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Olie op doek ❰Epub❯ ➜ Olie op doek Author Jonathan Kemp – Thomashillier.co.uk Drie mannen drielevens en drie tijdsgewrichten In Olie op het doek verweeft Jonathan Kemp drie verhalen tot een donkere en meeslepende vertelling over seks uitbuiting en afhankelijkheid tegen de achte Drie mannen drielevens en drie tijdsgewrichten In Olie op het doek verweeft Jonathan Kemp drie verhalen tot een donkere en meeslepende vertelling over seks uitbuiting en afhankelijkheid tegen de achtergrond van het ondergrondse homomilieu in Londen door de tijden heen.

  • Paperback
  • 277 pages
  • Olie op doek
  • Jonathan Kemp
  • Dutch
  • 10 September 2014

10 thoughts on “Olie op doek

  1. KL (Cat) KL (Cat) says:

    Never have I ever read a novel like this one and never do I think I would ever again The feeling upon trailing off from the last word and flipping the page to discover it blank and cold is akin to finishing The Secret History If not for the intrinsic differences that lay in the heart of the books that separate them from each other I would say that both books are similar; but they are fundamentally not so I will stop going down this tempting path and strike one out of my own makingSo Where do I startDespite that Goodreads claims the ebook version is 245 pages long I spent well over 4 hours breaching almost over to 5 reading this book Which is unheard of given that I am a fast reader And at the risk of sounding pretentious I do think that this book is meant to be slowly savoured because it forces you to do so You can not rush this book; you will be incapable of rushing it The prolific beauty that Kemp strings word after word sentence after sentence so that what sits in front of you is not merely a book with a plot and characters and words but uite frankly a product of divine inspiration Like a rich feast laden on the king's table you can gorge but you become full very uickly; thus there is an almost subconscious control that wills you to go over every single word carefully and slowly Breathe it in and savourThis book This book It is explicit and risué dark and dangerous It is almost excessive in its decadence It is gorgeous and heartbreaking and very much gay At this rate I'll be adding an extra hundred words worth of adjectives by praising Kemp with poorly written prose so I suppose I'll have to round it off with that I have printed roughly 20 uotes from the book with the very intention of hanging it in my room I hope that this alone will be sufficient enough in coaxing your interest to at the very least read the book's summary if the above does nothing for youMy main lone criticism is the lack of incepfiction cohesiveness that the summary promises but uite honestly I don't find myself giving a damn compared to what I have received from reading this book

  2. Martin Belcher Martin Belcher says:

    London Triptych is a time spanning novel set in three time periods the 1890’s 1950’s and 1980’s The three narratives are separate stories but subtly intertwinedIn the 1890’s Jack Rose starts his tuition as rent boy with Alfred Taylor and learns to love a life of sex and pleasure servicing his well heeled clients amongst the decadence and hidden world of homosexuality in Victorian London He meets Oscar Wilde during his work and is interestingly brought into his relationshipsIn the 1950’s Colin Read an artist who has a fondness for drawing male nudes and tries his best to hide and suppress his sexuality from his models Eventually his desires lead to ever bold and dangerous liaisonsFinally we meet David in the 1980’s his tale begins with him being in prison and how he ended up there through his exploits as a male prostitute on the London scene and a chance meeting with a beautiful man who he ends up in love with but ultimately this man betrays himThis is a dark but enjoyable novel its vivid portrayal of gay sex and the gay underworld normally hidden from view is startling in its excess and decadence To be honest I don’t think this book is one for straight readers

