In a New York as gritty and brutal as Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles--a city of muggings, cockroach-infested apartments, dank hospitals, and casual murders--three characters cross paths and collide. Sweet Tooth is a book of anonymous sexual encounters and of lust that grades into love: a story by one of the most brilliantly uncompromising innovators of gay literature thatIn a New York as gritty and brutal as Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles--a city of muggings, cockroach-infested apartments, dank hospitals, and casual murders--three characters cross paths and collide. Sweet Tooth is a book of anonymous sexual encounters and of lust that grades into love: a story by one of the most brilliantly uncompromising innovators of gay literature that shocks with candor and builds to an incredible climax. Its last line--"Adventure is dead"--grounds everything that has come before and gives a conclusive, melancholy tone to a book that is much more than shocking....
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Sweet Tooth Reviews
Come, one and all, roll up roll up for this side-splitting French farce! Meet Rasky, a middle-aged man dying of AIDS in a New York hospital, recalling his favourite sex attacks from the past, and teasing his Latino toyboy Carlos about inaccurate quotations from Renan! And meet Luc, his lover, living among a lovely group of insects known as the scurbius gang while his lover dies his painful death surrounded by perverts and weirdoes!And see, dear punter, aging spinster Lucy, who has little to do with the actual plot, and whose involvement is oblique at best, incoherent at worst, wander around being rich and wearing makeup, bolstering the frequent descriptions of how smelly, feculent, roach-infested and sweaty good old New York City can be in the summer of hate. Tickets free!Before you go, be sure to sample the choppy prose style, the stylised dialogue and narrator, the pretty but laboriously boring narration and unclearly marked speakers, and—of course—those delightful scenes of sexual abuse and lust among far-gone loons destined for soup kitchens! The fun never ends!
One of the truly great novels gay or otherwise. Although this was written before AIDS had been officially identified it is actually the first novel to be haunted by the spectre of AIDS. Not a happy book but why would it be? Bought it for 50p in a sale in Foyles BTW.
If I had to come up with a brief description, I'd say that SWEET TOOTH is like equal parts of Capote and Faulkner mixed together in a jar and garnished with Polanski's REVULSION. All my favorite things as one, what joy!It's not a simple read, but it's never boring, and always delectable. I liked sampling the short chapters tightly packed with exquisite writing a couple at a time—much like turkish delights, referenced in the original French title,—and then, when the novel ended, they all came spinning together in surreal, satisfying cacophony. So glad I found SWEET TOOTH at that tiny bookstore, loved the cover (David Hockney's splendid portrait of the author!) and decided to buy after finding out that Yves Navarre is a prominent gay French writer.