Candle for Saint Antony

Candle for Saint Antony

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As fifteen-year-old Justin's feelings toward Rudi shift from intense hostility to strong friendship, his friends, astonished at the reversal, begin to question the nature of the more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 140 x 220mm
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192714155
  • 9780192714152

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Two teenagers, unlike and inseparable - is it homosexuality? Fifteen-year-old Justin Vincent, cynosure and snob, leads the opposition at a posh Sydney school to that "bloody little ethnic tyke," new classmate Rudi Mayer. But "Cool Rudi" - a self-willed loner since his Austrian musician father's death - intrigues Justin by going his own imperturbable way; and with a little help from Brahms' "St. Antony Chorale," the two become bosom friends. The turnabout scene is a little sticky, and the mutual devotion of the two boys thereafter is even more so. Consequently, much as one admires Rudi and likes Justin for appreciating him, the pivotal episode - in which the relationship between the boys, back in Austria on a class trip, suddenly totters on the nature of Rudi's intentions (proclaiming his love, he asks Justin to stay in Austria with him) - has an offputting sentimental ring. Of course Rudi didn't mean what Justin momentarily suspects and another boy, overhearing their conversations assumes; and the book goes down, finally, on the sweetness and bitterness of their innocent love lost. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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