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Brumby - An Amazing Work,
This review is from: Outback Brumby (Hardcover)
`Brumby' is the third book in Paul Freeman's Outback series, and it is arguably the best. The stunning cover model, (perhaps the hottest in any Freeman book) establishes the book's dominant theme - devastatingly handsome, naked men at one with nature. The breed of wild horse which provides the book's title may be taken as a metaphor for the subjects Paul portrays: raw, sweat drenched, powerful males captured in their uninhibited glory. The models are undoubtedly the most masculine yet contained in a Freeman work, hirsute, rugged and dynamic. Yet for all their machismo, there is a taste and intelligence which pervades `Brumby', so that while the photographs are intensely homoerotic, they never degenerate into the crude or sleazy, affects that can sometimes undermine other photographers' work when capturing the male nude. The models are also possibly the most diverse within any of the `Outback' books, and I found the models' personalities more clearly delineated than before. Certainly, the larrikinism characteristic of the traditional Aussie male is apparent throughout. It could be said that the intersection of masculinity, sexuality and horses so fascinatingly explored in Peter Shaffer's play Equus is revisited in `Brumby', transformed into the form of a photographic journey. Really, the work is one which can be enjoyed and examined on many different levels, though anyone who appreciates beautiful photography generally, or the male nude specifically, is strongly advised to obtain a copy. As someone who has been a massive fan of Paul Freeman's work for years, can I add that his books make absolutely THE best present for anyone outside of Australia interested in exploring the Australian male, and are guaranteed to make the sender extremely popular on birthdays and at Christmas! Totally recommended!!
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Initial post: Oct 26, 2010 11:19:22 AM PDT
I know that reviewers are free to write anything (let the buyer beware!) and yet I am struck by the fact that the opening sentences in this review are word-for-word identical with an overview of the book in a weekly e-mail sent to subscribers by the bookstore Outwrite in Atlanta. To wit: "`Brumby' is the third book in Paul Freeman's Outback series, and it is arguably the best. The stunning cover model, Nathan Kelly (perhaps the hottest in any Freeman book) establishes the book's dominant theme - devastatingly handsome, naked men at one with nature." I have no idea who Andrew Nelson is nor do I know the source for Outwrite's reviews. However, it does appear that there is more to this review than readers are being told. In the interest of my own full disclosure, I know nothing about this book and looked it up on Amazon only after receiving Outwrite's e-mail. I was then struck by the identical sentences in the two sources.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2010 10:27:02 PM PDT
Andrew Nelson says:
I am a private citizen living in Australia who really enjoys Paul's works. I honestly believe he is the best photographer of male nudes I have ever seen. I do not know Paul personally and have never heard of Outwrite so am not sure what is happening there...I just really love Paul's work and wanted to be an advocate for it. People are free to disregard or disagree with anything I write, that's up to each individual to decide. I know though that when I purchase books on Amazon I really enjoy reading what other customers say to inform my purchase.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2010 5:35:28 AM PDT
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My assumption is that the sentences in question are a quote copied from the book jacket but, if so, they should have been attributed as such. This link will take you to a web-based version of Outwrite's e-mail in which you will find the quote under discussion: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/r
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2010 9:38:13 PM PDT
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Michael James-Ellis says:
Roger. I'm afraid your assumptions are incorrect. As an employee of Paul Freeman , I can assure you the reviewer Andrew Nelson has written an original review, which was posted on Amazon on September 2. I'm afraid the book wasn't released in the US until a week after that date and any copy would not have reached Outwrite's reviewer until around mid September at the earliest! So both your assumption that it was Andrew that copied Outwrite, or that Andrew copied any promotional literature from Paul Freeman, are incorrect and unfair given Andrew's record of reviews and genuine support and appreciation of a photographer self-publisher. On the other hand I understand why it would be that the busy blogger at Outwrite would find it necessary, in writing hundreds of reviews of books, to perhaps visit reviews at Amazon for inspiration and assistance.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2010 4:55:45 AM PDT
If Andrew Nelson is the original source of the quote, I apologize that my comment implied he was not. The offending sentence in my original post was "However, it does appear that there is more to this review than readers are being told." If the review is original to Andrew, then of course it stands alone as is. I should have chosen my words more carefully. I also did assume (incorectly, apparently) that the words came from the book jacket. My main point was that two different reviewers used identical wording that is too complex to be chance. Whoever used the words second should have attributed the original source. Based upon your comment, I will share my concern with Outwrite. I appreciate your correction.
Posted on Feb 14, 2011 5:12:58 PM PST
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