The main character in the book, Gabe, unintentionally comes across as a total and complete rube. Which is unfortunate because the character of Gabe is so clearly based on the life and experiences of Amistead Maupin himself. I can't even imagine how Amistead could read this book aloud and not wonder at his own idiocy acted out through this character.
The story itself is a good idea, and starts out with great promise before the main character's stupidity is injected. (Now what I'm about to write may sound juvenile, but it's an accurate summary of the story.) At this point there are four unneeded hours of the main character acting out embarassing stupidity. Then somebody else comes along and says "hey! wow! you're stupid!" or something along those lines and the main character spends two audio-book hour in denial that he is stupid. Then the main character decides to run out to prove to himself that he is indeed stupid. Mission accomplished.
I have to say I regret purchasing this as an audiobook. I'm sure as a standard text version it's far more bearable though. I would like to comment on some of the other reviewers who claimed this novel is full of graphic gay sex. It is not. There are some mentions of gay sex, but none of it drags on more than a few seconds and deals more with the main character's discomfort with growing old as a man involved in a gay culture which is heavily focused on sex. None of the sex is any more steamy then something you'd find in a standard heterosexual fiction.
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