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Mr Loverman (original 2013; edição 2013)

por Bernardine Evaristo (Autor)

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"Barrington Jedidiah Walker is seventy-four and leads a double life. Born and bred in Antigua, he's lived in Hackney, London, for years. A flamboyant character with a fondness for William Shakespeare, Barrington is a husband, father, grandfather--and also secretly gay. With an abundance of laugh-out-loud humor and wit, Mr. Loverman explodes cultural myths and shows the extent of what can happen when people fear the consequences of being true to themselves. His deeply religious and disappointed wife, Carmel, thinks he sleeps with other women. When their marriage goes into meltdown, Barrington wants to divorce Carmel and live with Morris, but after a lifetime of fear and deception, will he manage to break away? With an abundance of laugh-out-loud humor and wit, Mr. Loverman explodes cultural myths and shows the extent of what can happen when people fear the consequences of being true to themselves"--Amazon.com, viewed February 21, 2014.… (mais)
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Título:Mr Loverman
Autores:Bernardine Evaristo (Autor)
Informação:Penguin Books (2013)
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Mr Loverman por Bernardine Evaristo (2013)

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Barrington Jedidiah Walker Esq is a self-educated, sometimes self-deceiving dandy of 74. He is, however, truly in love – not with his wife of 50 years, Carmel, but with his gay lover, Morris Courtney de la Roux. Their first tryst was a lifetime ago when they were both boys in Antigua, and their love affair has swung on through the decades of their adult life in London. Mr Loverman is the story of their switchback ride towards full disclosure. ( )
  AccyP | Jul 25, 2021 |
This is an unsuual book. Barry is in his 70s, from Antigua, living in London, married to Carmel and with 2 grown up children. And the love of is life is Morris. And has been since they were youngsters. Barry is a very dapper, intellectually curious man and he is a most appealing narrator. His chapters were told in the present, with reviews of past incidents. Carmel is a far more opaque character. We see her mainly through other people. The chapters she narrates are in the past and are written in a stream of concious manner - no punctuation no full sentences. She is far harder to warm to. The family are reasonabvly well presented, you get a feel for them as individuals as well as their dynamic.
There's a curious diachotomy in here, in that while Barry wants to be accepted for who he is, he also has rather dated attitudes to gender and the role of women in life and society. It makes for an odd mixture and I never quite got my head around it.
I'm also not entirely convinved by the utterly complete character change Carmel undergoes. It just didn't feel believable. ( )
  Helenliz | Jul 4, 2021 |
A brilliant, thoughtful and entertaining read. The main character, Barry, is living a double life. He is a family man and has a successful business renting property but he loves Morris, not his wife Carmel. Morality runs through this novel and passion and being yourself. It is funny and the stories of the ups and downs of family life work well. It is good to hear Carmel's voice occasionally as well as Barry's. ( )
  CarolKub | Apr 30, 2021 |
On the face of it, we shouldn't feel much sympathy for Barry, the main narrator of this book: he's a closeted gay man who, at the age of seventy-five, still hasn't screwed up his courage to admit to his wife and daughters that he's been sleeping with his best friend, Morris, since they were boys at school together in Antigua more than sixty years ago. Not to mention a long history of casual pick-ups, and cruising the local cemetery back in the day. His chronic deception has led to unhappiness for everyone around him, including himself much of the time, and he's at least dimly aware of that, but he's old and male and stubborn, and he's internalised the homophobia he grew up with, so there's no obvious road out.

But this is — in an odd kind of way — a romantic comedy, and Evaristo cunningly manages to make Barry funny and engaging enough as a narrator to get us on his side (at least for the purposes of the story). We don't necessarily approve of the way he got himself into this bind, but we do sympathise with his efforts to get out of it, and with the often comic difficulties he encounters along the way. It helps, too, that Evaristo switches the narration to Carmel's point of view a couple of times, just to remind us that Barry is an unreliable narrator, and he isn't quite as much in control of the story as he thinks he is.

But perhaps what this is really about is Barry's rich, complex use of language: the man who has grown up ambidextrous in patois and Standard English, has picked up London-West-Indian along the way, and done his evening classes on Shakespeare and psychology and all the rest of it. Evaristo has endless fun with his voice, and of course it works brilliantly as an audiobook. (Except that the narrator has an irritating way of dropping into a dramatic whisper at exactly the point when you're listening out on the street and someone comes past on a moped...). ( )
1 vote thorold | Nov 16, 2020 |
Growing up gay in 1950s Antigua, Barry Walker had three options: to get married to allay suspicions, commit suicide, or be murdered. Now it's 2010, he's in his seventies and living in London, and he has a fourth option, to leave his wife for the man he has always loved. But will he take it?

This could so easily have been a misery memoir, but wasn't. Barry's joie de vivre was great fun even if I did want to shake him at times for his obliviousness to the damage he'd done to his wife, as much trapped by their sham marriage as he was, and daughters by ignoring one and indulging the other. I still couldn't help rooting for him and hoping it would all work out, though. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Jun 17, 2020 |
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"Barrington Jedidiah Walker is seventy-four and leads a double life. Born and bred in Antigua, he's lived in Hackney, London, for years. A flamboyant character with a fondness for William Shakespeare, Barrington is a husband, father, grandfather--and also secretly gay. With an abundance of laugh-out-loud humor and wit, Mr. Loverman explodes cultural myths and shows the extent of what can happen when people fear the consequences of being true to themselves. His deeply religious and disappointed wife, Carmel, thinks he sleeps with other women. When their marriage goes into meltdown, Barrington wants to divorce Carmel and live with Morris, but after a lifetime of fear and deception, will he manage to break away? With an abundance of laugh-out-loud humor and wit, Mr. Loverman explodes cultural myths and shows the extent of what can happen when people fear the consequences of being true to themselves"--Amazon.com, viewed February 21, 2014.

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