|Posted on April 11, 2011 at 9:30 AM|
Teleny & Camille
by Jon Macy
Published by Northwest Press
A beautiful gay love story adapted by Jon Macy from the novel Teleny, attributed to Oscar Wilde and his circle of writers and poets.
Camille, a wealthy young gentleman in Victorian London, falls in love with the handsome and mesmerizing pianist Teleny. While Teleny performs on stage, the two star-crossed lovers discover they share a psychic link in the form of an erotic vision. While Camille struggles to resist his homosexuality Teleny is being pursued by others. After telepathically witnessing the erotic encounters Teleny has with both sexes, Camille attempts suicide. Teleny rescues Camille physically and emotionally with his rapturous love forsaking all others. In this newfound happiness Camille tries to forget that Teleny owes much of his success to the generosity of the women who desire him.
240 pages. 7″x10″. Black and white interiors, color cover with gold ink and gloss coating.
Finalist for the 2010 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Erotica!
Review by PD Houston:
Thanks to Northwest Press for sharing this book for review. First thing you notice about this book is the beautiful cover design. It's a stunning cover, and I love it's design. Upon reading it doesn't take long before you realize why this book was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Erotic. While I didn't read this in one sitting, it was hard to put it down, it reads that good. Having never read "Teleny" by Oscar Wilde, the book this comic is based on, I have no idea how faithful or how much artistic license was taken with that book, but if the book is as good as this graphic novel was I will be on the lookout for it.
In my opinion you don't have to be gay or a gay man to read this book. Maybe being a gay man you might find more pleasure in the story itself, but overall a good book is a good book no matter the genre. Sure the many illustrations of naked men and giant penis's appearing in the book may set off the alarms of society's moral boundries, but underneath the copious amounts of sex and nudity is a quality story. A love story.
While Teleny & Camille's love story is something of the idealistic nature, it's such a beautiful story that you can't help being entranced by it all. Jon Macy did an amazing job of introducing the characters and the premise and then taking us on a ride of love and sex that can only be true in stories, but in all it was a great book. I really enjoyed it.
Author Jon Macy's art while not of the highest quality, got better as the book went along. He shined particularly in the love making scenes or the fantastical visions and dreams the two characters had. Jon Macy's good at what this book needed most.
If you like romance books, pick this up. If you're an Oscar Wilde fan, this book is a must. And if you're neither of those things, pick this up because it's a unique book and I highly doubt we will see a book of this quality in this kind of genre for a long time.