A trilogy telling a story of love and loyalty, betrothal and betrayal, triumph and tragedy; novels that chart one man's attempts to rise above the legacy of a traumatic childhood. The first book deals with Simon's childhood friendship and eventual love affair with an older boy, the second the trauma of his teenage years and early adulthood, the third his struggle to maintain equilibrium and the consequences of his failure at one point to achieve that. It is a fictionalized biography because names and places have been changed, written because it tells a strong story which raises many issues over six decades, the post war baby boomer generation who in many ways never had it so good. His own experience is probably unique, yet will strike a chord with many others who have been through similar things, as well as those with an interest in such matters, either personal or professional, such as police and probation officers, criminologists with an interest in this field or those investigating the developing 'queer theory'. It's a varied, exciting, demanding, sometimes terrifying life story. It is not suitable for those under 18 years or who find explicit sexual narrative, including an episode of sexual violence, offensive.
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Title From Shakespeare and is so true.
Spoiler Alert - I want to say kudos to the author / narrator it must of been very therapeutic to get everything out. You left me hanging on what happened to your attackers and i don't forgive you for that. I kind of hope for a follow up book to see what happened to James and why did the official hate him so. I felt so much missery and pain for the child you were and adult the adult you became. I understand trying to reason why you think it's okay to do the things you did but I am saddened that the story focused on what happened after the fact then on what you where thinking at the time. The incident with the boys in a prior book were like dream sequence I couldn't tell if it was real or a figment of your imagination since your weren't sleeping and under work and family stress and the audio was not very clear in a hat part. To come to find out in the later books that you were guilty of the incidents was so shocking and to see how it effected you was astonishing. I like everyone else has no right to judge you, I'm glad that you shared and I feel like i was in group listening to your story. The only downside is did you really tell everything such as did you see Daniel later in life? Or did you not disclose that because you are still married? You grew up with him you knew his family where his dad worked etc. it is weird how it ended and you all never spoke. I feel like this book ended with several cliff hangers or things you touched on but didn't pick back up like your first girlfriend pregnancy, and after 25 hours I thought it would be wrapped up. Thanks for sharing your life with us and I hope that you have forgiven yourself and live the life that makes you happy. Worth the credit.
- Kandi Windham