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Immaculate Blue #2019

Immaculate Blue From the award winning author of The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov comes the brilliantly conceived and precisely rendered novel Immaculate Blue which explores the lives of four people Anatole Leigh

  • Title: Immaculate Blue
  • Author: Paul Russell
  • ISBN: 9781627780957
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Paperback
  • Immaculate Blue By Paul Russell, From the award winning author of The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov comes the brilliantly conceived and precisely rendered novel Immaculate Blue, which explores the lives of four people Anatole, Leigh, Chris, and Lydia and their intermingled and unwinding desires Set in upstate New York, the novel follows these characters as they achieve their aims in lives redolent wiFrom the award winning author of The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov comes the brilliantly conceived and precisely rendered novel Immaculate Blue, which explores the lives of four people Anatole, Leigh, Chris, and Lydia and their intermingled and unwinding desires Set in upstate New York, the novel follows these characters as they achieve their aims in lives redolent with loss and hope, humor and sadness, union and alienation Russell picks up the thread of his critically acclaimed novel The Salt Point 20 years later and tracks the lives of these friends, some of whom not only lost touch with each other but have also lost their way Moving, at times shocking, and always memorable, Immaculate Blue points to where the personal and the political come together and shape our lives in unexpected ways With this newest novel, Paul Russell reminds us of why he is one of the most important voices on the literary scene.

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    1. Some novels present a protagonist that the reader follows through a series of events or conflicts These types of narratives are pretty standard That s not what you re going to find here This book constantly shifts perspective and drifts from one person to another effortlessly Paul Russell is a master at this technique that allows the reader to become so immersed in the mind of the characters that their lives become as important as our own We live through them vicariously The real problem becomes [...]

    2. Immaculate Blue is about nothing and yet about everything, particularly if you are gay and your wonder years were in the late 80 s and early 90 s If you read Russell s The Salt Point from 1990, this book follows the same group of friends now twenty years later as their paths cross again in Poughkeepsie for a wedding No worries if you haven t read The Salt Point though you won t be lost.The story unfolds in three long chapters in which Russell weaves back and forth between the different character [...]

    3. It is fitting that Paul Russell bookends his first novel with a seamless sequel that is the best book this peerless author has written to date I loved the way Russell continues the story of Lydia, Anatole, Chris and Leigh in a way that comments on some of the most divisive socio political issues facing the gay community today.The biggest set piece is the marriage between Anatole and his long time lover Rafa, in the wake of New York State allowing gay marriage Russell s depiction of the married l [...]

    4. Twenty years on and Anatole, Lydia, Chris, and Leigh whom we first encountered in the earlier novel Salt Point are now in their forties or fifties, one married, one very much still single, one with a partner and one about to be married the last the event that brings them back together Flamboyant Anatole still runs his hair salon, Chris has moved on from his record store, but Leigh, the beautiful Our Boy of the Mall, is yet a mystery.Over the weekend of the wedding Anatole and Lydia catch with Ch [...]

    5. Any time I finish a book in two days it gets at least 4 stars I had just finished reading The Salt Point, and immediately started Immaculate Blue, which picks up the same characters from Salt Point 20 years later I recommend reading the two books that way The flaws I saw in Salt Point get resolved, to a great extent, in Immaculate Blue I raced through the book to see what was going to happen next.

    6. Uncomfortably adult The only reason you never mention a person s existence to your lover is because you don t want to diminish their secret power by putting it into words That was the fifth star for me

    7. Reread the Salt Point before this, this is sequel to Salt Point, also read again War Against the Animals

    8. Great ReadI literally could not put my Kindle down while reading this gem of a novel It contains complex, very real contemporary characters In this story, the past and the present are in conflict as two gay men and a straight women reunite after decades Their reunion is filled with regret, anger, passion, sexual tension, and confusion The main character is Chris, an existential, a self proclaimed hit man who protects Americans in Nigeria Chris returns to the US to attend the gay wedding of an ol [...]

    9. Slow at first, but the pace picked up and I enjoyed this one Hard to call something a sequel that is written and based 25 years later I read the predecesor The Salt Point but remembered very little.

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