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Not the best little book in the world...but, not too bad either
on March 1, 2009
Andrew Tobias writes a poignant and touching autobiography of his young life as a closeted boy coming of age in the Northeastern US in the 50's and 60's. He reflects deeply on the issues and feelings which keep him closeted. He also is very open in reflecting on the dark side of his nature fostered by his self-deprivation and years of denial. His strong intellect, sense of "duty" to his family, as well as other components of his life and personality help him succeed in stiffling his true nature for years. I found myself almost continuously relating to this journey into manhood, self-acknowledgement, and then finally, a degree of self-acceptance. At the book's closure he has gradually risen out of the closet although he is still a very young man working on the life issues that we gay men still work on today.
The book is quick reading and very reflective. It is filled with bits of wisdom, and humor. I would strongly recommend it as core reading material for all gay people in or out of the closet, as well as anyone who might be struggling with acceptance issues regarding gay loved ones.