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Peculiar Chris Paperback – 1992
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Main character falls for his schoolmate. Schoolmate is unable to accept sexuality, returns home for an arranged marriage~
Main character's best friend, also gay, reveals rape by neighbour as a child.
Main character flashes back to mother leaving father for being alcoholic. Then father dies of leukemia. Main character is paralysed outside hospital room as this happens, and only gets to touch his COLD DED HAND~
Then main character enlists in the Army, is discriminated against! For his sexuality! Oh no! Then main character is almost "sexually assaulted" after he changes his mind halfway into a makeout session with a superior officer, is narrowly saved by boss.
Main character is overcome, goes to Australia for a break. Has a one-night-stand, and even this, the author cannot resist complicating - the guy he has a one night stand with? Yep. LOST A LOVER. TO LEUKEMIA. What are the odds.
Main character returns. Starts dating his boss, but relationship turbulent.
Main character finds out the reason for this: SEXUAL ABUSE!
Main character discovers that his mother has died.
At this point, I skip ahead and find:
Main character's boss gets into some kind of accident and needs blood. Hospital performs blood transfusion, and this may come as a shock to you after all the smooth sailing - ACCIDENTALLY TRANSFUSES HIV POSITIVE BLOOD.
After ALL this bloody histrionic soap operatic melodrama, the author has the nerve to state "sadness is not inherent to (this) lifestyle". Oh, no. Gay people are totally not doomed to horrible, miserable fates at all. What the hell.
The coming-of-age novel is an exercise of his vindication of what he has done and not done: it plays on sexual stereotypes and yet at the same time, it tries to exult the author's status to the pedestal.
However, this is slightly better than Edmund Wee's The Narcissist, another Singaporean account of his gay life.