Ann Bannon was designated the “Queen of Lesbian Pulp” for authoring several landmark novels in the ’50s. Unlike many writers of the period, however, Bannon broke through the shame and isolation typically portrayed in lesbian pulps, offering instead characters who embraced their sexuality. With Beebo Brinker, Bannon introduces a butch 17-year-old farm girl newly arrived in Beat-era Greenwich Village.
This is a prequel and I stupidly read it first not knowing but what can you do ,if you read the other books first you would all ready be introduced to Miss Brinker but if like me you go here first this introduces you to a young lesbian running away from her past and into the Village a Lesbo Mecca there she meet's the great Jack Mann a Homosexual who take's her in and teaches her about her new world .
This was written in the fifty's it's not just set there, the language and the opinions reflect that fact something of which I found quite fascinating ,Ann Bannon the writer give's an intro and I enjoyed that as much as the book it's self ,also I would like to give a nod to the narrator outstanding.
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This, the last book of the Beebo Brinker chronicles is really a prequel showing us the influences that shaped Beebo Brinker before the events of the first four novels. Here we see the life of a butch, a woman with boyish features who wants to dress like a boy. In later years she might have considered herself a transgender person. In the 1950’s such a boyish looking woman would have been considered a freak. She came to New York City at age 18 having run away from a Wisconsin small town. She meets Jack, who is introduced in this book as well as being around age 33, having served as a paramedic in the military during WWII. Beebo comes under Jack’s protection as she gets her first lessons in relationships with a woman. It’s also very compelling.
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Not a book I would normally go for, but a very enjoyable read. Believable characters and a good narrative. At times it felt like the dialogue didn't flow with too many "she said, he said", but this may have seemed to be just how the narrator said it.
Would you consider the audio edition of Beebo Brinker to be better than the print version?
I haven't had the pleasure of reading this .
Who was your favorite character and why?
Jack Mann ,a sarcastic wonderfully warm and funny homosexual who takes Beebo under his wing teaching the young runaway about her new world.
What does Kate Rudd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
not only dose Kate Rudd give each and every person a personality but it also fells as if your in the fifties when the book was written ,it has an old sound some how.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes almost did ,I had to physically stop myself from going back and reading more.
Any additional comments?
Ann Bannon was a pioneer and considered the queen of Lesbian pulp novels.
These where written in the fifties not just set there and the language and the views of the time is often quite confronting ,but this gem that was sold in a brown paper bag to the brave few who dared to buy it from their local drug store made Ann a legend and a unsung best seller.