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People in Trouble (Vintage Stonewall) Kindle Edition
'A book of resistance and love, as urgently necessary now as it was thirty years ago' Olivia Laing
First published in 1990, discover this blistering novel about a love triangle in New York during the AIDS crisis. The perfect novel to read after bingeing It's A Sin.
It was the beginning of the end of the world but not everyone noticed right away.
It is the late 1980s. Kate, an ambitious artist, lives in Manhattan with her husband Peter. She's having an affair with Molly, a younger lesbian who works part-time in a movie theater.
At one of many funerals during an unbearably hot summer, Molly becomes involved with a guerrilla activist group fighting for people with AIDS. But Kate is more cautious, and Peter is bewildered by the changes he's seeing in his city and, most crucially, in his wife.
Soon the trio learn how tragedy warps even the closest relationships, and that anger - and its absence - can make the difference between life and death.
'Strong, nervy and challenging'New York Times
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- Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Cty. Free Libs., Seaside, Cal.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B07N2MMMMC
- Publisher : Vintage Digital (September 19, 2019)
- Publication date : September 19, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2727 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 275 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1529111366
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #592,300 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There's no need to mention the many similiarities with RENT because these were acknowledged by the composer J. Larson before he died. More importantly, discussing comparisons between RENT and People in Trouble mistakenly gives the impression that the two works of art are comparable in important ways, which is absolutely not true. It *is* possible to enjoy one without trashing the other, but when you put them side by side, the musical strikes some false notes to people who actually lived through the early years of the AIDS epidemic, or who were gay and lived during the 70s and 80's.
Larson's musical is a romanticized version of poverty and true love and has some beloved songs and touching scenes. The various characters are whitewashed as is to be expected for Broadway audiences; no body odor, no unpleasant character traits - and neither poverty and heroin addiction can destroy those beautiful white teeth and that shiny hair. Its a lovely but false story like the black and white TV characters in PLEASANTVILLE and it's a great example of art as escapist fare.
Sarah Schulman's novel is a real world version of the AIDS and gay experience story, and it will be harder reading for some people as a result. It may seem a 'rougher' experience, but think of it this way: if you look at two bowls side by side: one unearthed by archeologists from 4000 BC, and the other made by a 20th century artisan that is stunningly crafted and finished, the later bowl is clearly more beautiful. BUT THE OLDER BOWL WAS THE FIRST ONE, AND THE PERSON WHO ACTUALLY INVENTED THAT FIRST 'BOWL' IS a whole universe more original than the 20th century craftsman who made something beautiful after studying 6000 other attempts.
Also: reading People in Trouble is uncomfortable only when it's *meant* to be uncomfortable. It doesn't have accidentally ugly implications that make your pleasure feel a bit guilty. In contrast, the musical occasionaly presents lies about the early AIDS experience in New York, and also makes the unfortunate choice of depicting, side by side, 1) a nasty bickering lesbian relationship; 2) a sad-but-sweet gay relationship that ends in death; adn 3) a sexy and romantic straight relationship that is the only one to survive the end of the show. Oppression comes in a new guise these days.
No matter how you try to get around it, that kind of thoughtless prioritizing of a straight relationship over the gay ones is pretty damaging for so many people. You'd only know this if you every had the fifty million models for your own life taken away as if they'd never existed.
So this novel is a great experience for peopel who want to know about AIDS in the early years, and for gays and lesbians who want to know their history.