This week’s review is Adam’s Breed by Radclyffe Hall. One of my favorite ways to rest is by curling up with a good book. Like movies and music, all genres appeal to me, and I give all books a chance to be ‘heard’!
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Adam’s Breed by Radclyffe Hall
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Radclyffe Hall delivers another spectacular work of literature in her novel, Adam’s Breed. With a natural aptitude for writing, Hall shares a story that we will look upon with tender eyes and receive with an open mind to the beauty she puts before us.
Gian-Luca is loved by nearly everyone who knows him and receives him with open arms. Since his mother died giving birth to him and his father remains unknown, his grandparents take him into their home. Together with the rest of the clan of Italian immigrants living on Old Compton Street in England, Gian-Luca is raised to be a well-rounded boy who has a love of books but is quite lonely in all aspects.
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Set in the early 1900s, the story follows him from birth through adulthood where he works hard for his grandparents in their deli then later for the restaurant, the Capo, as a waiter. There he learns about love and how to serve others with efficiency and diligence. His reputation of being the hardest worker precedes him to Millo, the well-respected owner of the posh fine-dining restaurant, the Doric.
At the Doric, Gian-Luca learns what it means to persuade diners in all things food and wine. He manages his dining area with prestige and is quickly elevated to the status of the head-waiter. All the while he serves, he meets Maddelena and they soon marry.
Despite his status and nuptials, he is lonely. He suffers greatly and begins to despise who he has come to serve in the restaurant. Through these diners, he realizes with great dismay the downfalls of society and how much beauty is overlooked which surrounds us. Becoming thoroughly depressed, he sets out on a journey to find fulfillment. To find a place where he belongs. Somewhere away from the savagery of human and closer to that of nature.
Much like her other novel, ‘The Well of Loneliness’, Hall makes us love the main character of this novel. With tenderness for character and reader, Hall shares Gian-Luca’s life in a delicate way that greatly appeals to our emotions. Through this intimacy, we cannot help but love what he loves, fear what he fears, and long for what he longs. Surly a story you won’t forget and would want to read again.
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