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50 Reasons to Say Goodbye

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Mark is looking for love in all the wrong places.

He always ignores the warning signs preferring to dream, time and again, that he has finally met the perfect lover until, one day, he really does…

Through fifty different adventures, Nick Alexander takes us on a tour of modern gay society: bars, night-clubs, blind dates, Internet dating… It’s all here.

Funny and moving by turn, 50 Reasons to Say "Goodbye", is ...

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Overview

Mark is looking for love in all the wrong places.

He always ignores the warning signs preferring to dream, time and again, that he has finally met the perfect lover until, one day, he really does…

Through fifty different adventures, Nick Alexander takes us on a tour of modern gay society: bars, night-clubs, blind dates, Internet dating… It’s all here.

Funny and moving by turn, 50 Reasons to Say "Goodbye", is ultimately a series of candidly vivid snapshots and a poignant exploration of that long winding road; the universal search for love.

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What People Are Saying

Richard Labonte
this perceptive and obstinately optimistic book balances passion and pathos with wit that entertains, whimsy that charms, and wisdom that engages
Book Marks, Q Syndicate
David Tickner
An engaging, entertaining and intelligently written book, which will reset the boundaries for gay literature.
Editor, reFRESH Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781411607545
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2006

    The Gay Everyman

    Comprising fifty vignettes recounting the hapless Mark's experiences with nearly as many romantic disappointments, a story unfolds. Mark is the gay Everyman, looking for his Prince Charming and having to kiss a lot of frogs in the meantime. The writing is tinged equally with humor and bitterness, and guides the reader through all the blind alleys and primrose paths which Mark follows in pursuit of...of...well, Mark hardly even knows what it is he's seeking himself, but he knows what it isn't, and that's what he invariably ends up with. He's continually victimized -- by himself, by the objects of his affection, even by his friends, yet his plight elicits not pity but a nodding understanding. We've all been there. He's a plugger. He gets up, dusts himself off, and starts all over again. He's surrounded by a motley crew of friends and loved ones, some broadly drawn and fleshed out, others more sketchily. Throughout the story, despite the hurdles this man encounters, runs a thread of optimism, despite the bleak and sometimes rather implausible-seeming picture drawn of much of the gay subculture -- especially the club scene. But in most instances, it's a true picture, which is food for thought. Nick Alexander's freshman oeuvre is a satisfying read, undemanding in its straightforward simplicity of style, and can be read easily in one or two sittings. It's a wonderful lead-in to the much pithier and more complex sequel, Sottopassaggio, which differs quite a lot in both style and content, following Mark and Jenny into deeper waters. Find it, buy it, read it. Then read it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2004

    Excellent Book

    This is one of the best reads I have had in years, probably since Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City. The characters are funny and human and the book made me laugh and cry too. I read the whole thing in one weekend, highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2004

    Good Enough

    I read this in one long weekend sitting and it made me laugh and cry alternately. When I finished it I felt moved and changed and sad that it was over. That's Good Enough for me. expect no more from any book. I haven't given it 5 stars because I refuse to believe that anything can't be bettered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2004

    Read this!

    Nick Alexander has a uniquely engaging style which makes this collection of stories totally engrossing. I was left at the ending wanting to know the rest of Mark's journey...lets hope Mr. Alexander will supply another 50 Reasons. It's addictive reading, like Tales of the City, and blends humour and disappointment in just the right measures. More please...

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