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In his Eyes is the story of four young men who meet in college many years ago. I tried early to set the stage in terms of timing and I guess it begins in the seventies and ends in 2005. Four men who meet, form two couples, break up, meet others, yet through the years, their lives’ paths keep crossing, again and again. No spoilers. The way the novel is constructed is like a collage of little vignettes, small portraits, glimpses into the lives of the four protagonists and the people they meet. We have a narrator, but we also often get to see things from the individual points of view. In a way, the novel feels like a puzzle, where you as reader are challenged to add the various pieces to each other, to get to the final end result. What that result turns out as, I believe, is entirely up to each and everyone of us.
It’s taken me days to read this story. Larry’s writing is carefully crafted, and not as fluent as someone who writes more subconsciously. Which makes reading an effort, and in order to really enjoy and enjoy it, one needs to pace oneself. You need to take it slow, be shielded from outside interruptions or disruptions. I tried to read on my way to town or as my family was watching TV, but failed. Finally, last night, with my husband focused on his work, I was able to read in peace and quiet. It’s like listening to a piece of classical music. You have to focus, but you’ll be rewarded for your attention.
I can’t say I “liked” the plot of the story, because it is dark and belongs to a time I hope remains in the past, most certainly for us in the West. I know that for large parts of the world, this may still look like a bright future… It highlights not only the plight of black gay men in the United States, interracial relationships and their challenges, re “snow queen”, but also the darkness of our existence in a society from pre-AIDS where being gay was still largely frowned upon. Larry is the storyteller of that era, and he does it amazing justice. I usually try to avoid those times, because they are, by and large, quite depressing for our people, with so much misery and sadness. Larry showcases not only that misery, that loneliness, even when in company with others, society’s brutal judgement, but also the small progress, intimacy and how love can take so many different shapes. In Larry, that time is brought to light, and even though I hope we may never have to see such days again, it is still valuable to have that time period accurately reflected and brought to light, as undoubtedly many of our young who grow up under more hopeful circumstances may not even be aware of our recent history. For those of us who witnessed it, it’s slightly different, painful reminders of a recent past, of things we have lived through and endured ourselves.
In his Eyes is a beautiful story. Not an easy read, but a true work of art. If you like to read meticulously crafted books, and you have the time to really let go and focus on a slow read, I highly recommend you to take a journey into the past and re-live (or experience for the first time) what things were like for gay men in the past four or five decades. Well done, Larry, very well done.
Micah - Skye - Reid - Calvin. Four beautiful boys growing out to four even more beautiful men.
All the parts gave this whole book so much dynamic. Impressive !
Technically I don't know anything about book terms and certainly not in English, but from my lay perspective this in “vignettes" written story is absolutely stunning and I loved it!
So lividly! Alternately from many different points of view.
Every new headline made my wonder of the meaning and everyone did something to me....
I smiled, wondered, laugh and sometimes they choked me up and made me spontaneously cry.
"For love can be hidden, it can be pushed into the shadows, but it can never be denied"
An extraordinary read, one because of the structure and two the way it's written.
There are high sensitive parts which made me almost rise from my couch by reading them. They touched my core.
All the delicate details made my heart flutter.
It's just sometimes highly romantic, ohh my heart.... stop beating so hard...
So many things I want to highlight...but that would be to much....so many deeply moving sentences I want to spoil.....no I'm not going there....read it yourself....
But it wasn't all rosy. There were very emotional and heartbreaking parts I cried out loud and just had to stop reading, all those blurred lines.....
And there were parts I got whiplashed.
They all had their own explicit personality and sometimes I wanted give one of them a push in the back...please....go on...you can and even may do it....But no one can be forced....they have to find their path by themselves....Not that I didn't wanted to yell....! Again....my heart.....
“You believe in prayer?”
“Well, not religious prayer, but the sending of positive energy and thoughts into the world, and the ability to make things happen through collective will, yes.”
On the threshold of a big change I separated myself and screamed.....
“Have you ever noticed that often the distance between what we know and what we believe can be measured in miles?”
I had to shorten my review. I was halfway reading and already written a long one....but I wanted so much express how great this story is. How it moved me. How my heart was touched by this journey of four beautiful men who we can follow over more than two decades.
It's all about friendship and growing up, finding your way, in a world where a big part of the population is negative about being gay. Bless the ones who know that love is all what counts. It's about not able to define the color of.... to experience the smell of.... the taste of.....to listen to beautiful notes....all my senses were activated....about friendship, losing yourself, losing someone else, depression, desperation and deep-rooted love....as so all my emotions.
This all written in an amazing captivating way, melted in beautiful sentences like only a real smith can! It will bring you in a high state of awareness.
A journey I will never forget...
"Wildflowers and Rain" God I want to smell it!
~~ Elie <3 ~~
An absolute mustread.