Enjoyed thisInteresting plagiarism debateThe plagiarised plagiariser After reading the reviews of this book
And How Gut Wrenching how gut wrenching ending was I thought I d give it a go I d just re read Forster s Maurice and was wanting a bit of a gay period story Oh dear I know that it s possible to have a hateful protagonist and for that to add to a book but even horrible people need to grow or at Dreadful The plagiarism alone would justify one star but even on its own merits the book fails It s chock full of solecisms about both England and Spain in the 30s making it obvious even in ignorance of the facts that Leavitt must have borrowed heavily when he wasn t engaged in outright fantasy A truly ridiculous book Initial reactionArgh my heartActual reviewSometimes when I finish a book I Imagine That! loved it so much that I have to write a review right away However sometimes a book affects me so that I need a few days to decompress This is theatter While England Sleeps takes place in
1930s Europe It SEurope It s from the point of view of B From the blurbAt a meeting of republican sympathisers in London Brian Botsford a young middle class writer and Cambridge graduate meets Edward Phelan an idealistic self educated London Underground worker They share a mutual attraction Across the divisions of class they begin an affair in secrecyBut Edward posesses an unproblematic capacity to accept Brian and the Elena's Conquest love that dare not speak its name whereas Brian is cautious and under family pressure agrees to be set up with a suitable young woman Pushed to the point of crisis Edward threatens to volunteer to fight Franco in SpainThere are to my perception ateast a few inaccuracies in the blurb but I won t uibble over them This is an excellent book which I devoured in two sittingsIt has a readability that draws the eye and the narrator s voice is completely convincing It s written in first person there is a faux prologue written in 1978 where Brian explains that he s now Sister of My Heart living in America and considers himself to be an American and an epilogue whichooks back at 1938 from that fifty year gap Both of these devices go far to convince that the book was written by Brian and not by David LeavittLike As Meat Loves Salt although not to the same extent Brian is not a ikeable or attractive character A product of his class he coasts through ife unlike Edward who takes what he wants with enthusiasm facing what he is face on Brian still thinks that being homosexual is just something one did at school and that he would get over it although it s obvious he s deluding himself He s a playwright and he plays at it having no drive to support himself he sponges off his Aunt Constance or Inconstance as he cruelly calls her as she doesn t pay him regularly enough for him to depend on her support He mumps off his friends and generally won t commit to one thing or another which eads to the crisis event in the book one which he will regret and will haunt him Brian Bostford tem vinte e três anos é escritor e regressou a Londres depois de uma estadia na Alemanha Inuieto com o ue se passa à sua volta não compartilha as ideias políticas da classe onde nasceu Numa reunião organizada pelo Partido Comunista para apoiar a causa da Repú. Uple days Yes this is a title parody of Winston Churchill s 1938 While England Slept Leavitt s While England Sleeps takes place in 1936 1937 and focuses on a young man s coming to age story in LondonBrian Botsford the main character along with his Oxford classmates Nigel John and Rupert are in a different caste and rebel for the cause against the rising Fascist power in Spain Edward Phelan with Communist beliefs falls in ove with Brian and their sexual relationship is not only erotic on page but believable in heartbreakHighly recommend and after reading two David Leavitt books now I m a fan I read this book in a single sitting I
Couldn T Put It Downt put it down trajectory of the relationship and the pathos of Brian s denial of what all dream of passionate ove and simple commitment whether it is ever possible to achieve either in the form presented in this story or not is another uestion and the subseuent Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story loss of all through the meaningless and unecessary death of Edward had me pinned in ways I would never have expected Much of the intensity the story carried for me may have had much to do with events in my ownife I eft the barren hearth of home for the futile endeavour of a war in Cambodia in the 70 s and a tragedy unfolded there for me in exactly the same fluid incremental way that Edward s death evolved in this story It was on me before I even realised that it was circlingIt is not difficult for me to imagine that had I been alive in the 1930
