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Comprehensively Scottish, with a unique perspective gained from years of abusing industrial solvents, radioactive contaminants and animal tranquillisers. influences include: politics, sarcasm, noise and cartoon violence.
on March 13, 2014 :
I didn’t go looking for this book, it found me – a somewhat sceptical me, as soon as I realised what the subject matter was. Now that I I’ve devoured it, I can only say I am glad I didn’t allow any biased ideas prevent me from reading it. A new book should be an adventure, an initiatory journey presenting its reader with an opportunity to learn something new, experience the world from a different angle and this is exactly what 1919 (Inside) did for me.
The author’s concise style reveals a man’s existential fears, dreams and hopes, building a relatable character who has finally found himself and an environment that will accept him, will offer him solace and guidance not in spite, but exactly because of his taboo considered needs. No graphic description or extremely sexual account will detract the reader’s attention from what is an introspective attempt to deal both with everyday situations and with one’s personal life and endeavour to become a better self. I found it easy to take the character out of his BDSM oriented existence and perceive him as one of the many depersonalized members of society, because he falls prey to the same doubts, worries, frustrations and paranoia, he enjoys life’s little pleasures derived from love, friendship and security, the same way everybody else does. His quest, his ultimate desire is that of most people, regardless what their sexual preferences might be: that of belonging and having somebody to love; and who loves a person without wanting to make them as happy as possible? This is all that 1919 wants to do for his Mistress. In fact, if one replaces ‘Mistress’ with ‘Mother’, ‘Wife’ or ‘Lover’, several parts of the book relate the life of many men who choose not to only cherish, but also allow the significant females in their life to control their existence and decision making process.
The so-called slave’s emotional life is similar to everybody else’s: he often doubts his decisions, questions his feelings, fears abandonment and loneliness, he has his moments of glory and of failure, he makes friends and he loses some of those dear to him, and once he finds his place in the universe where he belongs, he can finally thrive. Unusual as this universe may be, it is not one of hatred or malice, but one where feelings of love and tenderness are channelled and expressed differently, in order to suit its members’ needs and desire.
The intriguing end makes the reader wonder what the protagonist is going to do next – much like in everyday life, the mere blink of an eye can change a person’s destiny. All in all, 1919 (Inside) is an interesting, revealing read even for those of us who have a different lifestyle, but are able to keep an open mind and accept people’s right to choice.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on April 08, 2013 :
I was fascinated by this book from start to finish, it was compulsive reading,, I found myself feeling sorry for the main character.
I would have.no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone and cannot wait to read the follow up. A literacy genius.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Oct. 19, 2012 :
I met the author, Jess Hopkins, on twitter & when he, rather shyly told me about a book he'd written, I was curious to know more..... WoWzers, what a book!!! It had me gripped from start to finish and my heartfelt sympathies went out to the main character, 1919.
This book does not indulge in graphic details, but rather allows the reader the freedom of creating his own vivid pictures from the words written. The end leaves you wanting to know what happened next, which of course I immediately emailed the author and demanded to know. I'm happy to report there is a second book due out around Feb 13 so will have to wait until then to find out what fate has in store for 1919.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the angst a slave goes through to please his Mistress.
(reviewed the day of purchase)