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I Look Divine Read & download é 6 ✓ Like Dorian Gray the exuisite Nicholas limned in this sleek and troubling novella may become a cult figure The self absorbed narcissistic young man feels he has been exceptional from the moment of his birth by Caesarian section; he was thus unmarked and perfect than other babies There is no such thing as perfeSightly lines he never smiles when photographed; to avoid even a trace of fat he eats little the obi of the kimono in which he often poses winds twice around his waist The men he fancies bestow upon him rare enamels ivory carvings jewels because he explains with apparent guilelessness to his older brother who narrates the novel it pleases them to do so But ointments and finer. It takes a lot of skill to write a book with an unlikeable character that people still want to read Austen did it with Emma and Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho also comes to mind Nicholas who won’t be in photos and controlsmanipulates all aspects of his image compulsively is not uite in the same league This combined with a very tired ‘brother with the flashback’ structure make for a trying if brief read This book contains way too much pointless jet setting and foreign culture references Asia was uite in vogue in the 80s and one can’t help but cringe at how basic and shallow these references now seem Jay Mcinerney’s Ransom is guilty of a similar indulgence but his wit and genuine passion for the culture redeems when read in context Can’t say the same for Coe who drops way too kimono and netsuke references but also uses the unflattering terms ‘chink’ and Jap 6 and 4 times respectively on just one page not just by the vain annoying brother eitherWhere this book earns its two stars is in its reflections on the ueer lifestyle The side of Nicholas that I found interesting is how his life as a picture of beauty and constantly kept man gradually reversed with age until he finds himself paying for sex The casual nitrate references and playful ueer banter rang a lot truer than another Vintage Contemporary book I read Dancing in the Dark although I liked that one for its ambition and retro 80s feel Coe’s physical descriptions of Nicholas somewhat remind me of Orlando Bloom as Legolas which is another interesting point you might like to reflect on before picking this up It’s a shame he wasn’t able to make a potent literary statement before his passing from Aids a few years after writing this

Christopher Coe É 6 Free read

Y are helpless against the years At 30 Nicholas the odalisue begins to resemble a tart; at 37 he is dead His brother summoned by Nicholas's landlady to collect the lapsed body and now scarred valuables looks back fondly objectively and suggestively upon a life no longer valid once physical beauty is flawed Sensual mocking and deadly serious this first novel casts a long shado. It reminded me a little bit of RAVELSTEIN in that a straight man narrates the story of a larger than life gay man with whom he is fascinated Also like Bellow's novel this book is brief intense and beautifully written Ravelstein was Bellow's last novel I believe and I Look Divine was Coe's firsteven so the writing is breathtakingly confident I really enjoyed reading it

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I Look DivineLike Dorian Gray the exuisite Nicholas limned in this sleek and troubling novella may become a cult figure The self absorbed narcissistic young man feels he has been exceptional from the moment of his birth by Caesarian section; he was thus unmarked and perfect than other babies There is no such thing as perfect corrects his mother Of course there is says Nicholas To avoid un. Bitchy funny and coldly precise the narrator looks back over the life of his dead murdered younger brother who built his life around being feted for his beauty Call it a kind of Dorian Gray adjunct and a cautionary tale about the cruelty of beauty and entitlement And it does have deliciously wicked lines When the narrator berates his teenaged brother for accepting gifts from older menhis brother dismisses the criticism by saying My dear there is a difference between trade and tribute Perfect line elegant book