S In Europe Iin Europe I almost certainly have ended up and probably ended in Spain It carried so many similarities to the debacle I did throw myself into confusion dedication heroism idealism betrayalintrigue romance futility and much death and destruction for a simple beautiful people who deserved betterFor me the most impact in this story came through the simple straightforward accounting of how one person fuelled by fear and the expectations of culture in driven pursuit of what they think they want can cruelly almost mindlessly close their heart to anotherI was saddened deeply by the threads from my own past drawn by this story so vibrantly into my present A book so bad I had to solicit aesthetic slurs to describe it One friend suggested waistcoat ripper and we l stick with that I didn t even need to see the controversy over plagiarism mentioned in a Goodreads review to know this book was a ripoff The author s prose changes with the setting when his characters are having sex in England their speech and mannerisms sound ike the half informed imaginings of a pretentious 17 year old who just binge watched the TV serial of Brideshead Revisited when his characters are having sex in Spain the book reads ike gay Hemingway An incidental character keeps dropping in and out of the narrative for the sole purpose of allowing Leavitt to steal from Christopher Isherwood as well The blurb on Kindle made this book ook an interesting gay spy novel but it s just bad gay ro. ?o com uma mulher Edward decide então ir combater para EspanhaA partir daí o romance até então uma crónica subtil sobre os jovens intelectuais fascinados pela esuerda e pelo dandismo converte se num admirável fresco sobre um dos períodos mais cruciais da nossa história. .
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Or the rest of his Moonrise lifeI found it to be tremendously absorbingike the best of historicals it immersed me in the era without info dumping As I ve said before if a book reads ike it was written in the time rather than about the time it earns big kudos from me The class divide might be hard for non Brits to grasp but pre war it was still relevant than people would suppose I felt ashamed of Brian s inability to admit his affair to his own "friends but then found it perfectly acceptable to talk to Edward s "but then found it perfectly acceptable to talk to Edward s about it I wanted to smack him with the clue by four several times in the book but that s ok that meant that the author was doing his jobIt also brings the situation in Europe at that time into sharp relief there s a ovely sub plot with a friend of Brian s who is attempting to get a friend out of Europe which breaks your heart and you as the reader knowing what is going to happen in a few short years hold your breath and weep at the hopeless cause and After Tamerlane: The Global History of Empire Since 1405 loss ofife that is the Spanish Civil WarIf you prefer to Alien Alpha like your protagonists then this book might not be for you but if you want a meaty and rich story that takes you so viscerally into the period that you can smell the steam engines and feel the bubble of the champagne of the Fast Set then youl enjoy this as much as I did A definite keeper I don t have the anguage for book reviews and have no wish to repeat what other reviewers have said in much better English I found the book very engrossing and showed a flawed main character who ives with the results of his behaviour for the rest of his ife Although it sounds dramatic it could in fact happen
to anyone not knowing whether something you did or eft undone would have affected someone elseanyone not knowing whether something you did or eft undone would have affected someone else ife profoundly I read the book straight through and regretted finishing it so uickly I l re read it at my eisure Well worth any expense incurred This was an intriguing read for me I Beautiful Ghosts love this period Laurie Lees As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morningis one of my favourite books and there are similarities which is a good thingI alsoike the casual way that sex was sometimes dealt with in the 1930 s at timesThis started off so well it was funny there is scene where an elderly relative writes a Alexandra, Gone letter praising the way that he s dealing with Germany where I spat water out Brian and Edwards romance starts off gloriously and I was seduced by romance reading into imagining this would be at the veryeast HFN Edward s family are touching and funny and Edward himself is a beautifully realised characterThen Brian a total product of his upper class breeding where its ok to fuck boys but one day you will fall in ove with a woman and get married reverts back to type The way the relationship flounders and Edward feels the distance between them was achingly sad and realThe way the book ended was not totally satisfactory for me bu the writing was grand I may be adding this to my favorite shelf in the next co. Blica espanhola conhece Edward Phelan um jovem proletário ue trabalha no metro de Londres e pouco depois começam a viver juntos Mas Brian apesar da felicidade ue sente com Edward está convencido de ue a sua homossexualidade é uma uestão passageira e inicia uma confusa relaç?. ,