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Edinburgh (2001)

by Alexander Chee

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Wow.... a book and story with writing that made me feel as if I were a voyeur who was sung to. I was taken by the beautiful language...poetic, emotion-stoked, pleading and lifting. Just finished the last word and now I pause in awe and in joy of its power and song. ( )
1 vote ming.l | Mar 31, 2013 |
I was really moved by the main character's story and the palpable way Fee's guilt and grief - for being gay, for surviving - colors his view of the terrible events that surround him, including the sexual abuse of other boys and the suicide of his best friend. ( )
1 vote sbecon | Apr 18, 2008 |
Coming-of-age of a Korean boy in Maine who deals with a pedophile choral teacher. Homosexuality, music and art and difficult subjects and scenes written with detailed prose and sensitivity. Pervasive themes of light, music, fire, give luminescence to the story and prose. ( )
  sungene | Oct 23, 2007 |
Aphias Zhe (Fee) is aged 12 when he and other boys are molested by the choir director Big Eric Gorendt at their school in Maine. ( )
  TonySandel | Sep 13, 2007 |
An excellent and sad read about an American boy of partial Korean ancestry who is sexually abused by his choirmaster. The novel explores his life as he grows up as a gay man. ( )
  peonygoat | Oct 14, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312305036, Paperback)

Twelve-year-old Fee is a gifted Korean-American soprano in a boys' choir in Maine whose choir director reveals himself to be a serial pedophile. Fee and his friends are forced to bear grief, shame, and pain that endure long after the director is imprisoned. Fee survives even as his friends do not, but a deep-seated horror and dread accompany him through his self-destructive college days and after, until the day he meets a beautiful young student named Warden and is forced to confront the demons of his brutal past.

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"Fee, a Korean-American child growing up in Maine, inhabits a fantasy world of spirits and heroes. Gifted with a beautiful soprano voice, Fee sings in a professional boys' choir. When the choir director acts out his pedophilic urges on the boys in the choir, Fee is unable to save himself, his first love, Peter, or his friends - complicit within a silence both inexplicable and growing as each boy succumbs to the molestation. His friendship with Peter deteriorates under the pressures of this mutual silent shame, leaving a hole within him that he cannot fill." "The choir director is arrested and imprisoned for his crimes, but the damage he inflicted remains: Peter self-immolates, another shoots himself in the head. Fee wanders through college, loving men he won't have sex with and having sex with men he doesn't love, and attempts suicide himself. He survives, and, now an adult, moves with his lover Bridey back to Maine, taking a job teaching art at a private boarding school. But when he meets a student named Warden - the choir director's son who knows nothing of his father's heinous crimes - Fee, lost in the way Warden resembles Peter, has no choice but to confront the demons and ghosts of his brutal past."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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