Help me find a book about a troubled young gay man.
January 10, 2008 9:04 PM   Subscribe

I'm trying to find the name of a book I read several years ago. The book told the life story of a young gay man who might have been British. Further, possibly only half-correct, details inside.

The book started off with him going to a seedy sex club he found in a free newspaper, then went into the story of his life. He had a rich father and was raised (I think) in some sort of tropical climate then attended a British boarding school. There, he had a sexual relationship with a teacher. I seem to remember the title starting with an "s" and being one word, a word that had rather negative connotations I think. I found it at my public library, but they don't appear to have it anymore. I remember a distinctive cover with the title very large on the spine, and I think the cover was mostly black and white and red. It was written by a man and most likely published within the past 10 years, although it could possibly have come from before then- the presentation of the book was very modern, though. This book has been on the tip of my tongue for years now, and my googling has been frustratingly futile. I'm happy to provide any other details that might help- I remember so much about it, it seems like, but I still can't find it by myself.
posted by MadamM to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Oh, I should add: by several years ago, I mean approximately 2003 or 2004.
posted by MadamM at 9:19 PM on January 10, 2008


Holy crap! I found it! And now I feel silly. It was The Abomination by Paul Golding. Just took some more creative searching of my library's online catalog. Hurrah!
posted by MadamM at 10:06 PM on January 10, 2008


This thread would be perfect if you asked a question, posted a follow up, discovered your own answer and then marked yourself as the best answer, all without anyone else posting. That would be sublime.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 10:25 PM on January 10, 2008


Well now you've ruined it, Admiral Haddock. I'll just have to try harder next time for sublimity.
posted by MadamM at 10:28 PM on January 10, 2008


This thread would be perfect if you asked a question, posted a follow up, discovered your own answer and then marked yourself as the best answer, all without anyone else posting. That would be sublime.

And, heck, then the next step would have been to make a donation to GiveWell!
posted by ericb at 10:44 PM on January 10, 2008


Before you answered yourself, I was thinking that it might be Nocturnes for the King of Naples by Edmund White. If you liked The Abomination, maybe you'll like that one as well.
posted by rmless at 8:47 AM on January 11, 2008


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