Friday, February 20, 2015

The Invisible Manuscript by Alfian Sa'at


"I never knew poetry on gay male sex could be so beautiful," was how I introduced this book to a couple of my friends. You'd probably not believe me, but it's true. Pick this book up and give it a try. You might be surprised. I certainly was. 

A friend who teaches Literature glanced through the book and commented that such poetry needs to be read a little at a time, like something to be savoured. The impatient me of course, read the entire thing within the course of a day. 

This book contains a mix of both prose and poetry and both are equally good. They are written with different personas in mind and that is something that can be clearly seen through the titles or content of the various works. This makes it very interesting indeed. 

It's not all about gay sex though. But every poem or short story does express heartfelt same-sex desire or longing. And it is amazing how it does not get stale, all of the 102 pages. 

If you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary, this is the book for you. You can grab it at Books Actually which did a reprint with a snazzy new cover, or order it from their online store at: http://www.booksactuallyshop.com/products/the-invisible-manuscript-by-alfian-saat

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