Aside from Colin and Ray, the book does also delve into other topics, such as the rife homophobia of the 1970s, Colin’s relationship with his parents, and general musings on society and the state of the world, which I found to be interesting and compelling.
8.1Wild, Life-affirming, Unique
Title: Box Hill
Author: Adam Mars-Jones
TW: Death, Explicit Descriptions of Submission/Domination Sex
This was a short and different book, and while I don’t think I enjoyed every single word. I can say hand on heart, that I would read more from Adam Mars-Jones. This also being my first Fitzcarraldo edition, it’s good to get an insight into the books they publish, and has made me hungry for more!
Subtitled “A Story of Low Self-esteem”, Box Hill is a wild ride I can tell you that. I’m not even sure I know how I feel about this book. On the one hand. it felt borderline like a tale of Stockholm Syndrome but on the other hand, I can’t stop thinking about it. If you’ve ever read or watched an Alan Bennett monologue, think of that and then add graphic descriptions of domination sex and you just about have Box Hill. With no chapters, or ways to break the book up, I really loved how the entire book was essentially one long stream of consciousness with basically no dialogue and everything from Colin’s perspective – I even think Mars-Jones could have gone the whole hog and included no dialogue at all.
“Maybe any two people, every two people, have one thing in common, one thing at the least,”