The Limits Of Pleasure

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With great humor and sensitivity, bear writer Daniel M. Jaffe's novel The Limits of Pleasure follows Dave Miller, a forty-year old bearish gay man, living in Boston in an escalating skirmish to reconcile his Jewish and gay identities. A year after the death of his Holocaust-surviving grandmother, Dave leaves Boston for Amsterdam, the home of Anne Frank, whom his Grandma revered. Dave, feeling underserving to confront the suffering that Grandma endured in the concentration camps, cannot bring himself to visit Anne...
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With great humor and sensitivity, bear writer Daniel M. Jaffe's novel The Limits of Pleasure follows Dave Miller, a forty-year old bearish gay man, living in Boston in an escalating skirmish to reconcile his Jewish and gay identities. A year after the death of his Holocaust-surviving grandmother, Dave leaves Boston for Amsterdam, the home of Anne Frank, whom his Grandma revered. Dave, feeling underserving to confront the suffering that Grandma endured in the concentration camps, cannot bring himself to visit Anne Frank's house. Angry at himself and the world, Dave repeatedly seeks out risky erotic trysts that mix sacred ritual with profane hedonism. Then he meets Alexander, a sexually reserved Dutchman of Indonesian heritage, who has identity conflicts of his own. The relationship shakes both men's lives to their core.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781590211960
  • Publisher: Lethe Press
  • Publication date: 11/13/2010
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    "The Limits of Pleasure" by Daniel M.Jaffe is an intri

    "The Limits of Pleasure" by Daniel M.Jaffe is an intriguing account of a gay man's holiday to Amsterdam during the time of Gay Pride. A Jewish man with a lot of identity issues tries to resolve them while facing his past and his parents with inner dialogue and facing his environment with a huge sexual appetite.
    Confronted with unusual characters he starts to explore his feelings of self worth and self acceptance and discovers what he wants to be and what he can be.
    Explicit, daring and provocative at times the book can be as self indulgent as the hedonism that is put into the title spotlight. Philosophical, comic and entertaining and warm the book covers a huge range of issues while telling the story of one tormented but very likeable man. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2001

    Blew Me Away

    This novel completely blew me away. I laughed constantly, but I was a little embarrassed at laughing. At other times I got chills. Many really hot scenes with a deep philosophical point. This is a book that doesn't pretend it's easy being gay, especially if you were brought up in a conservative household. It focuses on inner conflicts, but at the same time shows how much fun life can be if you just accept yourself. And it shows that we all have the same issues whether we're American or Dutch, Jewish or Asian or whatever. The writing is so beautiful, with lots of different voices. The best novel I've read in ages.

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