First there was Charlie and Peter.Their love affair broke a lot of conventions... but it didn't break them all. For Peter and Charlie are in love -- with each other -- and with Martha. And Martha is passionately in love with them both.From St. Tropez to Athens to Mykonos, this powerful, moving novel follows their devastating triangle of romance and desire through a world oFirst there was Charlie and Peter.Their love affair broke a lot of conventions... but it didn't break them all. For Peter and Charlie are in love -- with each other -- and with Martha. And Martha is passionately in love with them both.From St. Tropez to Athens to Mykonos, this powerful, moving novel follows their devastating triangle of romance and desire through a world of sun-drenched pleasure and Mediterranean adventure. Back in print after years of being unavailable to generations of Merrick fans comes the follow-up to the national best-seller The Lord Won't Mind. The saga concludes with Forth Into Light....
|Title||:||One for the Gods|
|Number of Pages||:||312 Pages|
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One for the Gods Reviews
Gordon Merrick is the dirty, fetishg loving, Jackie Collins cousin to the more highbrow works of Armistead Maupin. Which means it is melodramatic, filled with sex and two impossibly good looking leads.I loved it.Honestly though--the works of Merrick live in a strange twilight world of fiction--one of the first series about gay men, a successful series and written by a straight man. This is second in the Peter and Charlie series started in "The Lord Wont Mind" and follows the two lovers through Greece and the Mediterranean in the 1950s. While there is plenty to wince at with some odd dialouge, groan inducing interalized homophobia within the characters and a sly and slight bit of sexism at play--despite all this I found myself in love with and rooting for the books young-ish lovers and there attempts at happiness.I think the other reason I loved this book is quite simply this--there is not much fun fiction out there for a gay audience and something like this that is parts fun, lux and sexy is worth more than it's weight in gold.
The novels of Gorden Merrick are delicious trash, full of glamour and explicit gay sex -- manna from heaven for one timid gay adolescent in the 1970s whose heart would pound in fear as he handed them over to check out clerk at B. Dalton Booksellers in the local mall and would be up all night reading under the covers with a flashlight.
Makes you wish you were rich and sailing around the Greek Islands having drama with your hung gay lover.
Although I was a bit indifferent, if not to say agitated by the overwrought information on sailing, One for the Gods adequately earned it's rightful place as the second installment for this overlooked, underrated trilogy. Gordon Merrick manages to take the reader on a voyage of human nature that is both savage and complex in it's raw emotion. I was worried that along the way, the plot would be lost on me with it's somewhat exhausted take on another man's Odyssey, but it managed to divert itself from the mundane sexual tropes, misadventures and reaffirm the layers of the relationship Peter and Charlie are trying to navigate despite the many obstacles obstructing their goal of living out their lives together in perfect (imperfect) balance.
The saga of Peter and Charlie continues. The war's over and they're on the French Riviera....wearing next to nothing....and going to parties where real Matisses and Picassos hang on the walls. If only Peter would stay indoors!More great scenes of sex and love... with some pretty girls and great sailing thrown in. This is the second book in the trilogy, and I think it's the best of the three. This was cutting-edge for the 1950s, and if you like retro and gay and packed with great, big, raw, um, intelligence, you can't do better.
The sequel to The Lord Won't Mind catches up with Peter and Charlie in 1950 in the South of France and charts a turbulent few months in their relationship, including an interesting yacht trip to the Greek islands. I found the sequel much more enjoyable than the first story, maybe because the emotions felt more real. Although the dialogue still sounded odd and in my head, they sounded like Bertie Wooster. But written in 1970/1, you've got to hand it to the guy, it's seriously racy stuff.
Another cheesy classic in the genre of over-the-top gay affairs with rich hung "beautiful" men. Gosh, what glorious trash.
Reading Challenge 2017: book about travel. Starting on the island of Saint Tropez, Charlie and Peter travel in a sailboat with the Kingsley's, a couple with issues of their own. Sailing in the Aegean Sea, stopping at various Greek islands, until Charlie has a fit, leaves the boat and buys a house on Hydra Island, which ends their journey. A storm at sea, lusty bandits, a drunk captain, a possibly pregnant wife, friendly islanders, and a self-realization make for an interesting tale. This only makes me want to travel to Greece to visit as well. The second book of the trilogy is a vehicle for the third in that it gives Peter and Charlie a reason to leave America behind and live on the Greek island.
I often wonder why it became necessary to tag people who prefer their own sex as gay= happy, faggots = kindlings, fairy = mythical little creatures with wings, queer = strange, etc. etc.There was a time when many of those words esp. the above three meant something totally different and it saddened me greatly that I cannot use them anymore to mean their original meanings. None of those words described a human (person).The fact that I think this way in 2017 must mean that as much as homosexuality has to some extent been accepted, there is so much more that still has not been accepted or tolerated. And that is just heartbreaking. There are many, many Charlies around still and for the life of love and goodness why can't the world be less hypocritical? Why must people be labelled and villianized because of something they have absolutely no control of? God or Nature created them the way they are. It makes me so, so mad that people have to fight for their lives for a very basic and necessary thing as Love. To love as freely as the rest of us.Anyway, *deep breath*, this second book about Charlie and Peter is just wonderful and one cannot help but feel compassion and sympathy for them.
I have to wonder why fictional gay relationships always have to include sanctioned infidelity. I don't generally like it. At least in this book it wasn't all massaged into inertness, with the "it's just sex" line. Basically this entire book was a run-up to a preordained confrontation that, when it happened, was pretty anticlimactic. I will say that the characters are engaging. These two cause each other a lot of pain in the stories, so it is kind if hard to see the elapsed time between them as being peaceful and a sign of longevity, but the stories are suspenseful.