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A Much Younger Man Paperback – July 1, 2003
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This book is written in a very unique style, jumping from first to third person with nary a breath. However, it works. Nearly everything about this book works, and I have re-read it several times. You can feel the emotions as you read about them. Fine story-writing like this is rare, and I highly recommend this book.
Some people said that the charachter of the young man seems unrealistic and too mature for his age but I disagree. Sometimes adults underestimate young people and some teens can be very mature by the time they reach their twenties. Something in the same genra as "How Stella Got Her Groove Back".
i wasn't sure what to expect when i began reading this novel. sitting out on the porch, i had intended to read about a chapter at most but in the end i was turning page after page for almost one and a half hours!
ms. highbridge's prose is pithy, yet haunting, ethereal. slowly and deliberately, the novel explores the complex layers of Aly and Tom's relationship - and slowly and deliberately, the reader falls in love with them and empathises with the difficulty of their predicament. Without resorting to sentimentality, Highbridge juxtaposes the simple beauty of Aly and Tom's feelings for each other against the anger and the censure of others. Highbridge doesn't try to romanticise the situation, and deals with a lot of the real problems they face in a stark and succint way. this book has some dark and sad moments, but the prose is never less than breathtaking and lyrical in its simplicity.
tom is indeed, as aly describes him, 'beautiful'. perhaps he is more mature than any teenager that ever lived, but you can forgive the author this indiscretion, because Tom is so endearing, so constant in his love for aly that you just can't help loving him too, and fully understanding why aly goes through all that mess to be with him.
i could not put this book down the first time i read it and have to confess that i reread it only days after finishing it the first time - it had that much of an impact on me! i have no doubt in my mind that i will read it many more times, and highly recommend it to any reader who is looking for a love story with an unconventional setting. a truly beautiful book!
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I didn't buy this through Amazon, however. I always wanted to read it and so I did.
It's hard for me not to give a prejudiced opinion but geesh. Read more
Beautifully written - erotic without the "heavy breathing". A high caliber love story. The reader will discover a new way to look at a daunting subject.Published on February 23, 2014 by Joan Gullusci
Beautiful, romantic -- I loved. A fast easy read. As soon as I finished it, I began reading it for a second time. Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by Hashi Hanta
when i read in REAL SIMPLE that this was on the list of "50 BOOKS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE" i was curious. Read morePublished on August 8, 2013 by caradee
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The story if a repeatitive of other stories or movies or part of them, nothing new in it and the romance isnt hot and... Read more
The writing style is different and not what I usually prefer, but I can do with it. It worked. This story was well written and truly a wonderful read. Read morePublished on May 10, 2012 by I. Wright
I bought this book when it was first published many years ago. I bought it on a whim. Maybe the embrace on the cover attracted me; I don't know. Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by Avid reader
I thoroughly enjoyed this short novel. It is juicy, thought provoking and written with a great economy of language.Published on September 11, 2010 by Margaret
Dianne Highbridge's A Much Younger Man unfolds with pressure-cooker intensity. The suspense doesn't let up, even though the title and the meeting in the first chapter basically... Read morePublished on May 28, 2010 by LH