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An odd little book In the 1958 edition I have it was still written by Anonymous. [[ READ DOWNLOAD ]] ⇱ A Room in Chelsea Square ⇻ Publisher GMP Publishers Ltd Date of PublicationBinding soft cover Edition Condition Very Good Description A sort of Dangerous Liaisons via The Boys in the Band excuse the anachronisms , this short work tells of rich and manipulative Patrick and his select victims and associates in post WWII London Nicholas is his new target and Patrick sets him up as his new boy toy, but Nicholas is deservedly hesitant Patrick toys with his colleagues about starting a magazine Among those he enlists are the eccentric fashion, wine cuisine snob Ronnie, the bumbling painter Christopher who, despite his self d A sort of Dangerous Liaisons via The Boys in the Band excuse the anachronisms , this short work tells of rich and manipulative Patrick and his select victims and associates in post WWII London Nicholas is his new target and Patrick sets him up as his new boy toy, but Nicholas is deservedly hesitant Patrick toys with his colleagues about starting a magazine Among those he enlists are the eccentric fashion, wine cuisine snob Ronnie, the bumbling painter Christopher who, despite his self deprecation and poverty, is the only character with a career or any artistic talent and Christopher s muse, the irritable Michael Patrick toys with everyone s goals and plans with the magazine idea, whips them into a frenzy of backstabbing and conniving, until, well, a few unfortunate things happen, some revolving around Michael s plans for Lily, Ronnie s subservient paramour one of few characters who lacks ulterior motives.The historic relevance of Nelson s semi autobiographical tale in the canon of gay literature leaves it a brief and often overlooked work That it dramatizes the sheer bitchiness of desperate gay men and their trade, without any grandstanding pleas for compassion, may leave some readers cold But it sof an honest and cruel depiction of the desperation of the poor, the decadence of the rich, and how deception as a hobby leaves some damaged with a harsh lesson learned Published in 1958 but written much earlier It is set pre WWII A period piece perhaps The characters are generally effete hedonists who people a world that I rather hope doesn t exist any Patrick is Rich Queen Bitch par excellence There are other characters here who rank pretty high up on the obnoxiousness list too This is the sort of book that can give a queen a bad name..but it is probably worth reading for the times in which it is set and the particular breed depicted here There are Published in 1958 but written much earlier It is set pre WWII A period piece perhaps The characters are generally effete hedonists who people a world that I rather hope doesn t exist any Patrick is Rich Queen Bitch par excellence There are other characters here who rank pretty high up on the obnoxiousness list too This is the sort of book that can give a queen a bad name..but it is probably worth reading for the times in which it is set and the particular breed depicted here There are shades of Mapp and Lucia I guess.As I was reading it I kept thinking of the line attributed to the late Queen Mother She supposedly greeted a hissy fit of a racket proceeding from her kitchen one morning by standing in the doorway, and saying very quietly When you two queens are quite finished this Queen is ready for her breakfast The scene would not have been out of place here Very funny yet very sad It reminds me of The Catcher in the Rye It is a very real story I have known many women that get into similar situations Very modern even if the book was written in 1958. Funny rather than witty My Gay Men s Press edition from the 1980s has an illuminating introduction clarifying the book s autobiographical basis It was, apparently, his own experience that the author portrayed in the character of Nicholas a young journalist whose sexual favours Patrick a fantastically rich man in his 40s courts through not so subtle financial inducements.The kept boy s perspective comes across so effectively in Nicholas s musings that at times I found myself almost persuade Funny rather than witty My Gay Men s Press edition from the 1980s has an illuminating introduction clarifying the book s autobiographical basis It was, apparently, his own experience that the author portrayed in the character of Nicholas a young journalist whose sexual favours Patrick a fantastically rich man in his 40s courts through not so subtle financial inducements.The kept boy s perspective comes across so effectively in Nicholas s musings that at times I found myself almost persuaded by it So much so, in fact, that when I saw a picture of the man on whom the character of Patrick was modelled the handsome Peter Watson my first reaction was to wonder why Nicholas played hard to get You see, humanity is ugly at the best of times But it s ugliest when it tries to be beautiful, because it s being dishonest Everyone in here is dishonest They upset me terribly Remark the pure paleness of the amber with its suspicion of green You observe the absence of a spirit lamp, he said A senseless and barbaric Victorian innovation I only ask one thing of you, said Patrick Do be careful of the pictures If you don t like them turn them to the wall But please don t throw thi You see, humanity is ugly at the best of times But it s ugliest when it tries to be beautiful, because it s being dishonest Everyone in here is dishonest They upset me terribly Remark the pure paleness of the amber with its suspicion of green You observe the absence of a spirit lamp, he said A senseless and barbaric Victorian innovation I only ask one thing of you, said Patrick Do be careful of the pictures If you don t like them turn them to the wall But please don t throw things at them This is an old fashioned written in 1958 gay comedy of manners It is the story of a handsome and naive young man recruited from the provinces by a rich and sophisticated older gay man Need I sayIt reminded me of early Patrick Dennis and a prologue in the GSV edition that I read explained the whom the leading characters were based upon I first heard of this book in the Edward Gorey biography because Gorey designed the cover for the earliest American edition I think it has been recent This is an old fashioned written in 1958 gay comedy of manners It is the story of a handsome and naive young man recruited from the provinces by a rich and sophisticated older gay man Need I sayIt reminded me of early Patrick Dennis and a prologue in the GSV edition that I read explained the whom the leading characters were based upon I first heard of this book in the Edward Gorey biography because Gorey designed the cover for the earliest American edition I think it has been recently reissued by Valancourt Books I found this a great and entertaining read There continually occur moments in one s life when one has to choose between possessions and integrity A bit of a dark view in the human, gay soul As much as I would like to deny it, there is a lot of insight in this book Nice pageturner Hmmmm this was a delicious book to read It was filled with some characters that are ghastly, witty, high camp, sycophantic, cowardly, gluttonous, sadistic, megalomanic, crestfallen, heinous, devious and remorseless.