elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Purly Gates by Vastine Bondurant

Nice, short novella almost lost in time. The time is actually the ’30, and I think the author picked this time to give both an allure than a feeling of being outlaws to the characters.

Purly and Lucky meet in an isolated beach in California. After days spent looking at each other without interacting, a chance event allow them to officially meet. The target of both men is clear, they are men loving men, and they want to share an intimate moment and nothing else. But nothing is simple, and both Purly than Lucky got secrets.

I love the out of time feeling of the novels, and the uncertainty approach of Purly, maybe one of the few hints this is not today time; sure, lately I started to discover real life stories of men loving men in the ’20, ’30 and ’40, strangely it seems they were even more “free” than in later years, but still, it was done beyond closed door, nothing was in plain sight. So Purly approaches Lucky with a little fear, a feeling that seems strange to the man, quite strange as we will discover later in the story. And Lucky? Lucky is maybe more eager, but also with a layer of innocence that both appeals than scares Purly.

I think this is a first attempt from this author, but it’s a nice one. I’m intrigued enough to want to reading more.

Amazon Kindle: Purly Gates
Publisher: LIG Publishing (April 24, 2012)

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Tags: author: vastine bondurant, genre: historical, length: novella, theme: gay for you, theme: virgins

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