The Hardbody Chronicles: A Roman a Clef (英語) ペーパーバック – 2012/4/2
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In a world where every desire can easily be fulfilled, life is a luxurious escapade of excess and indulgence. Follow the exploits of eight gay men, who become four infamous couples, as their lives humorously intersect and tragically intertwine against the backdrop of the international gay party scene. These four couples scheme, maneuver, and struggle their way through a star-studded world virtually unknown to those on the outside. The HardBody Chronicles captures the zeitgeist of that moment and unveils the glamour and absurdity that enveloped it. From Miamis stunning White Party to the inferno of naked flesh at the Black Party, from the 24-hour clubs of Ibiza to the joyous Morning Party on Fire Island, it was a time to celebrate life.
We were there in the mid-1990s as both witnesses and instigators. It was a transformative moment in the evolution of the gay community, culminating with the celebration of Stonewall 25. The HardBody Chronicles is a roman a clef, a fictionalized retelling of actual events from those times - Jake Smyth & Luca Barbieri - Contact: JakeAndLuca@aol.com - Follow The HardBody Chronicles on Facebook
It took you back to a time when men of a certain physic celebrated life and its many pleasures to the extreme. It was the birth of the famous circuit parties - and the beautiful men who indulged in sex and drugs unlike anytime before or after. For those who knew this period, this book will make you laugh, smile, and maybe cry. It is a bittersweet piece of history - served up beautifully by Smyth and Barbieri.
For everyone else it is an intense story filed with sex, drama, excitement and self-discovery. It is a book everyone with an interest in the gay-life style of the 1990s must read - and for those looking for a great beach-read, it is that too, and so much more.
And, throughout illustrated with elegant and sexy photographs by the celebrated photographer Jeff Palmer - that adds an intense erotic realization of what the authors describe so vividly.
They call their book a "roman a clef" for it is not strictly autobiographical but based on factual events, people, places, and things that took place of which they were active participants and observers. Observe they did, and they wrote about it all in deliciously descriptive prose leaving no doubt about who was doing what to whom, where, why, and when. It covers not just the "high" points but also the very heavy price that some paid for experiencing the pleasures being offered. No cost was spared to produce these extravagant parties. But there was a high price paid by many for loosing their common sense once immersed in this seemingly endless flow of beautiful men, unlimited quantities of food, liquor, and illicit drugs.
It's a very moving story told by two men who experienced it all and lived to tell about it capturing a moment in time the likes of which we'll never see again.