Quatrefoil

Quatrefoil From the first edition dustjacket of this important novel in the history of gay literature This is primarily the story of two young men Philip Froelich and Tim Danelaw who are irresistibly draw

  • Title: Quatrefoil
  • Author: JamesBarr Samuel M. Stewart James W. Fugaté
  • ISBN: 9780932870162
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the 1950 first edition dustjacket of this important novel in the history of gay literature This is primarily the story of two young men, Philip Froelich and Tim Danelaw, who are irresistibly drawn to each other Both are in every obvious respect what is generally termed masculine There is no suggestion of the effeminate nothing that could evoke the characterizationFrom the 1950 first edition dustjacket of this important novel in the history of gay literature This is primarily the story of two young men, Philip Froelich and Tim Danelaw, who are irresistibly drawn to each other Both are in every obvious respect what is generally termed masculine There is no suggestion of the effeminate nothing that could evoke the characterization of gay Their backgrounds and personalities are thoroughly American, and they live and work in a completely normal man s social and professional world Other men respect and admire their courage and ability and even their physical prowess Women are very much attracted to both of them.Tim, the older the two, has already recognized and resolved the problem of his sexual deviation Phillip has not A product of rural American s and attitudes, he has a fierce contempt for queers and at the same time a deep and secret dread that the germ of homosexuality maybe buried somewhere within himself One or two incidences in his life have shaken him profoundly and have made him determined ruthlessly to crush any tendencies in himself as well as to avoid any close relations with other men He is engaged to be married as soon as he is discharged from the Navy, and he intends to rear a big family, to take over the operations of his family s bank and other interests, and to become a responsible and civic minded leader in his community.As the story opens, he has almost reached the refuge and security he has carefully planned But then he meets Danelaw From that moment the struggle begins a tense and shattering emotional upheaval composed of aversion, self contempt, admiration and finally love There are other well drawn characters in this drama Phillip s exceptional family his fianc e and her mother Tim s fascinating wife Lt Bruner, the blackmailer Stuff, the hard boiled sailor who worshipped Philip QUATREFOIL is a deeply moral novel Two men of integrity and intellect are confronted with the knowledge that they are deviants from the normal pattern of our society that most people in that society would abhor and persecute them if they openly avowed their difference Both men avidly desire to live within the social conventions and to attain the ends that motivate all men a home, a family, respecting in their community, an opportunity to do honest and satisfying work, to realize their ambitions.This is their problem and QUATREFOIL is their story It will evoke some disturbing thoughts.

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    1. Written in 1950, and set in 1946, I didn’t really have any doubt as to how the story would end. It was rare to find a book written in this time which had a happy ending, so if that’s all you want from a book, this isn’t for you.It’s one of those books that you really should be reading if you want to write in this genre, not because it’s a work of genius but because it shines a light on times and a mind set that no longer exists in our Western world.It’s very much a coming-of-age stor [...]

    2. This book is AMAZING! There really isn't too much else to say except that if you haven't read this book - you should!!! The love story is crafted perfectly and the main character, Phillip Froelich, is the perfect anti-hero. He has so many qualities of the young guy struggling with who he is and the eventual discovery of that truth only to be thrust again into acceptance without the catalyst.This book is in my top five books of all time. It takes place at the close of WWII, in Seattle and San Fra [...]

    3. The good: suspenseful, plotty, an interesting historical note to a time when people could live like lords in towns of 50,000 people in dry-state Oklahoma. A madly competent erastes-type mentor is pretty much a hero-out-of-thin-air but also a little Heathcliff-like. There is a hilarious fiancee in here.The less good: a bit didactic. some breathy descriptions of people, esp. the protagonist, who is portrayed as some sort of savage cat-god. I feel like 90% of the novel except for at the very end fo [...]

    4. One of the best books I have ever read and one of the best books in gay literature that I have read.This book needs to be better known, because it is truly a work of art. It is well ahead of its time and just shocking to know this was written in the 50's, when it would have been a tremendously controversial book. Today, it is no more than a love story, and a wonderful one that hits you in the heart. It is a very accessible book, while being written in beautiful prose, akin to the time. Read it a [...]

    5. The Quatrefoil Library in Minneapolis, a GLBT lending library, is named for this book. The founders believed it to be the first novel to depict gay men in a positive light. I volunteer at the library, so I figured I had to read it. Highly worth my time.It's lively, thought-provoking, and an interesting look to what it was like to be a closeted gay man in the 1950s.Would recommend.

    6. Wonderfully told tale.I was surprised at how Turkey "modern" a novel it is. A finely rendered story of a young Naval officer coming to an understanding acceptance of his homosexuality. The first novel to portray gay men in such a positive light. A must read on so many levels.

    7. Navy LifeA classic coming out story. It is amazing that seaweed can assume so many interesting forms. Sexuality is not defined by sex.

    8. A classic groundbreaking gay novel telling the story of a love in a place and time. It also includes the mandatory tragic ending slapped on without which it wouldn't have been published, making it also the telling of gay fiction in a place and a time.

    9. Set in 1946 after the Second World War mainly in Seattle, Phillip Froelich is facing Court Marshall following insubordination to his captain during an incident towards the end of the war. On his journey to Seattle Phillip encounters Tim Danelaw from whom he accepts a lift, not knowing then who Tim is or how much he will subsequently figure in his life. The Court Marshall turns out to be the least of Phillips troubles as he battles with among others his family, his fiancée and her mother, and hi [...]

    10. One of the first books I read, Quatrefoil is a classic and stereotypical of gay novels at the time it was written. If one was to design a list of novels to illustrate the evolution of the gay genred of the gay man, this is surely 1 of the novels which would be included.Well written with a most likable MC, Quatrefoil relates the story of a man, who, as in the 100s of novels to follow in the ensuing decades, was searching for love. Quatrefoil is about love, that human emotion which is the common t [...]

    11. This elegant book was written at the end of WWII about two Naval Officers. One who knows the world and has experienced most of it, the other newly out of a restrictive home with expectations of himself imposed by a mediocre father. I will never not have this book on my bookshelf.

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