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Loaded Ari feels very much alone in the world, a Greek immigrant, unemployed and struggling with his sexuality That is to say he has a same sex attraction but his friends and family would never approve of that In Christos Tsiolkas normally overlooked Loaded we follow Ari through his struggles as an outsider in this autobiographical novel.Christos Tsiolkas is a critically acclaimed author with books like Barracuda and my personal favourite The Slap It is a shame that his debut novel Loaded just does Ari feels very much alone in the world, a Greek immigrant, unemployed and struggling with his sexuality That is to say he has a same sex attraction but his friends and family would never approve of that In Christos Tsiolkas normally overlooked Loaded we follow Ari through his struggles as an outsider in this autobiographical novel.Christos Tsiolkas is a critically acclaimed author with books like Barracuda and my personal favourite The Slap It is a shame that his debut novel Loaded just doesn t get the attention it deserves Was this published at the wrong time I remember the nineties as a time where homosexuality was thought of as disgusting granted I was still in high school in a small backwards country town but I couldn t imagine what it would be like for someone that actually was struggling with their sexuality.What little I know about Tsiolkas, I ve come to the conclusion that Loaded was a reflection of his own struggles living in Melbourne with a traditional Greek family that expects so much from you They went through all the effort to move to Australia in the hopes for a better life the least you can do is make the most of it Do well in school, get a good job, marry and have kids What if this isn t part of your plan How would your parents react to this news I had to read this book for university, right after studying Joseph Conrad s Heart of Darkness so I ve naturally made some connections between the two Marlowe and Ari are very similar in the sense they both are outsiders, though one deals with this during colonial times and the other is a post colonial take Without going too much into the parody of Heart of Darkness, because my mind has really made some interesting connections some are probably a stretch The different ways the two protagonists Heart of Darkness and Loaded are portrayed as loners in a world that doesn t feel like home were done in interesting ways.The whole sense of belonging is a huge part in Loaded even the way Christos Tsiolkas talks about Melbourne is done as a parody In Tsiolkas s Melbourne people are divided into different cliques, much like a diverse multi cultural city, but there is also are separation into the north, south, east and west This is interesting to see the separation of power, wealth, religion and culture sure this normally happens in a normal city, each suburb seems to be stereotyped as a good or bad neighbourhood In Loaded the division isextreme, highlighting all these groups of people and showing the reader just how much Ari doesn t fit in anywhere he goes.This review originally appeared on my blog Hmmm Here s the thing I ve never been a fan of this style of writing, of this kind of content, of boys who just want to get high and fuck someone Which is essentially all this book is about.Yes, there is some of the coming of age stuff Ari is nineteen and still not confident in his sexuality, fluxing between admitting that he s gay and fighting it It s a classic case of being in the closet And there s a bit of character development by the end, but not enough to leave me feeling like Ari s Hmmm Here s the thing I ve never been a fan of this style of writing, of this kind of content, of boys who just want to get high and fuck someone Which is essentially all this book is about.Yes, there is some of the coming of age stuff Ari is nineteen and still not confident in his sexuality, fluxing between admitting that he s gay and fighting it It s a classic case of being in the closet And there s a bit of character development by the end, but not enough to leave me feeling like Ari s come a long way Or any way at all The writing is very lucid It s sharp, intense Too much Because of that, the side characters areinteresting Johnny, who dresses in drag and calls himself Toula Alex, who s in love with a Muslim boy Peter, who escaped his family by moving in with his girlfriend, but then cheats Ari gives you everything, since it s first person and he s very blunt The other characters do not, and curiosity about them makes them theinteresting ones But I relate to Ari Greek, gay, longing for an escape and just wanting to be himself, whoever that may be Tsiolkas portraits of Greek families are spot on I don t relate to the other things, but the cultural stuff, definitely There s almost a stigma among young ethnic people, who haven t quite accepted their culture, who haven t learnt the balancing act as they straddle the fence between Greek and Australian They cannot be Greek, because they don t relate to the culture, don t care about the politics But they aren t Australian because there is still some vestiges of Greek culture that grabs them Music is a big theme, and I think it s the thing that most shows Ari walking between the two worlds he likes the Greek music as much as he likeswestern music, whether it s rap or metal or dance It s one of the ways that Ari connects with his Greekness He enjoys the music, loses himself in the traditional dances, when it suits him And does the same with other music.So it s an interesting book Very real, in its portrayal of life for a young Greek man living in Australia Having said that, it is also the experience of a certain type of gay man The attractive type, who fits the acceptable terms of queerness Had Ari been less attractive, his experience of his sexuality would ve been completely different Because there is not much of a place in the queer community for the less attractive.Overall, it s not a bad read Very short, the kind of book you ll probably get through in a sitting or two But it s also not lighthearted It s quite raw at times Rough, and hard to read And it s totally understandable that people either love it or hate it It s the kind of book that invites those two very different reactions, that feel that way about the same thing This has a 3.35 rating because people either love it or loathe it, which evens out to average It s not average I read this book when it came out 20 years ago It could have been yesterday I couldn t say that about many books. I read it in just two sittings last week, on the way to Perth and then back again I read The Slap a few years ago and it s a novel I still think