Lemon Gulch

Lemon Gulch Set in a small Southern Californian town in this story is told in the peculiarly haunting voice of a fat love starved white trash homosexual twelve year old who looks eighteen due to An acute

  • Title: Lemon Gulch
  • Author: Donovan O'Malley
  • ISBN: 9781902852065
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Paperback
  • Set in a small Southern Californian town in 1947, this story is told in the peculiarly haunting voice of a fat, love starved, white trash homosexual twelve year old, who looks eighteen due to An acute hormonal unbalance of the highest order which has ran in our family for eons Danny lives in an often uncaring world amidst the comic torment of his relentless pubescence.Set in a small Southern Californian town in 1947, this story is told in the peculiarly haunting voice of a fat, love starved, white trash homosexual twelve year old, who looks eighteen due to An acute hormonal unbalance of the highest order which has ran in our family for eons Danny lives in an often uncaring world amidst the comic torment of his relentless pubescence His motto is Persons should be kind, all of them, explicitly we sissies which ain t able to defend theirselves Danny s desperate search for love and acceptance leads him through a series of comically bizarre adventures Lemon Gulch is a darkly comic moral tale where kindness is rewarded and evil sternly punished.

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    1. 'Kindness is my motto.' LEMON GULCH grows on you, no, grows into you, in a way that few contemporary novels do. Donovan O'Malley originally wrote and published this novel in the year 2000 and at that time the novel was hailed as a 'comic cult novel', 'a kind of gay Huckleberry Finn' and 'a little masterpiece'. Now ten years later LEMON GULCH is republished in a 'revised form', though after reading the author’s very whimsical Introduction to the 2010 version, it would seem that even he is unabl [...]

    2. A little masterpiece - totally unexpected. Initially one must adjust to the strangeness of the narrative voice - a 12 year old, tall fat sissy in southern California in the late 1940s - but that is easily enough done and from then on the book is wholly compulsive. Bullied, ridiculed, Danny retains his humanity and faith in the necessity of being kind to everyone. It is both very funny and strangely moving.

    3. Literary; a classic waiting to be discovered. The protagonist is an unlikely hero -- a fat, pimply boy with no friends. This book will take you by surprise in the best of all possible ways. Its mandate: everyone should be kind. Everyone.

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