Trafford Publishing presents: Strano

Strano by Trafford Publishing author Eamon Mathews

Strano by Trafford Publishing author Eamon Mathews

With any book, a key quality to its success, is its ability stand out from the millions of other titles that have been published up to date. Trafford Publishing author Ai??amon Mathews has done just this by producing his thought provoking and somewhat non-conventional book titled Strano, meaning strange, odd or queer in Italian. Strano delves into the Christian homosexuality as it follows Damienai??i??s quest to uncover raw gay love. Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??


This is a book that had to be written. Its protagonists are so passionate about being honourably gay and honourably Christian that the ai???neutralai??i?? reader is compulsively drawn into the story. The novel, Strano (Italian for ai???strangeai??i??, ai???oddai??i??, ai???queerai??i??) offers a unique insight into bright young Irishman Damienai??i??s world, his mentality and sensibility, his quirks and fancies, above all his relentless struggle to find innocent gay love.

The characters are relatively few but finely drawn. One is quickly fascinated by the protagonist, Damien, by his mature monk-mentor, the sympathetic Dom Ferdia who provides a journal account Cheap stromectol ivermectin (a fresh counter-perspective) of his experience of Damien as a novice, also by Damienai??i??s tranny-pal, Tia Maria, in London. Sad but never morbid, the story is redeemed by a subtle and pervasive streak of black humour. One reviewer (Kirkus) describes it as ai???a fun, rewarding romp powdered by life, love, and the honest, determined pursuit of identityai???.

Not in the populist stakes, this novel is a reflective and literary piece, as much Buy essays about tolerance, morality and personal identity, as about our conditioning (social and religious), and the extent to which we construct who we are. Damien forages his way through our usual packaging into gays and straights to reach an emotional truth that transcends sexual desire. He wanders about a lot in what lies around under ai???loveai??i??.

Set mainly in the 1980s and 90s, the opening section is a coming-out story. The Cheap dehumidifier cannabis rest tells of Damienai??i??s struggle for love in the context of his obsession with the Catholic faith, for which, however, his condition is anathema. The narrative proceeds to unveil the unsuspected difficulties experienced by a young gay man at various stages and at different levels – of understanding, feeling and sensibility. It reveals the rugged social, psychological, moral and religious dilemmas that exercise him. What you have here is an informed, compassionate and humane read about what many find to be a mysterious alternative attempt to be honourably sexual. Guaranteed to offend some comfortable prejudices, the story nevertheless manages to ai???normaliseai??i?? the experience of being gay.

Damien has a love-story to tell and a point to make about Christian morality. The obvious polemic which tracks the narrative throughout never overshadows a good story. Damien is afraid of sex, yet his every molecule craves it; and that tension between denial and desire fuels Strano to the end.

One reviewer comments on such ai???surprisingly deft writingai??? in a dAi??but novel; with ai???phrases and descriptions that suggest the voice of a gifted stylistai??? (Blueink); while another finds the writing remarkably mature and assured as if speaking with authority.


Trafford Publishing Author’s Corner hope this piece has spawned your desire to rush out and grab a copy of Eamon Mathews’ unique book Strano. We will be back soon. Before we return, why not join Trafford Publishing on Facebook. Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??

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