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Strip [Reading] ➶ Strip ➬ Andrew Binks – John Rottam is on a journey back in time and place Fleeing a private stripping engagement turned violent he reflects on a time in his life when he was burdened with a broken heart self doubt and a flo John Rottam is on a journey back in time and place Fleeing a private Stripping engagement turned violent he reflects on a time in his life when he was burdened with a broken heart self doubt and a floundering dance career A few clumsy steps in the corps de ballet of a prestigious Canadian ballet company sends John fleeing to join a psychotic and incompetent dance troupe in uebec City run by the bitter Madame Talegdi who all but destroys his dream of a legitimate career Stifled by the walls of Old uebec limited French and dwindling finances John seeks out the feathers and seuins of the Chez Moritz nightclub for a last shot at doing a little of what he loves on the condition that he Strips as well as dances John's fall from grace eventually lands him in a road house freak show where he struggles to find love and a meaningful life amidst alcohol deception abuse and exploitation When the show folds John is forced to move on confront his uncertain future and come to terms with his disturbing past His final Strip tease becomes a haunting dance of desire revulsion insight and ultimately redemption Strip is the unsettling yet deeply inspiring second novel from Andrew Binks.

10 thoughts on “Strip

  1. George K. Ilsley George K. Ilsley says:

    Wow This novel is an extraordinary achievement Binks has really managed to get inside his character John and delineate the damage that ensues from growing up gay; even though John has a loving family growing up gay and closeted and unacknowledged is debilitating Whatever John learns about the real world he has to discover through trial and error as he stumbles through his pacesBinks also has beautifully captured the physical and emotional world of dance and dancers Not that I'm in any sort of position to judge but this element of the novel and it's enormous was totally convincing and illuminatingWhat we have here is the sort of gay fiction we don't see often enough This is not a fairy tale world of parties and perfect boyfriends but a real life world of emotional pain and distance inner turmoil and the need to heal when the path towards recovery is not at all obviousBravo I'll say it again extraordinary

  2. Gillian D Gillian D says:

    A great read without rose coloured glasses about the life of a professional gay dancer and the obstacles both professionally and personally he faces to keep that career Binks is both poignant and funny as he takes us along this journey

  3. Amber Dawn Amber Dawn says:

    With eual parts exhilaration and desperation Andrew Binks explores the male body with as much raw uandary as feminist authors Moniue Wittig or Lynn Crosby probe the female And what deep reaching uestions a body can hold Bink’s pathos worthy protagonist John Rottom is almost too human too willing to fall down on a stage that most of us wouldn’t dare stand upon Strip not only reveals the tortured machismo of a dancer’s physiue but also the poetic and visceral longings of a post disco pre AIDS era

  4. Eal Eal says:

    Got a first reads copy of this Thank you I will read anything once This just wasn't to my taste although it was well written and had some marvelous descriptive passages about time and the ravages of dance on the human body and the feeling of dance I didn't have enough invested in the main character or his arc to want to see the resolution of the story

  5. Randy Blair Randy Blair says:

    Totally engrossing storyHeartfelt story of a life experienced; good bad and otherwise No sugar coating here True to how life can slap you around; and how you can keep going Never forgetting nor lamenting your past; but using it all to move you forward in life

  6. David W. David W. says:

    Never finished the book I tired several times as I want to support Canadian authorsNormally I can at least finish a book but not this oneMaybe you have to be a dancer to appreciate itI found the reading dense Too many words to describe something minorAgain maybe as a dancer I would have appreciated itCould not even appreciate it from a gay male perspectiveGlad so many others liked it though

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