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If you could sum up Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf in three words, what would they be?
I really don't have three words: The author uses a light corny romantic story to convey a real issue within the gay community. So I surely laughed and I surely cried, and in some ways I got down right angry. I know as a gay man I am tired of this society that we live in and all its BS! It is a story worth listening to. But it is a sneaky one. I like this author a great deal just because he had the courage to deal with such pain and despair and do it in such a positive way. I wish all the stories of despair in this world turn out so positively.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Nick is my favorite character for everything actually revolves around him. In some way this is like a Twilight Zone story. I only say that because Twilight Zone stories always had the true story hidden from you. Generally you knew there was a monster in the story but you never really knew when it was going to jump out and scare the hell out of you. Now I hesitated in buying this story for a long time because if you look at the cover and read what it is about it really doesn't get you prepared for the serious subject that it is really dealing with. For like all Twilight Zone stories there is a monster lurking in the back ground. A hideous terrible monster.
What does Donald Tursman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He was a great reader, his reading didn't take away from the story line and then he was able to bring each character to the story as an individual. I am surely going to listen to this story again. It is truly a gem of writing and narration. "The Boy Who Came in from the Cold" is the other story I have listen to from this author and that also was a good one. Matter of fact this story reminded me of it and I believe I will listen to that again because that was also a good story.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, I purchased this book this morning at 4am, because I was up getting ready for work. I became engrossed into the characters right away, and continued listening to it in my car as I drove to work. Once I got to work every chance I had to listen to it I did. It is really a short only a little over 2 hrs. I surely felt it was too short, but again it was long enough to tell it story.
Any additional comments?
So again I liked this story for the gay issues that it dealt with. Internalized homophobia threatens all of us. This is truly something all gays are dealing with everyday, and surely being an older man, I'm in my sixties this was even a bigger issue for my generation. Things in some ways are getting better, and I am thankful for that, but we still have a long way to go and stories like this one help I feel bring up issues that truly harm us and need to have some light shined on them.
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