about, and had been meaning to readof his work, and my friends had raved about Loaded.It is sharp and intense It s about a 19 year old boy Ari who likes to have sex and take a lot of drugs, and it takes place over one night The novel moves seamlessly through the various places he goes out to, to the various people he meets It feels a little li I read it in just two sittings last week, on the way to Perth and then back again I read The Slap a few years ago and it s a novel I still think about, and had been meaning to readof his work, and my friends had raved about Loaded.It is sharp and intense It s about a 19 year old boy Ari who likes to have sex and take a lot of drugs, and it takes place over one night The novel moves seamlessly through the various places he goes out to, to the various people he meets It feels a little like a drug trip as you read it, but it s never just drugs and sex and nothing under the surface.As with many successful novels, I think Tsiolkas has managed to nail the voice, along with a kind of minimalism that is not too over the top The casual language and pace make it easy to keep reading and finish in a short while There is politics there It alludes to a feeling of apathy and powerlessness that I think was a common mood of the 90s and it speaks a lot to me about the motivations for the kind of lifestyle Ari leads, without being patronising about it, perhaps because it also feels to me as if it might be semi autobiographical There are details that seem to match up.I saw Tsiolkas speak at the Wheeler Centre a few weeks back, where I bought the book and got him to sign it He did a reading from his forthcoming novel, Barracuda Like someone like Tony Birch, he has a fascination for characters perhaps marginal, perhaps just those overlooked I m interested in that too as a writer But I ve only just discovered them recently, never the kinds of texts they gave to me in high school, but then I wonder if I would ve read them then Astounding, shocking, engaging and totally wonderful Tsiolkas thrusts us into a drug fuelled, sex driven 24 hours Ari is driven by shame, completely self absorbed and can t reconcile who he is and who he should be Don t read this if you have any issues about graphic descriptions of gay sex or self gratification.Despite not having any connection with this lifestyle or world, I thought this was incredibly crafted, heart wrenching, in your face , grungy and thoroughly worthwhile.There sth Astounding, shocking, engaging and totally wonderful Tsiolkas thrusts us into a drug fuelled, sex driven 24 hours Ari is driven by shame, completely self absorbed and can t reconcile who he is and who he should be Don t read this if you have any issues about graphic descriptions of gay sex or self gratification.Despite not having any connection with this lifestyle or world, I thought this was incredibly crafted, heart wrenching, in your face , grungy and thoroughly worthwhile.There sthan one underbelly going on in Melbourne Loaded was the debut novel of Christos Tsiolkas It is an ambitious novel Novella It s quite short that touches on being the child of immigrants, sexuality, family, and connecting with other people It reminded me Catcher in the Rye with the caveat that it has been a long time since I last read Catcher Like Holden Caulfield, Ari has failed out of school Holden was kicked out , doesn t have a job, and has no plans to get one He is pissed off at the world and thinks most people are cowards Loaded was the debut novel of Christos Tsiolkas It is an ambitious novel Novella It s quite short that touches on being the child of immigrants, sexuality, family, and connecting with other people It reminded me Catcher in the Rye with the caveat that it has been a long time since I last read Catcher Like Holden Caulfield, Ari has failed out of school Holden was kicked out , doesn t have a job, and has no plans to get one He is pissed off at the world and thinks most people are cowards who have blindly and stupidly bought into the job, mortgage, American capitalism dream or nightmare, depending on one s perspective I know this takes place in Australia and was written by an Australian author but America is referenced several times Ari doesn t want that life but he doesn t yet have the strength to break away from it or know what kind of life he does want In the meantime, he spends his time drinking, drugging, and having sex with friends and strangers most of whom are men He isn t about to tell his parents about that last part Ari is the son of Greek immigrants and they are angry enough about his lack of schooling, joblessness, partying, and general rejection of their life I liked this It was short and I wanted , wanted there to be some sort of resolution Then again, the lack of a definitive resolution is probably atruthful ending This is the one Tsiolkas book I actually like, because the nihilistic world sucks I hate everyone actually feels perfect for the viewpoint of a young gay man set on self destruction because he thinks the world is against him Ari is not a likable character, but he s definitely a relatable one We ve all been there. Families can detonate Some families are torn apart forever by one small act, one solitary mistake In my family it was a series of small explosions consistent, passionate, pathetic Cruel words, crude threats We spurred each other on till we reached a crescendo of pain and we retired exhaused to our rooms, in tears or in fury Ari is nineteen, unemployed and a poofter who doesn t want to be gay He is looking for something anything to take him away from his aimless existence in suburban Melbourne He doesn t believe in anyone or anything, except the power of music All he wants to do is dance, take drugs, have sex and change the world For Ari, all the orthodoxies of family, sex, politics and work have collapsed Caught between the traditional Greek world of his parents and friends and the alluring, destructive world of clubs, chemicals and anonymous sex, all Ari can do is ease his pain in the only ways he knows how Written in stark, uncompromising prose, Loaded is a first novel of great passion and power Short, sharp and nihilistic The book flicks between the suburbs of Melbourne, seething with the energy of first generation migrants trying to escape the conservative constraints of their own community If you re familiar with the likes of Sydney Road or High Street, there s much to identify with here. I don t know why I love nihilistic fiction It s the same thing every time, broken pretty people do lots of drugs and have meaningless empty sex for two hundred odd pages Yet for some reason, I always go back for.


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