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The Blue Mask By Joel Lane,

  • Title: The Blue Mask
  • Author: Joel Lane
  • ISBN: 9781852426880
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Paperback
  • One night, after a row with his lover, Neil follows a stranger onto a canal towpath The stranger turns on him and attacks He viciously carves up Neil s face, leaving him mutilated beyond recognition Neil s recovery, through surgical reconstruction and sexual alienation, forces him to question every value he s ever had, and his attempt to track down his mysterious attacOne night, after a row with his lover, Neil follows a stranger onto a canal towpath The stranger turns on him and attacks He viciously carves up Neil s face, leaving him mutilated beyond recognition Neil s recovery, through surgical reconstruction and sexual alienation, forces him to question every value he s ever had, and his attempt to track down his mysterious attacker is a search for his own hidden, destructive self The Blue Mask is a hardcore emotional trip that explores the trauma of change and the nature of violence and love.Brought up in Birmingham, England, Joel Lane is a graduate of Cambridge University He won an Eric Gregory Award for Poetry in 1993 His first novel, From Blue to Black, was published to critical acclaim in 2001.
    The Blue Mask One night after a row with his lover Neil follows a stranger onto a canal towpath The stranger turns on him and attacks He viciously carves up Neil s face leaving him mutilated beyond recognition N

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    1. 2003 notebook studenty view stuffed with indie tracks, fear of small town pubs, in jokes Lovely writing ees made a jigsaw of the light, and dead leaves covered everything Birch, syca, oak, beech The only buildings were churches, so old they were like dreams Joel was in a writer s group with me and one of my dearest friends He died in 2013.

    2. I liked parts of this There were sections of the writing which I thought were floundering, just like the character in the story, but perhaps that was the authors intent, even if that was the case it didn t entirely work for me.

    3. This is a novel about identity Neil identifying himself as gay, claiming gay straight is what it s all about and then pulling away from that as what happens if when you change sides Were there any sides to start with The rest of the world however may not be so forgiving for example when he and another man are attacked physically by a man who is out with his equally homophobic girlfriend Neil is not from Birmingham but from Macclesfield which gives him another layer of distancing and also allows [...]

    4. Joel Lane is one of our best writers.His books are firmly of their place Birmingham and the Midlands and have a beautiful but bleak realist style This is noir from the decaying and fraying industrial heartlands.Lives lived not in the mainstream or in the underworld but somewhere on between arty, political, gay, counter cultural.This book is about loss of innocence in politics, in love, of youth A sense of trying to get back something that s gone for ever pervades Some of the passages in the book [...]

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