Alligator Playground by Alan Sillitoe

By Alan Sillitoe

From one in all England’s maximum residing writers comes a suite of exquisitely shaped tales set in life’s nice playground.

Relationships – clandestine and bonafide – are the subject matter: boorish chaps and their stalwart ladies ululate and hum; marriages and infidelities tick-tock and tick over; Fitzrovian ardour flares; powerful males flip to drink. Love, intercourse, loss, are captured in Mr Sillitoe’s inimitable style.

As good because the normal subject of the union of the sexes, we've encouraged insights into delivery, boyhood, bereavement and aloneness in a set of completely narrated observations, during which the reader participates in each one impressive adventure.

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Ebullient ardor is no good for it. . ” Four centuries later, the philosopher Bertrand Russell saw marriage solely as an institution for raising children, and he opined that sexual passion for one’s spouse interfered with this primary obligation. The prevalence of casual sex outside of committed relationships and the diminished or total absence of sex within them are considered by many gay men to be not only a normal response to being in a couple but to benefit these relationships. McWhirter and Mattison suggest that sex with others helps a relationship by reestablishing the healthy autonomy of the partners.

Because Gerald did not enjoy sex with strangers, he seldom sought outside sexual contacts, but he was increasingly lonely and found himself spending more and more time with friends or at work. Though he eventually told his partner that the relationship was “not working,” he continued to deny that he was in any way jealous of Hal’s sexual adventures. Although their relationship was, for many reasons, not a good or a happy one, it was, we later discovered, mainly to avoid acknowledging and confronting the pain of his chronic and intense jealousy that Gerald decided to ask Hal to leave.

They appreciate the love of friends but now find that their friends have their own preoccupations, sometimes including partners, and cannot provide the consistent love and attention that they long for. They become increasingly aware of the anxiety and the pain of loneliness and more apprehensive about aging and rejection. They also worry about their mortality and future illness. It is in their forties that most gay men grow to understand that only a lasting loving relationship with another man will provide them with a sense of selfworth and ultimate happiness.

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