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Product Details

  • Series: Gay Classics
  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Mondial (October 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595691030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595691033
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,231,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By H. F. Corbin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 8, 2010
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Published in 1965, Donald Windham's TWO PEOPLE is a fine, unassuming novel that slips up on you, quietly making a statement on a controversial topic then and now, the love between a man and a boy. Forrest is a young American businessman alone in Rome when the novel opens. His wife has just returned to the states after the two of them had a disagreement, and Forrest is not exactly sure why it happened. He keeps seeing a beautiful young Italian youth wearing a white raincoat around the Spanish Steps. Eventually the "two people"--such a simple though enigmatic title-- go to Forrest's rented apartment where they begin a physical relationship that would pass the censorship of all but the most puritanical of maiden aunts-- the language is as tame as "when they had made love"-- except for one small detail: Forrest is 34, twice as old as Marcello who is only 17.

Over a span of a few weeks the relationship between Forrest and Marcello goes from being just physical to one of love, and both characters are forever changed. Marcello on their affair: "He wished tht he dared to turn around and go to Forrest's apartment. He wanted to be near someone who cared for him, to be made love to, and to drive away the premonition that the more things he learned and the more people he encountered the less significance everything would have." In Forrest's words: "As soon as Marcello was gone, Forrest felt a panic-stricken desire to run after him."

Windham writes concise, seamless prose, but his few metaphors work beautifully. "Forrest reached out his hand and laid it on the nape of Marcello's neck. . . His hand remained on Marcello's neck all the time he was listening, as though neck and hand were part of a statue, both carved from the same piece of marble, resting there lightly and forever.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By canoeguy on July 3, 2011
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It is a period piece about an affair between an American in Rome and an eighteen year old youth. The American is married. His wife has returned to the US due to tensions in the relationship. The youth is having issues of his own with his father. It is the story of their affair and written in the style of the late 50's early 60's when such a relationship was talked of only in hushed whispers let alone to be "shared" in print. Well worth the read for an example of early gay literature.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. de Aquino on August 8, 2013
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I first read TWO PEOPLE twenty years ago and it has never left my mind. This engrossing, delicate, superbly written gay love story between an older American man and a teenager in early 1960's Rome is bound to move you deeply, I assure you. This is not porn, it is literature of the best kind, and captures not only a very real human drama but also that particular moment in history, the changing geography of the city as it experiences the economic "boom" that followed the difficult 1950's. I highly recommend it to all those interested in good fiction, be it gay or not.
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