This is basically the story of a very handsome man, a stud, who was born when being gay was a crime. Despite everything they did to him, from electric shocks to AIDS, he is still here, and he is still dancing, even if now he is dancing alone. He had the courage to love, two men for real, and a lot of men for fun, and he saw the changing in the world. When he was young being gay was a crime, not that he is old the crime is to be old and poor. Apparently this man was never right in the world, and so why he has not ended his life long ago? Because despite everything it happened to him, the longing to see yet another dawn was always too strong, the hope that the morning after would have been better. Does is matter that perhaps it was not like that? In the end, he lived, and he lived a lot, way more than many other men who denied who they were. And he loved, he loved a lot, and all his men, Jack and Tim, are still alive in his memory, while the narrator, with all his friends and former lover, has no one he wants to remember.
The Cury of Sodomy is history in form of narration, spanning from the pre WWII world, to the McCarthyism, to the ’70, passing not unscathed through the ’80 and the AIDS plague, to today. More than 70 years of being gay with all that it means. It’s not a pretty story, it smells and it’s sad, but in the end I think, that bum has lived for ALL those years, and he has LIVED, not survived.
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