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5.0 von 5 Sternen It's still true.
I picked this book up last night and couldn't stop reading. I thought mine was a unique journey, but it's not. Mr. Tobias has already been there - about twenty five years ago. If you have a similar background - WASP, upper middle class upbringing, sports oriented - you'll likely find yourself in this book. Sure, he disparages other types of gay men, but that's...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Andrew Tobias is a poor model of what it means to be gay.
What a shame the Chicago Tribune calls this "Reid's
honest...story," when nothing could be further
from the truth. Yes, when I was coming out, I read this book and thought, "Hey, I am like
that too - a doctor, an Eagle Scout, a Navy
Lieutenant, etc." As I continued to grow up, I
discovered that Andrew Tobias, the...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Andrew Tobias is a poor model of what it means to be gay., 6. August 1997
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Best Little Boy in the World (Taschenbuch)
What a shame the Chicago Tribune calls this "Reid's
honest...story," when nothing could be further
from the truth. Yes, when I was coming out, I read this book and thought, "Hey, I am like
that too - a doctor, an Eagle Scout, a Navy
Lieutenant, etc." As I continued to grow up, I
discovered that Andrew Tobias, the closeted
homosexual who used the pseudonym "John Reid",
had it all wrong. We don't do all those things so
the people we love will respect us when they find
out we are gay. We do all those things because we
still haven't learned how to love ourselves.
Coming out is not about others accepting you, it's
about accepting yourself. "John Reid" needs to
write a second volume, about Andrew Tobias.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Dated, but still relevant, 11. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Best Little Boy in the World (Taschenbuch)
I read this book about 10 years ago while struggling with my own sexual identity and found it helpful to see others going through the same thing. I re-read it recently and found how much more I could relate to it now, then I could then. Some of the story is a bit dated now, showing gay life and the closet in the late 60's and early 70's when society had a different view of homosexuality and it's openness. Also, I found the author to be a bit more self-critical than I would like - maybe it's the liberal use of the pejorative "faggot" which today can be used within the gay community much like the "n-word" in the black community, but at the time of writing was still the major insult and put down.
That said, much of his struggles, both internal and external, are still very relevant. It gives a good view into the head of someone who has to go through realization, and acceptance of who they are, and their role in relation to those they love. It's a very real and truthful account, not full of reminiscent rosiness, but of reality. While the author never suffered major setbacks due to his seuxal identity, he always planned for the worst, and that is good to see and lends relevance to today, where despite best wishes, setbacks and more do happen as we all come out.
The book is even more interesting when followd up by the sequel "The Best Little Boy In The World Grows Up" where in the first chapters, Tobias returns to his book 15 years later, removes a lot of the veils of secrecy (he described Harvard, not Yale as in the book, etc.) and where he has gone in the years since. The pair of books make a very good 'Then and Now' pair.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It's still true., 30. Januar 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Best Little Boy in the World (Taschenbuch)
I picked this book up last night and couldn't stop reading. I thought mine was a unique journey, but it's not. Mr. Tobias has already been there - about twenty five years ago. If you have a similar background - WASP, upper middle class upbringing, sports oriented - you'll likely find yourself in this book. Sure, he disparages other types of gay men, but that's what's so honest - he's telling you how he really feels, whether it's p.c. or not. Too many books about coming out tell you some perfect version of how you should feel.
My story is very much like this one, a long struggle within myself, a lot of dodging (the story about faking hookups with girls in college hit so close that my hands started shaking, as did the sinking feeling after college when everyone starts pairing up and getting married). Sure some things have changed since the 1970s, but a whole lot has not. The emotions and coping mechanisms for someone like myself are all still the same.
Coming out (recently) has been a struggle, mostly within myself. This book, since I relate to the author's socioeconomic background, carried a charge of recognition like nothing I've ever read before. This book has given me the hope to keep moving forward.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An honest account of growing up gay & struggling to come out, 15. Mai 1997
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Best Little Boy in the World (Taschenbuch)
When reading this book, I was amazed at how similar it is to my own life. The author tells of growing up in a middle class family, striving to be the best and winning his parents love. Meanwhile, he is struggling with his own life. Discovering who, and what he is. He takes the reader on an intimate ride into his past, but the intimacy is only in knowing that no one is alone. There are others out there that are feeling the same things. Going through the same troubles as you.
In the end it leaves the reader with a better understanding of at least the "gay community" if not the reader personally. Everyone should read this book, as it might help to understand the innermost feelings of a young gay man and the fight to admit that he is different. And different is special.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A wonderfully contemporary novel, 17. November 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Best Little Boy in the World (Taschenbuch)
I found this book to be one of the most insightful and helpful books I have ever read. Although Mr. Tobias (aka John Reid) came out in the 70's, when it was far less safe or politically correct to do so, many of his emotions and internal struggles remain true to young people who are today struggling with their identies. Although at times Mr. Tobias has a tendancy to ramble in his writing, this only adds to the book's charm. It is a must read for gay and straight people alike. For the former it teaches that they are not alone in their sturggles, for the latter it teaches acceptance and understanding. It is truly a modern classic about a subject much too rarely discussed.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Worked in the 70's ... but now??, 14. März 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Best Little Boy in the World (Taschenbuch)
My 2nd reading, after nearly eighteen years. I'm not sure how this can be called a novel, as it is so obviously the autobiography of Mr. Tobias, under the pen name of John Reid. It is insightful concerning the thought patterns of small children who grow up knowing they are somehow different, but I found his intolerance for gay people in general, when that is what he is aspiring to, to be irritating and downright obnoxious. He is dreadfully afraid of being associated with anyone who doesn't fit his idea of the perfect gay man: collegiate, handsome, white.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Probably a good first book for teenagers., 11. Januar 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Andrew Tobias may have been the best little boy in the world, but he is certainly not the best writer in the world. This book is, however, humorously written, and is not sexually explicit, so that it would make a good "primer" on gay life. (At least I am supposing this, as I am not gay myself.) I believe there are far better books describing gay life, but this book does not intimidate as others might.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen SOME OF YOUR NEIGHBORS, BEST FRIENDS, ETC. ARE GAY!, 15. September 1998
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Best Little Boy in the World (Taschenbuch)
BLBITW is a gift. Thank you "John Reid" aka Andrew Tobias. Just when you think you are the only one, a book like this comes along and provides comfort. It's OK to be gay and, most often, it is NOT a personal choice as the heterosexual MASS MEDIA would have us beleive.
The narrative is at once compassionate and roaringly funny.
You are not alone.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I just finished reading this book and it's a classic!, 23. Oktober 1999
Von Ein Kunde
This is the kind of work that will remain in American literary culture forever. It's almost kaleidescopic view of Tobias' past, present and future makes the work insightful, artistic, and meaningful to anyone who reads it. TBLBITW is entirely universal in its ability to practicaly appeal to many audiences and that is what will keep it read and reread for decades to come.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An essential read for those coming out., 26. Januar 1998
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Best Little Boy in the World (Taschenbuch)
When I came out in 1991, it was this book I picked up off the bookshelf to begin exploring gay literature. It is a witty and painful exploration of Andrew Tobias's struggle to grow up and come out. I think most young gay men will recognize a bit of themselves in the narrator as he struggles to be a successful gay man in spite of society's as well as his own homophobia.
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