Stewart, Angus Sandel

ISBN 13: 9780090860203

9780090860203: Sandel

Set in 1960s Oxford, 'Sandel' tells the story of a love affair between an undergraduate (David Rogers), and a cathedral choir boy (Antony Sandel).
Tony Sandel beautiful, provocative, mischievous, sensitive and sometimes overwhelmed by the intensity of his own feelings bewitches Rogers. Both are talented musicians, and Sandel's astonishing voice, which Rogers explores as his accompanist at the transient moment of glory which precedes it breaking, is soon central to the relationship.
Sensual, profound, often funny and never sentimental, Stewart provides a definitive analysis of same-sex love in the context of a relationship that puts sex in its place and reveals love as the one agent of the human condition that can set us free.
Written in the 1960s in the wake of the Wolfenden Report, when being gay was an offence punishable by imprisonment, this remarkable book finds its place again at the latest stage in the emancipation process, putting love back on the agenda as campaigners present their case to be allowed to marry.
The setting of the novel in an Oxford college and the well-observed description of life in an English prep-school short trousers, boats on the river, afternoon tea and cricket before Evensong - along with the stylistic quality of the writing, places 'Sandel' in a tradition made famous by Evelyn Waugh ('Decline and Fall' and 'Brideshead Revisited'). There are echoes too of E M Forster's 'Maurice', the novel of same-sex love kept by Forster for publication until after his death in 1970.
'Sandel' became formative reading for a generation of boys growing up in the 1970s who knew their feelings fell outside the heterosexual male stereotype. Stephen Fry, a teenager at the time, lists Angus Stewart among those who opened his eyes to his homosexual identity, alongside Oscar Wilde, Gide, Genet, Auden, Orton, Norman Douglas, Ronald Firbank, H. Montgomery Hyde, and Roger Peyrefitte.
'Sandel' is not only a gay cult novel, but its cult status raised prices on Amazon to hundreds of dollars a copy in America and ultimately in the UK to £1,965 a copy in 2013 before this edition was published.

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'Here is a controlled and beautifully written love story . . . this is a superb stylistic feat.' --NEW STATESMAN

'Mr Stewart has really succeeded with this young character, and in depicting a love which truly exists and is not despicable.' --SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

'The writing is always intelligent, its sensual quality surprisingly beautiful.' --THE TIMES

Set in the 1960s in an Oxford college, when being gay was still an offence punishable by imprisonment, 'Sandel' tells the story of a love affair between an undergraduate (David Rogers), and a cathedral choir boy (Tony Sandel).

Tony - beautiful, provocative, mischievous, sensitive and sometimes overwhelmed by the intensity of his own feelings - bewitches David. Both are talented musicians, and Tony's astonishing voice, which David explores as his accompanist at the transient moment of glory which precedes it breaking, is soon central to the relationship.

Sensual, profound, often funny and never sentimental, Stewart provides a definitive analysis of same-sex love in the context of a relationship that puts sex in its place and reveals love as the one agent of the human condition that can set us free.

The setting of Sandel and the well-observed description of life in an English choir-school - short trousers, boats on the river, afternoon tea and cricket before Evensong - along with the stylistic quality of the writing, place it in a tradition made famous by Evelyn Waugh (Decline and Fall, Brideshead Revisited).

The writer Stephen Fry lists Sandel alongside the works of Oscar Wilde, Gide, Genet, Auden, Baldwin, Orton, who opened his eyes to his homosexual identity as a teenager.

Now this classic novel is also what the Times newspaper has described as 'an unnervingly vivid play', written by Glenn Chandler.

Review:

'Here is a controlled and beautifully written love story . . . this is a superb stylistic feat.' --New Statesman

'Mr Stewart has really succeeded with this young character, and in depicting a love which truly exists and is not despicable.' --The Sunday Telegraph

'The writing is always intelligent, its sensual quality surprisingly beautiful.' --The Times

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