  3. Cristina Cristina says:

    Love isn't meant to stand still This is one of many key sentences in Jonathan Kemp's wonderfully unsettling London Triptych three stories set in London at three different moments in time that slowly come together through a series of subtle connections and recurrent characters In 1894 Jack Rose recounts his apprenticeship as a rent boy in Alfred Taylor's brothel and his encounter and relationship with Oscar Wilde in the months before the trial that eventually disgraced the poet's life and reputation In the mid 1950s painter Colin Read shy and repressed starts opening up to his sexuality through his meeting with a bold young man who'll be the trigger of a surge in his artistic inspirationIn 1998 David addresses his former lover Jake from prison in a long and painfully honest confession that looks back at his whole life with unblinking precisionOn these apparently simple and bare narratives threads Kemp investigates the vagaries and mysteries of love passion self discovery and sex If Jack and Colin have to hide their sexuality from society David embraces freely a life of hedonism and excess that leaves him drained and cold His arc contrasts nicely with Jack's growing awareness of his feelings and with Colin's outgrowing of the shell where he's exiled himself throughout his life London Triptych is not a novel of major events or seismic emotions it's about small aftershocks and vibrations that slowly shift the characters' perspective on life reassessing their perception of themselves and their environment London itself alive in a throbbing and painful sort of way indifferent glimmering in the night is a mesmerising presence in the book as important as its main characters Kemp underlines the city's importance in the novel's afterword For all three men their experience of London is essentially one of liberation I repeated some locations to give a sense of different memories different events occurring within or upon the same geographical site such as Highgate Cemetery or Barnes Common The three men's lives unfold in a tandem as if simultaneously transcending concrete time It is in that sense very much a triptych The idea of London as a site of liberation really resonated with my own experience of the city despite my different circumstances and life details London Triptych is raw touching and engrossing and it made me discover George Cayford's beautiful drawings Highly recommended

  4. George K. Ilsley George K. Ilsley says:

    Three slices of life at three different times— what could be better Beautifully written and engaging although at times the voices of the three unreliable narrators tend to merge with an omnipotent overseer who lurks here and there in the text That is Kemp was unable to hold himself back at times imposing his own beautiful prose onto his characters instead of developing each of their voices clearly However Kemp is not to be judged too harshly for that and in fact when I finished the book I wanted to read it again And I am sure I will

  5. JOSEPH OLIVER JOSEPH OLIVER says:

    What can I say? It's just a beautiful piece of writing When you read in reviews that each word is `carefully crafted' I think they must have been thinking about this work because I was taken by how many of the descriptions in the book are so well conveyed in a few short colourful intense words I found myself writing them down which I rarely do as I didn't want to interrupt the narrative The plot is well described by others so I won't repeat it but it's the sense of time and place which is so well evoked especially the 1950's which is conveyed in all its claustrophobia The character Colin feels trapped in an open prison which is probably an accurate description of the times One line that did stay with me was when Colin 1950's chose not to pass judgement on his model for his prostitution work as 'he gives up his body for money and pleasure while I give up my soul for money and tedium' Spoken for all civil servants I found the last character the one in the 1990's the least likeable It is a walk through 10 years of gross sexual indulgence prostitution or escort work if you're a man and drug fuelled encounters in the seedy side of London's gay world Never having been in a gay club or even mixed with anyone who freuented them I will take the author's word on the realism It sounds pretty real anyway He tried to link Jack Rose's lifestyle in 1895 with contemporary London or maybe contrast it You decide I doubt you will be disappointed I'm on my third reading in two years which is a record in itself All three lives are subtly interwoven over time and a credit to the writer that he could make the link as they subtly touch hands as it were through the passage of time You will find a 4 page explanation of how the book came to be written and why it is written using three time periods 1895 1950 and 1998 roughly 50 years apart

  6. William William says:

    I really wanted to like this novel which relates the story of three gay Londoners in 1894 1954 and 1998 respectively linked by the pleasures and perils of the capitol But I just didn't The problem is that the author who wrote this while apparently completing his PhD in comparative literature couldn't get out of his own way and prevent his academic work from getting in the way of his fiction There is just too much delight in words for their own sake which especially in the case of the teenage prostitute Jack the protagonist of the 1894 sit oddly with their supposed narrators Matters aren't helped by the author appending a lengthy afterword explaining his literary choices and his meanings The most successful section is probably the 1954 section; the weakest is the 1998 one Like I said I really really wanted to like this but I just couldn't If the author wouldn't have tried so hard to be literary it would have come off so much better

