Paul Golding: Senseless
UK 2005, 525 pp., brochure, € 10.95Aktion Portofrei: Kostenloser Versand in Österreich.
Set against the backdrop of 1980s London, with its spangled haunt and limitless indulgence, »Senseless«, Paul Golding’s 2nd novel after »The Abomination« (€ 12,99) chronicles, through the jaded faculties of its narrator, a world which veers from dancing to desiring, from recreational drugs to prescribed ones, and back. At the core of the story lie George's two principal relationships - with his brother, Kelly, whom he cannot seem to love, and with his best friend, Matthew, whom he loves like a true brother. Together, George and Matthew confront shame and ignorance with indomitable spirit and dignity. Golding's narrator, George, is sometimes cruel, borderline misogynistic, he does not know when to stop - language or sex. His narrative is overdressed - in drag - like a tight skirt, unable to advance. This novel is at once a defiant elegy for a vanished decade and a love story. Delivered with brutal elegance, Paul Golding's narrative is more than a shoring up against loss. It is a search for sense itself.