehend the basic difference between love and lust - he doesn't seem to learn anything from past mistakes - gradually gets to be more and more annoying especially since he expects us, the readers, to empathize with him after each consecutive (and forseeable) failure. In the process, his various insights have the depth and feel of children's tepid wading pool, making Carrie Bradshaw's comments on love, life, and shoe-shopping, look PROFOUND by comparison, not to mention witty, a characteristic of which Nick Alexander's style is strangely, and completely, devoid.

This is a depressing little book that should come with a free, generous sample of Zoloft.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Depressing?? This??? 15 décembre 2005
Par Greggers - Publié sur
I just had to write a review here. Saying that 50 Ways to say goodbye is depressing is just dumb. I spent a whole weekend tucked up with this book. It's Ironic, iconic, intelligent, and yes, very very funny.

Certain chapeters (the egg man for one) had me spitting my beer out.

Any gay man with a bit of a sex-life who doesn't enjoy reading this really does need some zoloft.

- Greg.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Strange and Wonderful Novel 13 juillet 2004
Par Un client - Publié sur
This is a strange and wonderful novel.
I read it in a single long weekend, and I laughed out loud and wept a bit too (prompting some very strange looks from my husband.)
When the book ended I felt empty and sad and wise and desperate for something else to replace it.
It's taken me a while to work out just what it is about this novel, because I believe that it's something magical and rare.
This book somehow manages to be more than the sum of the stories it contains and each story somehow manages to be more than the sum of the words that make it up.
Nick Alexander writes with a shocking lack of description, some of the tightest prose you will ever see, but the images and emotions created are vibrant and absorbing and at times overpowering.
This may sound over the top but I actually think that no novel like this has ever been written, and certainly no "gay" novel.
It's like reading some wonderful mixture of Virginia Woolf's stream of consciousness writing and Armistead Maupin's cheeky Tales of the City, with a dash of Queer as Folk thrown in for good measure.
Don't be put off by the 'gay' label.
Buy it. Read it. Then wait desperately for this man's next novel.
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