- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Northwest Press (2010)
- ISBN-10: 0984594000
- ISBN-13: 978-0984594009
- Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,981,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Teleny and Camille Paperback – 2010
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Macy, whose work helped define the underground comics of 1990s San Francisco, is a fitting illustrator for this work of underground erotica. Macy brought the world Nefarismo in all of its perverse grandeur. Whereas his earlier work reveled in horror, Teleny and Camille confronts sexuality with innocence: All things are gilded and voluptuous--the male and the female, the natural and the artificial, the intimidating and the alluring.
Like much of the artist's previous work, everything between the covers is black and white. This is exceptionally effective for a story that drips with embellishment, artifice, and spectacle--color might push it over the edge from sumptuous to gaudy. The artwork is dynamic in its balance between simple silhouettes and textured details. Macy eliminates the original, redundant introduction in favor of illustrating bookseller Charles Hirsch's historical account of Teleny`s beginnings. Instead of an artist's preface, Macy draws himself in as a frustrated man figuring out how to adapt such an idiosyncratic novel. The writing here is a bit clumsy, but he quickly makes up for it in his discerning selection of passages from the original text.Read more ›
Praise must also be raised for the publisher, Northwest Press, not only taking on a controversial work, but placing it in such a handsome package. The design is understated and enhances what is inside. Everyone will be proud to display this modern novel of gay romance on their bookshelves. The interiors may shock and reveal the lurid nature of repression, but this is with good cause. Without questioning the social structures that allow prejudice to persist, how can we create a more peaceful world for all humanity? I think this is the purpose of retelling our personal stories, no matter how horrific.
This publication sets the standard for erotic storytelling very high. I want to see more stories like this in the future, be they from the pen of Mr. Macy himself (he is publishing a new fantasy series!) or others working in the same market. Northwest Press already handles several quality titles and is set to become a leader in presenting new works of gay literature today. I am looking forward to more excellent work from Northwest Press.
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I was very much offended by this book's depiction of women. The art and use of symbols was very aesthetic yet it did not take away from the shallow, overly-used "Romeo and... Read morePublished on February 17, 2013 by Melyssa Martinez