The Arena of the Unwell

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The Arena of the Unwell

The Arena of the Unwell

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A lot of fiction I read this year was good, but not so good as to be one of my top books, so it is quite a brief list this year. You hate them because they are exactly the kind of person you don't want to be, and exactly the kind of person you are.

I could really relate to him, and his conviction that he doesn't really fit in with the queer community. It's heartening to see so many new queer books representing the complexity and many different forms of gay experience. One night, after a venue with his favorite band, the enigmatic Smiling Politely turns awry, Noah seeks refuge outside where Dylan, a charismatic barman from Australia, comes to his aid.As much as anything else, The Arena is a coming-of-age story, as we watch Noah try to support himself and figure out how he wants his relationships to be.

Soon, Noah is drawn into the complicated relationship between Dylan and his flatmate Fraser, and as everything else falls apart around him, Noah is drawn into a co-dependent world, all as Smiling Politely prepare to release their first album in years. I really enjoyed Konemann’s non-fiction book The Appendix, but I was particularly drawn to this book from the premise, particularly the promise of it being suffused with a grimy indie music scene, and that did not disappoint. Once again Noah finds himself an outsider, a witness to the jealousies and manipulations running between Dylan and Fraser. really felt like i experienced living in london through the book’s many descriptions of commuting to bars of pubs.

I just tried to hold all those emotions in mind and think about how someone experiencing them all would talk. Konemann highlights both that Noah deserves better and faces vast – but usual – barriers to getting into a better place, while still emphasising that he is not a perfect person.

Pulled into a toxic and codependent relationship with Dylan and his brooding, enigmatic friend Fraser, Noah bounces distractedly between sweaty gigs and clubs, swapping beds and friends along the way. They would have made more sense if the band, or at least their music, would have played a bigger role in the story, but they don't. It still works, because Noah is so vivid and on one level, Noah’s difficulties make him self-absorbed. by Eric Raglin – Such a fresh way of viewing both body horror and the whole world of fitness, with a really diverse set of sports, characters, and takes on the brief.

sometimes you read a book and it articulates your thoughts and feelings so perfectly that it burrows under your skin and stays with you till the end. When the crowd turns violent, Noah runs into the street and meets Dylan, the charming local barman he’s never had the courage to approach. Konemann captures that intensity brilliantly; at times I felt like I was still peeling the grime of last night’s gig off my skin. It does not set Noah within an entirely queer world, noting his sense that he does not want this but also highlighting that sometimes he feels “not gay enough”.

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