At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. They see each other clandestinely for a couple of months, until the headmaster finds out, and everything begins to unravel, including the history of what happened with Arthur Branson and Jack Emmerich and how it ruined their lives as well as Louis' life. Headmaster Louis Tremper is a repressed homosexual with a love of German opera. I abandoned it and that has only happened to me a handful of times in my life. I have mixed feelings about this one.
They were pretentious and vile and exceedingly morally dodgy; but this wasn't even tempered with superb readabl Let's be honest here, I bought this book because there was a gay theme and I like that sort of thing, so I have a fairly high tolerance for other faults if there be gayness! This includes asking for a particular thread to be stickied. Russell asks us to consider the separate fates of Tracy and Louis, the former giving in to desire and the latter never acknowledging the possibility within himself. This is very uncomfortable reading. It's been done before, from Edmund White to Dennis Cooper and it speaks to some psychic wound on the part of many gay me This was a good read and perfect for a wintery weekend. It raised a ton of questions about life and morality but never sermonized answers.
The real question is, was Noah better off or not because of his relationship with Tracy? An excellent read around a very complex issue. Tracy has a sexual relationship with a troubled 15-year-old student. Reid retells his encounters to Louis. Tracy quickly becomes a popular teacher on campus, letting the students call him by his first name. I found the subject sometimes a bit disturbing, I mean, an adult having an intimite relationship with a fifteen-year-old. A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. I saw it more as a modern morality play without any correct answers—just like life outside those of conservatives who need things to be just so, black and white, biblical.
They're all so troubled, except maybe for Betsy and Claire. When Tracy invited him back to the school to have dinner with the Trempers, Louis now realizes that Tracy is gay and turns his back on Tracy for the same reason. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. But it's beautifully written, in the same somewhat melancholy style. Please read and respect our rules below before contributing. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine.
Though Noah never says anything to his father or anyone else who might do something, Tracy nonetheless now realizes that he will spend the rest of his life feeling guilty, not for loving the boy, but for acting on it when he knew better; and not knowing if has irrevocably damaged Noah in the same way that Jack Emmerich and inadvertently Louis had damaged Arthur. But it's beautifully written, in the same somewhat melancholy style. There's simply no debating the power dynamic at play and it's hard not to just be really judgmental about Tracy's bad decision. But there are other sub-plots simmering here, too -- including the sexually repressed headmaster watching the affair develop and feeling a mixture of disgust and envy, and the headmaster's feminist wife who implausibly ends up as everyone's Best Pal as secrets get spilled. On balance, I'm glad I read this, but dear lord do I want to read something light and fluffy next. As I get older though, it gets more and more tired. And this is the great secret we all fool ourselves into trying not to know: more than anything else, Love loves anarchy.
Claire has also developed a friendship with Tracy. ? Which is truer to his real self? The story was intense and beautiful and horrifying all at once. Not desire for anyone in particular, but for an idea about the desired. Compelling and poignant, this is one of the finest work I've read in a long time. Will anyone come out of the closet? I think that it could have easily been cut down. If you're scared off by some of the controversial topics it explores, you might want to skip it. Disaster looms over the characters in Russell's Sea of Tranquillity accomplished fourth novel, as repressed and expressed sexualities clash on the sedate campus of a modern-day boys' prep school in upstate New York.
The club is run with Louis' blessing, and the novel ends with Noah realizing that unlike Arthur, his own experiences have helped him find himself and that there is hope that his own future will be brighter and happier than Tracy and Arthur, or Louis and Claire. All orders are dispatched as swiftly as possible! The narrative alternates between four characters: Tracey, Noah the student, the headmaster closet and his wife possibly closet lesbian and although I was mostly interested in Tracey and Noah I enjoyed having all four perspectives. The ending was a little too sudden and distant for me but I'd still give it top rating. I've read some of his books; he's not stupid. It's superbly written and I will definitely be reading more from this author in the future. The story focuses on two generations: the young teacher Tracy Parker that's a man, weirdly for a British reader! About this Item: St Martins Pr, 1999. He hates both of his parents and all of his stepmothers.
He's a fiend who has little time for his son, and is oblivious to what goes on his son's life. On the one hand, this novel leaves you constantly saying, no don't do it. I am amazed at how topical and incendiary this novel remains 15 years after its publication in 1999. About this Item: St Martins Pr. Is the one state of existence preferable to the other, or are both indeed equally morally compromised? About this Item: St Martins Pr, 1999.