Tomas surveys the people around his table, feeling love and satisfaction. A few years ago, he wouldn't have believed that he could be this happy-or accepted.But to do this story justice means starting at the beginning. Tomas is born in the 1950s Midwest to conservative parents. He's subjected to a typical childhood, feeling anything but typical.As he grows, so does the reaTomas surveys the people around his table, feeling love and satisfaction. A few years ago, he wouldn't have believed that he could be this happy-or accepted.But to do this story justice means starting at the beginning. Tomas is born in the 1950s Midwest to conservative parents. He's subjected to a typical childhood, feeling anything but typical.As he grows, so does the realization that this life-sports, girlfriends, church on Sundays-won't satisfy him at his core. Thus begins his search for who he is-a search that will take him first to college and then on a hitchhiking tour of Europe.Each stop strengthens his resolve to find men like him, to experience things he has only dreamed about, and to become more aware of the plight of others.When he meets Marco, everything culminates in a new life that seems too good to be true: loving and learning from an older man, living in beautiful Portugal, and partaking in a revolution destined to change a country.Basing Tomas's journey in part on his own European tour in 1970, David Marty tells a tale of personal triumph in a time when being gay is anything but easy....
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Liberating Tomas Reviews
Through the eyes of Tomas we are able to take a trip across some European countries and at the same time accompany him in his search for who he really is.For those who have been able to travel to any one of the countries mentioned, it is a pleasant "returning" while for those who have not, it gives you a reason to want to. The episodes of the Portuguese revolution (April 25, 1974), the times before and the times after, are very accurate and help recall all that the Portuguese people (and others in similar situations) have gone through during such fascist ruling.On the other hand, Tomas progressively "finds" himself, his sexual orientation, throughout the book as he experiences different feelings and meets new people who aid him in doing so.I really enjoyed reading it. Very interesting and enlightening.
Odd little adventure of Tomas, a young man, and his sexual self-discovery on a European road trip. The writing is awkward like a first-draft journal converted to fiction, but the sex is amusing. The inserted historical excerpts are oddly inserted as background to explain the political intrigue Tomas engages in.
What an interesting book. It reads as a travelogue, then a coming of age story, and also a look into the Portuguese Carnation Revolution. It contains tender male-male sex scenes, picture postcards and letters to and from home in Minneapolis. Complex story line make this a compelling read.
It took a few chapters for Toms story to pick up for me I love his adventure through Europe, and how he writes family (which is sweet). Overall writing, story is amazing and I have enjoyed it a lot