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The Road to London Paperback – November 18, 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
The stepping-stone motif of the ocean is used movingly and with great effect. I have never read better writing about sex which, when dealing with romance and love, is touching and heart-felt without the need to be prurient or explicit; when dealing with casual sex, the writing is direct, soulless and to the point. Very effective.
His own ending (you are invited to consider your own) is truly poignant and beautiful. Ade Bulla is a poet.
Ode? Aria. It’s the self-filleting (as opposed to self-fellating) agony of a romantic (in the best sense), poignant and delirious, elegiac and priapic in about equal measure, one moment a love letter, the next a suicide note.
Devastating. Lightning strikes can be so illuminating. The boy’s life flashes with hallucinogenic intensity, and the journey becomes about the (slightly) mad and intoxicated/intoxicating gush of language. This is a profoundly original work, though of course other voices echo, notably Genet and Miller (Henry, not Arthur) and Salinger, improbably harmonized, lightly flowing one moment, dark and sad the next. Quite an experience.
For the purpose of introduction the author offers the synopsis/concept: ` When time and place play tricks with your birth, what can you do apart from creating your own imaginary world, then run away from your own creation, to a new life? A boy is born, some time in the recent past, in Milan, Italy, yet backwards when concerned with 'different' sexualities, and Fate wants this boy not only to be of an intellectually and socially dominant nature, but of a sexually and emotionally gay and submissive disposition. Unable to explain himself to himself, unable to relate to the world, this soul creates his own world, through dreams, drugs, alcohol and lies, while from a distant place, a club in London, and maybe from his future, if he ever learns to fly, letters to his beloved My Dear look back at his life in Italy with parallels in a romance yet to be. He tries to be 'normal' and have relationships with girls, he tries to be honest, and open himself up to his love and friend, but life has decided only pain, rejection and suffering should come of it, for the time being at least. But little glimpses into another, maybe possible life, sparkle here and there through his life, his dreams and into his heart....Read more ›
From early on Bulla's entire existence is built on lies, one after the next, as he struggles to fit into a world that has no place for boys like him. From his early days of school yard gangs with only imaginary enemies, to high school where his sexuality first becomes fodder for crueler classmate's ridicule and slurs, he tries his best to play it straight, glomming onto the slutty girls in hopes of preserving his carefully erected reputation as a playa. Along the way he immerses himself in drugs, first pot, then whiskey, LSD, even hairspray in a pinch. The road to acceptance takes him many places along the way, more than a few I suspect we've all visited at some point regardless of our sexual orientation. When at long last he comes to realize that the disease he has suffered from for so long isn't being gay but being in denial, I couldn't help but breathe a sigh of relief. Finally realizing there's no place for him in the grey city of Milan, he sets out on the road to London.
If you've forgotten the blinding intensity of adolescence, this story will bring it screaming back to the forefront of your memory. Learning to accept yourself as you are is tough enough without the added complications of having your sexual preferences make you a social pariah. Bulla's writing is every bit as raw as it is poetic and I found myself alternately laughing and wincing as I read. It's a fantastic read by an exceptionally talented writer that should appeal to any reader, regardless of your orientation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author has the courage to expose himself, his inner workings, outer maneuverings, pain and pleasure, growth and discovery to share with the readers. Read morePublished 16 months ago by nicestman
This is a beautiful coming-of-age novel that is unlike anything I have read in a great while. I’m so happy I was able to experience the brilliance depicted in this book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Alex
"Proud to be different."
This seemingly simple quote is a very significant message in this uniquely raw coming-of-age novel. Read more
Which is better-a world of dreams or reality? What happens when those lines become dangerously blurred?
Alex has lived his life as a lie; one after the next. Read more
This coming of age novel gives the reader inspiration and self-realization of one’s own journey. The book was written with a very descriptive and poetic manner as the narrator... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Carmen Knight
The Road to London is quite a unique tale. Told from the perspective of an eccentric and unabashedly open writer in the first person, we follow the life of a young man into... Read morePublished 17 months ago by E.A. Gray
The Road To London is one of the most honest looks at adolescents, at finding one’s way in the world, and well, lies. Read morePublished 18 months ago by D Roberts
As a gay woman, I know what it means to either not know who you are or to know and feel as if you are unable to express yourself. Read morePublished 18 months ago by TFLReader
I guarantee you have never experienced a book like “The Road to London”. She is truly brilliant and in a class of her own. Read morePublished 20 months ago by G Jackson