Such Times

Such Times

by Christopher Coe

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In this glitteringly stylish, haunting novel, Christopher Coe evokes both the charmed era of the 1970s and early 80s--when it seems possible for men to love each other without demands and with Dionysian abandon--and the years of loss that followed. Through the story of Timothy and Jasper's twenty-year relationship, Coe creates an inexpressibly moving portrait of people living on the razor's edge of desire, from the bathhouses of San Fracisco to the waterfronts of New York and the streets of Paris, and offers a rapturous, bittersweet homage to those who now face death for having lived so exuberantly in such times.

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ISBN-13: 9780140241433
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 10/12/1994
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Such Times 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ocgreg34 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While Timothy spends the evening with his closest friend Dominic, preparing for what should be an uneventful dinner, he starts to reminisce about the only great love of his life: Jasper. He discusses how they met, their little quirks, their house in Paris, their strange twenty-year relationship, and their dealings with HIV and AIDS.I had a love/hate relationship with this novel.What I loved was the history it provided concerning the early days of the AIDS crisis, what life was like and how the disease changed everything. What I loved was how TImothy changed once he learned his own status. He went from interests in cooking and in music, with which he would begin with gusto only to taper off once his enthusiasm waned, to finally finding something to hold his interest, something to fight against and to keep him active rather than sitting on the sidelines. Timothy questions everything about HIV and AIDS, wants to learn all there is about it, to be up-to-date so that maybe, he will be able to save himself and his friends.What I hated was the characters themselves. I never believed in Timothy's love for Jasper, a man who seemed to fake an interest in Timothy though he had another, longer-term relationship all the while he and Timothy were together. I wanted Timothy to stop being a wuss, to show as much passion for his own happiness as he was giving to HIV/AIDS research, to give Jasper an ultimatum -- "it's him or me", if you will -- rather than remaining constantly indifferent to where the relationship was really going. At one point early on in the story, after a few hours of passionate lovemaking, Timothy catches Jasper walking around the streets of Paris with a young hustler in his arm -- and he doesn't really do anything other than show a slight distaste, perhaps a little anger, but nothing close to how I felt he should react.So I give this a mixed review. For a chronicle of early life with HIV and AIDS, "Such Times" is a great read. I just had something else in mind regarding the characters themselves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not finished with this book, a novel, and feel so sad that the author has passed. It is wonderful,and yet so sad. Such is life. I was praying that Christopher Coe was alive and well. This is a book well written, and very enjoyable!! You will enjoy it..
Guest More than 1 year ago
Had been 3 uninterrumped days from beguining to end in this book,a HIV + has a lot to learn the HIV - has a lot to save; '...Behind each death there is 1 unavoidable mistake'. If you love somebody do it 24 hours or you will pay a very expensive price,'love' is undivisible,is the only word that can be misspelled and you can't flunk the test. Thanks for this book,Christopher.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This work is intense and intimate. Coe brings the character of Timothy vividly to life with an interplay of surface details and poignant memories. An older Jasper becomes a catalyst for Timothy's growth: from the self-adoring youth, through the bittersweet longing of a love which must later be cherished alone. Adored but not idealized, Timothy's unflinching recollection of his life with and without Jasper paints a spellbinding portrait. This is a truly memorable gem of literature.