The Arena of the Unwell

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The Arena of the Unwell

The Arena of the Unwell

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How did you ground your work in the setting while also making it inviting to those unfamiliar with the terrain explored? He soon falls into the arms of Dylan, the cheeky, charming local barman Noah’s never quite had the courage to approach, who takes him back to his flat. Though I recognized that he was wrestling with a number of issues and has the common self-centredness of the young, I grew annoyed with him as a character and how he refuses any opportunities to positively change his situation. As for grounding, I spent a lot of time in Camden in my first few years in London – I lived there and I worked there, and we usually went to the pub in either Camden or Kentish Town as well. It still works, because Noah is so vivid and on one level, Noah’s difficulties make him self-absorbed.

As much as anything else, The Arena is a coming-of-age story, as we watch Noah try to support himself and figure out how he wants his relationships to be. Not only that, but two of them aren’t actually from 2022, only first published in the UK in 2022, which I’ve decided to count on a whim. This amount includes seller specified domestic postage charges as well as applicable international postage, dispatch, and other fees. People recoil and the shifting currents push everyone else closer together as she tracks blood through the first few rows. The Arena of the Unwell is a gritty and exhilarating exploration of loneliness and longing, obsession and jealousy, queerness and male intimacy.

Moreover, there's a kind of pretension about how he withdraws from society where he admits “I am 'convalescing'. I hope it’s a good one, and that it connects with people and makes them feel things, but I’m not trying to teach anyone.

I would definitely read more by Konemann and when I next feel like getting emotionally sucker-punched I will be giving this a re-read for sure. I started reading it immediately (not for any great impatience but rather convenience) and I read over half in one sitting; I finished it off the next day. because there is someone out there, someone you've never even met, who understands you so utterly and who has not only survived-just like you hope to-but has also made some kind of sense of the completely senseless.And, I’ll preface this by saying I KNOW depression/anxiety are crippling and they may not be ‘a good reason’ but in a novel… I need a bit more of him helping himself otherwise the character doesn’t come across as sympathetic, only whiny. For Noah, the songs of Smiling Politely feel like they were written for him, as do songs by the few indie singers who are queer. Before he’s even halfway across Claire jumps into the crowd, bass guitar still slung around her neck. I could empathise with Noah the protagonist’s mentality and mental health to an extent, and thought the way the author interspersed chapters with excerpts relating to his favourite band, ‘Smiling Politely’ (whose fates and fortunes join and juxtapose with his own), achieved a poignant pay-off. Noah becomes wholly consumed by their relationship, to the point where he compromises himself to belong with them.

by Eric Raglin – Such a fresh way of viewing both body horror and the whole world of fitness, with a really diverse set of sports, characters, and takes on the brief. While music is an undeniable component in Noah’s narrative, Smiling Politely serve a rather underwhelming function in the story. Noah becomes entangled in their very toxic relationship but soon finds his attraction to Dylan shifting to Fraser.The indie music scene serves as a backdrop to Konemann’s troubling character study, which really adds to the novel’s edgy atmosphere. but it was interesting nonetheless to be introduced into this scene and industry, and what better to do it than through a queer narrative.

Songs you can inhabit, and listen to on auto-repeat for every nuance and interplay between Jo’s astonishing voice, Rob’s gorgeously hissy fit guitar and the solid underpinnings of Simon and Caz’s bass n drum structures. After a comeback concert turns violent, he runs into barman Dylan, who he has been crushing on from afar, and photographer Fraser, who comes with Dylan everywhere. All the while, his NHS therapy hours are dwindling, and his job is becoming increasingly precarious. The Arena of the Unwell already feels like it belongs to a bygone era of indie sleaze, and is all the better for it.

A lot of fiction I read this year was good, but not so good as to be one of my top books, so it is quite a brief list this year.

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