  7. Emmanuelle Maupassant Emmanuelle Maupassant says:

    Jonathan Kemp explores hungers we cannot explain and paints images not only intensely erotic but tender Here in London Triptych he shows us the unfolding of three men’s lives each an unravelling ribbon fluid twisting looking back upon itself Their stories are confessionals inviting us to enter the nocturnal hidden recesses of the psyche Meanwhile London’s shadows and secrets echo those within our protagonists and remind us that we readers too have our untold storiesEach of the tales within the ‘triptych’ takes place primarily in London though separated by five decades We see the details of the setting change while the themes remain eternal our desire for what we cannot articulate; our struggle to express ourselves freely; our eagerness to navigate the ‘geography of possibilities’; our delight in love glorious overwhelming and unexpected; and the vulnerability of that state1890s rent boy Jack Rose falls into an almost unwilling passion for Oscar Wilde leading towards a path of disappointment and betrayal 1950s artist Colin tentatively explores his sexuality against a backdrop of prudery and prejudice In the 1990s David awaits release from prison telling of the lover who deceived himWith each interchanging narrative we learn of each protagonist’s history and motivations and we see the ways in which their stories resemble one other They do not go in search of love Rather it surprises them catching them off guard They experience transcendence and then misery a change in their worldviewSex is central to the story an enduring irresistible force with or without love It is the engine driving each of our narrators to discover a version of the ‘self’ yet out of reachJack Rose tells us ‘I became a whore in order not to find myself but to lose myself in the dense forest of that name’However love is the transformative emotion Love enervates and destroys bringing ultimate joy and torture We are shown its ability to shed light on our restricted repetitive pathsKemp explores what it has meant to be homosexual in a world which views those desires as dangerously inverted and shows us the tension between pleasure and danger when there are ‘no laws but those of the body’‘When you can be free free to pursue any desire acuire any knowledge it’s the most terrifying place to live It’s dangerously beautiful’As ever Kemp’s storytelling goes beyond action and conseuence or the clever use of dialogue to reveal character or the exploration of eternal themes His talent lies in his use of language probing words for their secrets for their ‘blood beat’ for their ability to reveal ‘meaning held within the contours of the skin’ He returns again and again to the inadeuacy of language to express the erotic truths of the body the ‘cannibal animal hunger’ of desire And yet he as few authors can animates the ‘universal language of lust written on the body and spoken by the eyes and fingers’He shows us that sex can take us to other destinations within the ‘self’ as if ‘opening doors that lead to other corridors and other doors’ ‘I am here without knowing how Suddenly terrifyingly present Here now lost and hot’Meanwhile London itself embodies the elusive enchanting paradox of existence It is a place of anonymity and simultaneous intimacy; London is the unseen legion faced and thus faceless listener inviting the narrators to share their secrets It is a place of judgment all three stories bring to bear the presence of the law and prospective punishment for homosexual transgression and of liberation It is a place of contradictions just as we are contradictory

  8. Bookmuseuk Bookmuseuk says:

    This is Jonathan Kemp's debut novel and is a fascinating insight into gay history over the last 100 years Whether you are straight or gay it is an absorbing read The characters are well rounded human beings with their strengths and imperfections The book is set in London and links the lives of Jack from 1895 Colin in 1954 and David in 1998Jack is a rent boy with few inhibitions He lives a life of hedonism and adventurous sex meeting men from all classes in suppressed Victorian society notably the soon to be famous Oscar WildeColin is an aspiring artist He lives in the asceticism of post war London and is filled with self doubt and self loathing He tentatively explores his sexuality as he prepares for his most ambitious painting yet London TriptychDavid is also a rent boy constantly seeking his next sexual high among the drug partying crowds of the 90sThe three stories are intertwined from chapter to chapter in a series of apparently disparate episodes It is only at the end that Kemp provides the surprising link between themThis is a compelling read a real page turner Kemp challenges his characters by throwing them at events and then watching them flounder and flail It betrays their weaknesses and makes them real and three dimensional Too often in gay fiction authors resort to stereotypes This book is a commentary on the changes to the lives of gay men over the last one hundred years and an insight into Kemp’s own views on gay men and loveFrom a writer’s point of view it is a book that makes you stop and think not just about the observations Kemp makes but also about his prose style and his chosen structure The book is ambitious and a very good first novel Well worth reading

  9. Jack Jack says:

    OK one from my Major Gay Authors category Kemp's book is NOT for most mainstream readers; he explores the dark underworld of rent boys across three generations of London 1895 the footloose Jack Rose will do anything and anyone to escape the grinding poverty of his East London slum and discovers the far lusher life of serving as object of desire to lords politicians and even Oscar Wilde By 1954 a severe crackdown has led to a far closeted world in which a budding painter's fears of recrimination has trapped him in a stifled existence His latest model opens his eyes and much In the swirling hedonism of 1998 anyone with a mobile can begin an anonymous trade; what fells this hero is falling in loveThe stories are terrifically engaging; each time period is swiftly yet fully realized They are uite risue; I was reading this during a flight and half feared that my neighbor would think I was reading porn on the plane

  10. Rafael Rafael says:

    There's no need for gay literature to be so Gay Obvious inconseuential and boring

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