ManBug

George K. Ilsley

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ManBug

ManBug The first novel by George K Ilsley whose first story collection Random Acts of Hatred was published to acclaim in Told in dream like fragments ManBug unfolds as a love story between Sebastian

  • Title: ManBug
  • Author: George K. Ilsley
  • ISBN: 9781551522036
  • Page: 454
  • Format: Paperback
  • The first novel by George K Ilsley, whose first story collection, Random Acts of Hatred, was published to acclaim in 2004 Told in dream like fragments, ManBug unfolds as a love story between Sebastian, an entomologist with Asperger s Syndrome, and Tom, a spiritual bisexual who may or may not be recruiting Sebastian for a cult They navigate their relationship as damagedThe first novel by George K Ilsley, whose first story collection, Random Acts of Hatred, was published to acclaim in 2004 Told in dream like fragments, ManBug unfolds as a love story between Sebastian, an entomologist with Asperger s Syndrome, and Tom, a spiritual bisexual who may or may not be recruiting Sebastian for a cult They navigate their relationship as damaged goods, seeking meaning and value in themselves through the other they also try to avoid the inevitable toxins around them, both real and imagined like bugs avoiding insecticide while asking the question, Just how much poison can any of us absorb ManBug is a beguiling, tragicomic novel about beauty, horror, desire, and what lurks just beneath the skin.

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    1. Joe on said:

      Sebastian is a gay entomologist with Asperger Syndrome. Tom is a dyslexic bisexual and (nominally) Buddhist. ManBug is the nickname Tom accidentally gives Sebastian (he meant to say BugMan). ManBug the novel is the story of their relationship. The novel is written in the third person, but it is obviously filtered through the mind of Sebastian. The story of their relationship is told in short chapters which read like ethereal wisps of stories. There is a story here, and despite the light feeling [...]

    2. Théo on said:

      The writing was pretty great, I like the simple and fragmented style, and the story itself was pretty nice and cute at first, but there's so much stereotyping about bisexual men going on, urgh (especially with that ending). I really connected a lot with Sebastian, though.

    3. George Ilsley on said:

      This book still makes me laugh. I have a great capacity to forget things, so there are surprises galore as I re-read bits and pieces.

    4. Kate O'Hanlon on said:

      Gosh how disappointing.I adored this book so much that I read it in one sitting. The narrative voice was strange, and wonderful and at times utterly delightful. I got sucked in to this strange love affair between a 'gay etymologist' and a 'dyslexic bisexual.'I didn't totally like Tom, I was more concerned by his somewhat predatory encounters and his cultism than his bisexuality and I blithely assumed that the narrative would prove me right.It didn't.I think that if Tom had just left Sebastian fo [...]

    5. Corey on said:

      This quick and dirty plot summary makes the whole of ManBug seem precariously twee, an exercise in quirks and idiosyncrasies, and indeed the duo are spectacularly unique in oddball ways, in particular Sebastian’s additional experiencing of synesthesia, a condition wherein he sees colours in reaction to sounds or words. It’s to Ilsley’s immense credit that ManBug, a novel without a noticeable plot, reads not as overly-precocious experimental fiction, but rather as a funny, sexy, and surpris [...]

    6. Martin on said:

      Loved it!!! Presenting two of the most peculiar characters I've met in Literature so farI can offer a paraphrase of 'match made in Heavens' to 'match made in the bugs inhibited labyrinthic Underground' - the latter summarizing the book for me. Mind you: a book that can hardly be summarized, soe paraphrase is just a perceptional idea after closing up the book; one of many such ideas I have about it.

    7. Dasha on said:

      What original, peculiar, and charming characters! I loved this book. Some of the sexual details went on slightly too long for me, but this is definitely a very memorable read. I loved its sad and happy and somewhat unclear (due to Asperger's) tones throughout, and the insightful connection between insects and humans.

    8. Lil' Grogan on said:

      An interesting, charming voice. The mix of humour, lurking fears, eroticism, obsessions, and bugs gave an interesting peek into the relationship between Sebastian and Tom. Lot of writing was poetic and rhythmic. Some parts were a little trite, but overall I was kept laughing and I liked the development of Sebastian (and his view of the world through colours).

    9. Tim on said:

      Such an refreshingly honest book written through the lens of an autistic gay man and a dyslexic bisexual man (and their relationship). There is no plot, just insights into life that that an older guy can identify with and a younger man can learn from.

    10. Enrique on said:

      Repetitive, boring, focuses on an aspect of natural sciences the author does not know about beyond and tries to use is a witty metaphor for interpersonal relationships but miserably fails. His earlier short stories (collection) were inconsistent and flippant, but their variety was bearable as a couple were almost good. Reading this is just a waste of time.

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