What happened when the glass is almost half empty, the music never good, the atmosphere never right and a date only good when there is a flaw in the act? Meet Matthew, who is addicted to the Pump Line, a telephone dating service for gay men, lives in New York, and who doesn’t want his new found lover Henry to be Mister Right. Why does he want life to be superficial and shallow? Why can’t he enjoy life and love?
Well, probably because his father shot himself some months ago.
And neither Matthew nor his mother can’t open op and talk about it. They avoid the issue, they never say what they mean and don’t admit that they feel guilty. Matthew’s shrink isn’t any help either. And that leaves Matthew to the Pump Line or the bathhouse.
Galanes shows great insight in the human condition, in grief and in the frailty of the human condition, but I have to admit that is very hard to read 216 pages without any smiles, humour and fun. Despite the comical situations I think that it is a rather pessimistic book that leaves us readers only with the slight hope that things may turn out well for us human beings. Let’s keep hoping so.
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