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4.0 out of 5 starsShort and to the point
Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2018
I think this bookmarks it very well. I have loved men who think they are macho and "real" men, they werent. The best men are those who understand me as the author found out. My gay grandson should read this.
As one who grew up un a similarly religiously affected area, although different religion, and only a Great Lake shore away, I totally get where she is coming from. Although my experience with gay boyfriends started later in life, I love them all the same. Even though I found much of my different from the norm, while still being straight, self prior to the true gay boyfriend beginnings I have had a much greater appreciation for all things since their inception in my world.
This wonderfully written, quick read puts things into words that I hadn't realized needed specific definitions/categories/examples in written form until now. It also makes me terribly miss some of my dear dear friends who have faded from my life due to a multitude of reasons
Please take the time to read this heartfelt work. It is well worth your time & will hopefully enrich your life. Either by reconnecting you with things and people missing from your day today or allowing you to see inside another world apart from your norm.
Thank You Ever So Much Wednesday Martin! I look forward to reading your other writings. You reminded me of friends who altered my life in profound ways. For that I will be forever grateful.
(FYI - this was read on an older Kindle, so I was unable to see the illustrations. That will be remedied later today. I doubt my opinion will change for the worse when I see them. Regardless, I intend to post an update in relation to what they bring to the book. I can only expect them to beautifully enhance this work...Oh and I seldom dole out five star reviews. In general, most writings are lacking these days and even the creme of the crop tend to be worthy of four stars. So take that as you may)
I found this book fascinating in the fact it reminds me of things I thought and felt over the years! First and foremost gay men are awesome. Of course you cannot rate each person the same. There is something about gay men that is comforting. I’ve had the pleasure of befriending several over the past 20 something years. In each of them I have found traits I wish more heterosexual males had. Our culture tried to name it: metrosexuals but even that isn’t great enough. I love the rugged man who also has a feminine side that likes to get cleaned up, wear nicer clothes than just jeans and T-shirts. (But some men can wear those jeans and T-shirts well!) Someone who likes to go to a chick flick and cry in public. I’ve never fallen in love with a man that is gay but have fallen in deep like! I wish our culture was more accepting and not so phobic.
Boyfriends of Dorothy, written and narrated by Wednesday Martin is Book 2 in The Real Thing collection. I wanted to love it. I just didn't, unfortunately. Like the first book in this series, I found it to be a bit boring and pointless, though the author does a good job as narrator. The ending was good and made me smile, but I found the rest of the book to be negative, which makes for a difficult listen. Perhaps her pessimism was meant to be humorous, but for me, it was a bit of a turn-off. I feel bad because those who read the book found it to be very well-written and gave it a high rating (based on the reviews from Amazon). Only one person who posted a review, besides myself, listened to it, and we both gave it the same rating. I like the length and the theme of the collection as a whole, but this one just didn't do it for me. I still plan to move on to Book 3 because I'm curious in hearing what the next author adds to this collection. Thank you for reading my review.
Oh boy, did I identify with this story. I was the girl with the gay boyfriends, I made all the same mistakes, and I came out of the experience with a much better sense of self than many of my friends who never hung out with gay men. Why? Because I felt seen. I felt listened to. Straight boys never ever made me feel that way. With them I was supposed to not be the smart one, not be the one who had something to say. The experience taught me which men were worth cultivating and which weren't, and as a result I have come to know a lot of great straight men.
So as I listened to Martin read her short story I found myself nodding and smiling. Oh yeah, I would think, I so get that. If you were the girl with the gay boyfriends, you'll probably love this story too. And if you weren't... I don't know how you'll feel about it. Maybe you'll feel as if you missed something (IMO, you did, but that's just me.) Or maybe you'll feel uneasy, as if that's not the way things ought to be. (If so, that's kind of sad. Again, just in my opinion.)
Either way, the story is short and charming, and I think it's well worth your time and consideration.
4.0 out of 5 starsCompelling Social-Criticism Has a Less-Than-Stellar Conclusion
Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2018
The narrative begins as a compelling exposé on the insidious effect puritanical religion has on the psyche but, disappointingly, succumbs to a repetitive drove on why homosexual men are superior to to their heterosexual counterparts. Ignoring its lackluster and unfulfilling conclusion, this short-story beautifully reduces high-minded social criticism to palatable bites without loosing nuance. As much as I admire the author's talent, which is clearly evident in this work, I feel as though we would come to a point of contention on a cornerstone of my personal moral philosophy. That is that I believe it is the impetus of the individual to make peace with their identity rather than to demand that society accept them. But, what more should I expect from someone whose formative years were oft-tainted by the groupthink-morality of rigid conservatism?