*points to cover photograph* How many English guys do you suppose have legs that hairless? (^^;;;;Cumming, Alan. Tommy's Tale. New York: ReganBooks, 2002.Summary
: Tommy is having a mid-life crisis at twenty-nine. He's having trouble admitting he wants a kid but has no convenient means with which to produce one. Meanwhile, his boyfriend (and his boyfriend's son) wants to get serious, and his ex-girlfriend has called up, and one last one-night stand gets her pregnant. Tommy flees London for New York City for two weeks of debauchery, and when he returns, the ex has terminated her pregnancy, Tommy and his roommate Sadie decide to make a baby, and Tommy+roommates and Charlie+Finn all move in together. Tommy quits his job as photographer's assistant and becomes "househusband." Comments
: This British actor and playwright's first endeavor as a novelist reads less like a novel and more like a series of vignettes and parodic self-help instructions--equal parts humorous and tedious. Though I have trouble believing that someone could do so many drugs in one day and live to tell (not to mention laugh!) about the tale, the descriptions of sex, and masturbation in particular, and the whole "to pee while standing or to not pee while standing" riff were quite funny. Speaking of sex, I wasn't quite convinced by Tommy's bisexuality; Cumming, using Tommy's voice, naturally, saved his most loving descriptions of human genitalia exclusively for the male end of things. But at least the thought counts. Somewhat. I must admit that I was a bit surprised to see ReganBooks--publisher of Sean Hannity--(and division of HarperCollins, which is, I might as well note, owned by FOX) pick up a novel that, at least at the outset, looks quite, err, liberal...but the message is ultimately a conservative one. Tommy finally grows up when he cuts back on the recreational drugs and casual sex, finds a "husband," has a kid, quits his job, becomes a homemaker. If this were a woman, it might almost be an anti-feminist, right-wing screed. Despite Tommy's exhortation: "Everything in moderation, remember, including moderation."
I mean, how do you do fatherhood and faithfulness in moderation, huh?Notes
: hardcover, 1st editionRating
- Only if stories of sex, drugs, and eventual domestic utopian redemption are up your alley.