Venus as a Boy

by Luke Sutherland | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0747569045 Global Overview for this book
Registered by okyrhoe of Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on 12/6/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Tuesday, December 06, 2005
The novel begins with the premise of the author having been approached by a stranger who requests the writer to tell the story of a dying man. Although reluctant at first, the writer - and the reader - is intrigued by the dying man's story.
The dying man claims that he is literally turning to gold, a miracle that follows the initial one of his transformation from man to woman.
In addition to these fantastical metamorphoses, the dying man has the gift to transport others into the realm of sublime love and ecstasy, merely by touch or via sex (a blessing reminiscent of Pasolini's Teorema).
These developments are, paradoxically, only one end of the spectrum of incredible events recounted here. At the other end lie sordid and disturbing developments that befall the protagonist.

Sutherland succeeds in maintaining a balance between the realistic narrative and the mythological references. It's a very contemporary story and brutally explicit at times.
At the novel's end the pace of the narrative becomes rushed, the plot takes on too many sharp turns, and the reader is left stranded with questions that remain unresolved. I'm not sure whether Venus is, in the end, a martyr, a saint, or a sinner.

The novel was also adapted into a theatrical production.

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Journal Entry 2 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Friday, February 26, 2010
Book Ray
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BookRay participants :
- ChrissyHam (in the Netherlands - prefers E.U. postage)
- Lizzy-stardust (in U.K. - prefers U.K. postage, will do intl. if needed)
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Journal Entry 3 by okyrhoe at By Post, By Post -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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The book is traveling by post to ChrissyHam in the Netherlands. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 4 by ChrissyHam from Bristol, not specified not specified on Saturday, March 13, 2010
This book came through the post today - many thanks to okyrhoe for starting the ray and sending it! Also for the little gifts.

I've got a big to be read pile building up at the minute, but will get to it asap, as it's a small book it shouldn't take too long to read.

Thanks again.

Journal Entry 5 by ChrissyHam from Bristol, not specified not specified on Sunday, March 21, 2010
A lovely little book, very short and a slightly strange story, but utterly beautifully written. I loved the short sparse style of prose, it felt like there were no wasted words. I would love to write like this. I will definately buy a copy of this book to keep. Thanks so much for sharing. It was a genuine pleasure to read.

Journal Entry 6 by ChrissyHam at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Monday, April 05, 2010

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Sent off in the post to the next reader. Happy reading.

Journal Entry 7 by Lizzy-stardust from Salford, Greater Manchester United Kingdom on Friday, April 09, 2010
received in today's post. will read after I finish my current book.

Journal Entry 8 by Lizzy-stardust from Salford, Greater Manchester United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I agree that the prose of this book was beautifully written, and must admit that the lovely prose was the only thing that kept me reading this all the way to the end. With the exception of Finola and her mother, I found each and every character completely unlikeable and unspympathetic, especially the narrator, as we could see what was going on in his mind and he still insisted on making the wrong choices. Because the writing was so magnificent though, I kept reading untiul I finished, so it wasn't a complete waste of my time.

Journal Entry 9 by Lizzy-stardust at Grassmarket in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, April 26, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (4/23/2010 UTC) at Grassmarket in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom

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released this against a statue. Hope someone finds it and likes it!

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