Still Life With June (2020)

Still Life With June The people in gay bars on Christmas Day are so desperate for basic human contact that they d go home with a Doc Marten shoe if it made a move and maybe even if it didn t So begins the story of Camero
  • Title: Still Life With June
  • Author: Darren Greer
  • ISBN: 9780312335113
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Paperback
  • The people in gay bars on Christmas Day are so desperate for basic human contact that they d go home with a Doc Marten shoe if it made a move, and maybe even if it didn t.So begins the story of Cameron Dodds, a disenfranchised writer who visits gay bars on Christmas and works at a Salvation Army Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center in order to steal the stories of the peopleThe people in gay bars on Christmas Day are so desperate for basic human contact that they d go home with a Doc Marten shoe if it made a move, and maybe even if it didn t.So begins the story of Cameron Dodds, a disenfranchised writer who visits gay bars on Christmas and works at a Salvation Army Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center in order to steal the stories of the people he meets there But when Cameron finds a patient hanged in the utilities closet, his infatuation with other people s stories becomes an obsession Assuming the man s identity, Cameron seeks out and forges a relationship with the victim s mentally challenged sister, who lives in a home uptown As Cameron becomes involved in the woman s life, he begins to discover truths that will challenge him to the very core of his existence.
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    1. This is an engrossing read, revolving around themes of identity, sexuality, and betrayal The narrator, a short story writer who spends christmas eve in gay bars seeking maudlin stories, is a self identified loser His bitter tone creates the novel s charm While the shifts in character and identity might be likened to a shakespearean farce, this work is gritty and streetwise The sometimes caustic narrative tone hides a sweet candor and unlikely nostalgia.

    2. Overall, it s an enjoyable read The narrator s voice is modern, cynical, and full of unexpected opinions and observations Chapters come short, jagged, and often with sharp transitions It s a very strong style that you might either fully appreciate and devour, or view with utter disgust As narrators go, this is an odd one He insists that all writers are liars, and goes to lengths to explain why writers, himself included, are miserable and unadmirable creatures His choice of spare time activities [...]

    3. I love this book.I usually don t expect much out of Canadian fiction the novels I ve read have pretty much taken place in the same area, with the same kind of plot, yadda yadda so it was a pleasant surprise to read this gem The fact that I m taking the time to write this review is enough, I think.Cameron is a quirky, multi layered character, one that is rarely seen in books these days He s immoral, and yet he s caring He can be a jerk, but he can also be a sweetheart He s loyal, and yet he s sel [...]

    4. I think the general read of this book was okay Simply, okay It s one of those books that I probably could have gone without but since I read it, it s not a big deal in fact, its a bonus Since the beginning, before I cracked the spine I figured it to be a rather interesting idea I writer, named Cameron, loves writing so much he takes people s stories and makes them his own He gets so attached and addicted that he takes on the identity of a dead guy to get the story from his retarded sister.You d [...]

    5. Very pleased by how much I enjoyed this book I read it because an online friend posted it as an entry in her Canada Reads Indie yearly contest I wouldn t have picked it up otherwise and I m sad it didn t get press.This book is told in short entries, from an unreliable narrator who lies copiously As the book unfolds, he develops a strange friendship with a woman from his writing group, as well as a mentally challenged woman who lives in a centre This book is not PC, the word retarded is used thr [...]

    6. I had read Greer s first novel, Tyler s Cape, last month and enjoyed it I enjoyed this one too If I can use one word to describe it, it would be bizarre.It s funny, sad, sarcastic, ironic, sleazy, self indulgent and .There are other lies and deceptions in addition to the one with Cameron pretending to be Darrel in order to steal his life to have writing material BTW, how sleazy is that I didn t see the ending coming it was quite a surprise I can see why some reviewers have said they had to rerea [...]

    7. I read this book pretty much in one night I was staying at a the hotel, and I couldn t sleep, so I took this book to the lobby and read It was really easy to get caught up in, and I actually didn t expect the story to twist at all It would have been just as good of a read had it been a straight shooter, but it was really beautiful regardless It was human It was really screwed up and sweet and interesting.

    8. This review was deleted following s purchase of GoodReads The review can still be viewed via LibraryThing, where my profile can be found here.I m also in the process of building a database at Booklikes, where I can be found here.If you read liked clicked through to see this review here on GR, many thanks.

    9. I was flipping through this at the library and read the passage My cat, Juxtaposition, doesn t hate herself If you hate yourself, you don t spend two hours each day grooming with no chance of ever getting laid I laughed so hard that I just had to borrow it and read The rest of the novel did not disappoint I laughed some , I cried, I was horrified, and surprised A great read.

    10. I enjoyed this book it s different from what I usually read It was a glimpse into a life that is foreign to me drug rehab, writers, city, and gay life However, it s also a novel of self discovery and what makes the book worthwhile is the ending The ending is so good that as soon as I finished it, I wanted to reread it.

    11. There was a good dose of risk taking and edginess but I m not entirely sure the author resolved things enough, delved deep enough, found enough honesty there, to counteract all the ways that the treatment of the characters particularly the one with Downs Syndrome didn t always ring true.

    12. Some writers are great storytellers but mediocre writers, and others develop masterful characters who flounder through plotless stories It s unusual to find a writer who gets all of these things character, plot and writing right This book was an absolute pleasure to read.

    13. Here was a great surprise great writing, tricky plot line, and lots of irony I will use this book for my lesbian gay literature class, especially since First Person Plural is out of print.

    14. Diary styled writing that does not suit the theme egocentric central character meets ill bred ideals producing the uninteresting ramblings of a banal protagonist.

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