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The Road to London Paperback – November 18, 2013
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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.
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....'
Yes, this is a story or a memoir, but also is the matrix on which Adriano builds some of the most exquisite writing of our time. His ability to cross time barriers, enter psyches, create people whom we know well by book's end and yet who still retain that magical sense of questioning identities is an achievement that will be difficult to emulate by others. His movement from Milan to London is not unlike that journey from prepubescent sexual identity through longing for definition to embracing lust and love that Adriano traces as sensual Italy to cerebral England. And while sharing this little miracle of a book he pauses with moments such as `A snow flake fell in front of me and fell to the ground, making no noise. I couldn't hear the music. I couldn't hear my heart. The fire had gone out; all that was left were ashes.' And he interweaves poetry into the discourse:
Few writers (except perhaps James Joyce, Italo Calvino, Jamie O'Neill) have been able to find that tenuous thread of re-creation of the coming of age sexually with the skill Adriano Bulla finds so easily. This unique work is at once fascinating in structure and profoundly moving in its afterburn. Adriano Bulla is light and air and talent. Grady Harp, April 15
The individual stories each relay moments that may seem trivial to some but represent significant instances that shaped the author. This book is a highly recommended read for anyone that has struggled with their sexuality or lived a lie so great they found it suffocating. Many will find this book relatable beyond their imagination and exceed all expectations if you desire a book that allows you to read its very soul.
The style in which the story is told is absolutely brilliant. The author uses poetry and music to convey the tone of events, shaping the author’s and reader’s consciousness in some subtle and some overt ways.
“The Road to London” is a bold and brave piece of writing worthy of significant recognition. I applaud the author for their courage in not only telling the story but also the higher level of understanding and thought that went into the creation of such work. Adriano Bulla reveals the struggles, confusion, duress and familial and societal stressors experienced as a youth as his sexual identity takes shape. I could not specify one particular genre to classify this book. Some may consider it an Erotic Romance. Yes, there is definitely Erotica and Romance on the pages but the overall takeaway from Bulla’s writing is so much more than what one would find in the usual Erotica/Romance story. Truly, it is so far outside the box that there is no singular category or classification. Bulla appears to naturally incorporate significant wit and humor into the writing that I suspect flows just as naturally from him in everyday communications and conversations. His personality shines through as the reader is given a first-hand account of his boyhood experiences. Again, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Superbly unique read.
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