"Not many books by anyone so young are worth publishing, but this one was." - John Betjeman "A very good first novel written with fine economy, intelligent and extremely moving." - Angus Wilson "Resolves the mixed and complex emotions of adolescence into the timeless purity of art. Most books about such years come from the pressure of emotional maturity: Kenneth Martin writes from the very heart of them." - Elizabeth Bowen Paul Anderson has just finished school and is spending his last summer at home before he starts ...
"Not many books by anyone so young are worth publishing, but this one was." - John Betjeman "A very good first novel written with fine economy, intelligent and extremely moving." - Angus Wilson "Resolves the mixed and complex emotions of adolescence into the timeless purity of art. Most books about such years come from the pressure of emotional maturity: Kenneth Martin writes from the very heart of them." - Elizabeth Bowen Paul Anderson has just finished school and is spending his last summer at home before he starts university in the autumn. He can hardly wait to escape his ineffectual father and domineering mother, and a long summer spent with nothing to do but work in old Mr. Swallow's store, which never seems to have any customers, is beginning to look dull and interminable. But one day Gary, a young medical student, enters the store, and Paul's life changes forever. He has been brought up to believe that it's wrong, but he can't help it: he's falling in love with Gary. And all of a sudden, the summer becomes a time Paul will never forget. . . . Written when Kenneth Martin was only sixteen, Aubade (1957) remains a moving and honest portrayal of a young man's first love. Long recognized as a classic of gay fiction, Aubade returns to print in this new edition, which includes an introduction by the author discussing the experience of writing and publishing Aubade as a teenager and the reactions to its initial publication. Martin's second novel, Waiting for the Sky to Fall (1959), is also available from Valancourt Books.
Acceptable in Acceptable jacket. Citadel Press [Published date: 1958]. Hard cover, 160 pp. No other printings listed. Acceptable+ in acceptable dust jacket. Green paper over boards with yellow cloth and black lettering on spine. Light bumping, scuffing and soiling to edges of covers and very light overall aging and spotting to covers as well. Binding tight. Pages lightly aged with occasional light spotting but otherwise unmarked. Dust jacket has a penny sized chip out of the paper in the middle of the spine and several other smaller nicks and tears and creasing along edges. Circular cup-ring stain on paper over back cover right on top of photo of Kenneth Martin. Light overall scuffing, aging, spotting and soiling to jacket as well. NOT price clipped ($3.00). Now in an archival quality Brodart cover. NOT Ex-Library. No remainder marks. [From jacket flaps] Written when Kenneth Martin was only sixteen, this is a book that would be remarkable whatever the author's age. It is the story of an adolescent homosexual romance, which in its English edition caused one critic to comment, "It's astonishing that so young a writer could look into the rock-pool, and come back unsentimental, un-neurotic, almost indeed smiling. The directness, economy of style and restraint which characterize this first novel are indeed unusual. Yet, despite this--and perhaps because of it, the story is distinguished by a strikingly poignant quality seldom found in novels of similar themes. In this summer of waiting for examination results, shedding outgrown friends, seeing into the hearts of his querulous father and strong-willed mother, Paul has two important experiences that help him to understand his "differentness." A dreary, show-off adventure with a willing village girl is described with sardonic detachment and contrasted with an encounter of deep and shattering implications. He meets Gary, a young medical student long admired from afar. Idealistic and visionary, Gary is like no one Paul has ever known, and a passionate attachment develops. Kenneth Martin's honest, objective and sensitive handling of Paul's dilemma has won for this first novel the highest praisefrom leading critics in England where Aubade is a best seller.
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