Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Palisade

Title: The Palisade
Author: George Seaton
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: www.mlrbooks.com
ISBN: 978-1-60820-431-1
Genre: {M/M} 1980’s History
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx   

The coming of spring 1981 is celebrated with a dance performed by one of the residents of The Palisade, an apartment complex considered a safe haven in the Denver gay community, but is it truly safe or is it just an illusion?  

Narrated by the character indentified only as the Writer, The Palisade recounts the Writer’s coming of age history and meeting his partner David. It also provides brief background details regarding each of the apartment residents, some of whom freely indulged in unprotected sex, others who were content to share a quiet life with their four legged family members. The neighbors across the street presented a picture of underachievers who transformed their misery into hatred for anyone different.  The Aids panic brought a harsh new reality to the sexual freedom era, as well as the demand for more education. The plot also illustrates the dangers associated with the underlining bigotry embedded into officers of the law.   

George Seaton has a flair for writing imaginary stories that express the source of some views still current in the real world today.   The Palisade is not a romance, but rather an enjoyable informative examination of a place and time.

2 comments:

George Seaton said...

Thank you for reading "The Palisade." I suspect at some point you realized there was little "romance" in the novella...which, of course, might have begged you to put this work aside. But you persevered. I thank you for that.

George

Chocolate Minx said...

George, I know your writings are more reality than fiction. I can relate to the real world issues you write about which is why I love your stories. Of course I need to stock up on more tissue before your next book, *sniff* but I try not to miss your perceptive real life legends.