Based on the much loved book by Timothy Conigrave, adapted for the stage by one of Australia’s leading young playwrights.
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Australia|
|Edition description:||Movie Tie-In|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
TOMMY MURPHY is a graduate of the University of Sydney and the National Institute of Dramatic Art. His most recent play, Saturn’s Return , was commissioned by Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett for the Sydney Theatre Company. He lives in Sydney.
TIMOTHY CONIGRAVE was born in Melbourne in 1959 and educated at Xavier College and Monash University. He trained as an actor at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, graduating in 1984, and appeared in such plays as Brighton Beach Memoirs and As Is . He passed away in 1994 shortly after completing Holding the Man .
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After the boring repetitiveness of Under the Tuscan Sun, I¿ve made it a mission to read a little bit of the book I plan to read on my commute so I¿m not stuck reading something dreadful. So, last night I started reading Holding the Man. I finished it this afternoon.I bought Holding the Man as one of the Popular Penguins series. I thought it was about AFL (Australian Rules football), given the title. I suppose you could say that it is, a little- Tim falls in love with the captain of the footy team at school, John. So begins a love affair that ends with John¿s death.I found the initial chapters rather graphic in places (perhaps not suitable for public transport if you have people who read over your shoulder) but not offensive. I enjoyed the transcription of their lives, right down to recreated conversations. I found the description of the medical treatments very interesting (and nearly all factually correct, a rarity in today¿s lack of fact checking world), especially in regards to how much HIV and AIDS treatments have progressed since John and Tim contracted the disease.This may not be for the fainthearted as there are many sexual references, as well as a poignant farewell to John, but it¿s definitely an eye opener and I¿m glad I read it.
A charming coming-of-age / coming-out story that morphs into a tragic car wreck I could not look away from. This book is hard to describe. Frank, honest, excruciating, lovely, painful. powerful. This memoir has stayed with me long after I put it down.
I picked it up last weekend to read on the train out to the Hamptons on Friday. I couldn't put it down. I got so engrossed and involved in Tim and John's lives and their love. It's a true story. A memoir. A coming of age/coming out tale. A look at AIDS in the early onset of the crisis, from a distinctly non-American perspective. I get wrapped up in books all the time, I love to read. Fiction or non-fiction, if the story intrigues me, I'll pick it up and read it. I get attached to books, or stories, or characters easily. I have a ton of books I've read and still more waiting to be read. I fell in love with this book from the very first pages. I fell in love with Tim and John and what they had with each other. I wept. For a while, knowing it's a memoir, and that AIDS plays a central theme, you know the outcome, and you might get emotional. Towards the middle of the book, I would start to get teary eyed, but still be able to read a chapter or two before having to put it down, the weight of it being too much. As the end of the book drew near, I couldn't go more than a paragraph or two without becoming a blubbering mess. I finished it today on the subway home from the gym and good cardio workout. I had tears streaming down my face. I had sunglasses on and it was still apparent. I was sniffling and choking back the emotion. I am crying now writing this remembering how wonderful it was. I feel like I lost two friends...it really was that good. I have to pass it on to people to read, but it's sitting on my bed, I can't let go of it yet. It really is like saying goodbye to someone, when you know it will be the last time. I'm not ready to let go, but I know I have to... Tim and John...I hope that you've found each other again...
Holding the Man by Timothy Conigrave "There I met an angel on a rock. What did you learn from John? That you don't need to be concerned about what people think of you. Anything else? The value of unconditional love." p. 284 This is the memoir/autobiography of Timothy Conigrave - the protagonist and narrator - as it pertains to his growing up in Melbourne, Australia, coming out in high school, being educated by Jesuits, and falling in and out of love with John Caleo. Their relationship is set amongst the backdrop of the seventies and early eighties. John wants to be monogamous, but Tim likes to experiment - open relationships, saunas.... They both turn HIV positive and John becomes very sick and dies. Narrated from the first person point of view, I thought the story was too personal to have literary value. The plot is not developed and the writer tells you occurrences, rather than showing you what the time period really looked like. The language used is too "Australian." I would have used the universal English. The characters are not developed, and you end up with a list of names - usually just first names - who happen to cross the path of our narrator. The early parts of the book seemed to be a lot more interesting, I lost interest after Tim goes to High School.