This One Thing

This One Thing There is no love in the gay world Daniel is told Be a servant in the world of cocks That s our religion Cock is our God Almighty Daniel cannot accept this philosophy He longs for Growing up in the ab

  • Title: This One Thing
  • Author: Damian Maher
  • ISBN: 9781514718940
  • Page: 200
  • Format: Paperback
  • There is no love in the gay world Daniel is told Be a servant in the world of cocks That s our religion Cock is our God Almighty Daniel cannot accept this philosophy He longs for .Growing up in the absence of his emotionally unstable mother, Daniel suffers at the hands of his cold and rejecting father and his second wife His childhood insecurities deepen with There is no love in the gay world Daniel is told Be a servant in the world of cocks That s our religion Cock is our God Almighty Daniel cannot accept this philosophy He longs for .Growing up in the absence of his emotionally unstable mother, Daniel suffers at the hands of his cold and rejecting father and his second wife His childhood insecurities deepen with the early recognition that he is gay, and he soon realizes that, because he is different, answers will have to come from within He conceals his inner truths but secretly goes to the porn cinema and soon finds himself alone in a world of erotic fantasies Although he fervently yearns to find true love, his insecurities propel him to choose solitude and the pleasures of anonymous sex, which so reliably protect him from being hurt and disappointed by others.With the magic of an unexpected encounter, Daniel s life begins to change Although he has to face seemingly intractable prejudices and even overt homophobia the most difficult battle of his life is overcoming his own self protective defenses as he tries to find love.This One Thing documents with great subtlety and nuance Daniel s determined odyssey of self discovery and growth in a world where being gay remains a challenge It will contribute to the legacy of insightful and heartfelt novels depicting experiences shared by gay men the world over.

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    • Damian Maher

      When being involuntary outed at the height of his career and forced to find new ways of surviving, Damian Maher asked himself what was he best at and what gave him most pleasure in life and started writing This One Thing was his first novel, but he published his first poem at the age of seven He doesn t write about big events according to him the most interesting tensions and drama lie in human interactions He lives in nature and with the man of his life.

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    • Have you ever felt so captivated by a protagonist's story that you wished your e-reader was water-proof so you would not have to lose any moment, because you were in the shower? That's exactly how I felt reading this book. This One Thing is a story about a boy, Daniel who realises at a very early age that he is gay and very different from most of the other boys in his school. His parents get divorced and he has to go and live with his terrible father who has no iota of love for him. The story th [...]

    • This book begins in Croatia as ten-year-old Daniel's world falls apart when his parents divorce. He's sent to stay with relatives in Switzerland, returns to Croatia after nine months, then travels to Poland with his father, and then back to Croatia. His father is a selfish man, his mother is emotionally unstable, desperately unhappy and unable to care for her son. Whilst in Poland, Daniel meets his father's girlfriend, Herta. When they go to fetch her, his father orders Daniel to hide in the bac [...]

    • buriedinbookssite.wordpress.cTo start I would love to introduce you to the amazing reading experience I just had. When I started receiving books for review I always thought it would be just that, reading and writing a review. But with this book I experienced so much, so much more.When I received this book in the mail I didn't even take the time to look at it since have so many other books that waited for a review and some many books I needed to read for school. But then, one evening I was feelin [...]

    • This One Thing is a moving story about a boy in search of himself in socialist Croatia. It touches on a variety of themes and topics: self discovery, friendship, a dysfunctional family, depression, loss, money, religion, and most importantly, the universal concept of love. We experience all of this through the eyes of Daniel, the protagonist, a precocious boy who, from a very young age, is extremely self-aware and accepting of his sexuality. However, he finds himself trapped in a not so progress [...]

    • This One Thing To be honest, I tend to usually avoid books such as these, as I find that many authors these days don't do the genre justice and simply rely too much on over-the-top sex scenes which in turn sacrifices the quality of any actual plot and story beyond all of that. Fortunately, I was glad to see early on in Damian Maher's "This One Thing" that the author has created a very unique and well-constructed story that flows excellently from chapter to chapter. I must also note that the stea [...]

    • 'This One Thing' everyone should read, straight male/female, and homosexual. Being a straight woman, it was entertaining and pleasant to learn the mindset of Damian from a child to an adult. His story is proof that being gay is something that you are born with and it is not developed throughout life. His stories highlight the perception of others of him being homosexual, which was very interesting to see and disheartening to learn. My heart felt for him, and what he had to go through. He showcas [...]

    • I simply felt that it was wrong to judge and to deny people the chance to be what they are. But I as not especially interested in being gay. I was only interested in being honest and authentic. I knew that I was not born to be somebody else.Most of today I read this book. Half of today I cried and I am still crying now that I finished This One Thing.This story is a thing of beauty. It is not a love story, no thriller or comedy. It just is. And it is filled with so much wisdom.This One Thing lets [...]

    • The story begins with ten-year-old Daniel and his rather harsh life. One day, he comes in from playing outdoors and finds himself caught in the whirlwind of his parents’ decision to divorce. He’s sent off to different relatives frequently. For starters, he’s sent from Croatia, to Switzerland, back to Croatia then to Poland, and back to Croatia again, all within just a few months. Due to the problems of the various adults involved, he’s not treated especially well by anyone, except for on [...]

    • This book deserves a reading by everyone who is interested in LGBT literature. Very intelligently written, this book gets down to a very careful and masterful depiction of multitude of emotions.Daniel, a rather reserved person, undergoes more hardships than an average human, before he discovers his sexual orientation. He initially tries to find solace in casual sexual encounters, his determination lands him with periods of relationships with a few before he meets Ron, destination of his journey, [...]

    • A memoir, rather than a novel, of a gay man coming to terms with his dysfunctional family and his sexuality. As it is clearly a true story, it meanders somewhat, cataloguing Daniel's relationships, including teenage urges, one time hook-ups and deeper more meaningful relationships. it is real, sometimes sad, sometimes uplifting as we experience his confusion, sadness, fears and occasional happiness as he comes to terms with what is happening in his life.It lost a star for me because of the sligh [...]

    • This One Thing is a well-written and beautiful story that very realistically deals with the life of a gay man (Daniel) from his childhood to adult life. It was especially interesting to read about how a young boy discovers and comes to terms with his sexuality (“alone in the porno world” – meaning that he has to overcome his promiscuous life style to be able to find real love, always firmly believing that love does exist). Daniel also has to cope with the injustice that gay people still en [...]

    • An amazing book which shares the tragedy of a family break up, and finding one's true self!Daniel a child unfortunately torn between the life of his mother and his father and one could say the battle and all the upheaval leads to his wild child ways.After a divorce of his parents, Daniel is on a mission to find love and one could say being accepted is a concurring theme of this book.Daniel is gay and has many flings with guys, but is always searching for knight in shining armour, does he find hi [...]

    • This book is extremely well-written. One quote that stuck with me was this: "When one is different, the answers have to come from within." I think anyone trying to find themselves can relate to this quote, which is a definite precursor the main themes of the novel. The main character, Daniel, suffers due to his parents messy divorce as a child. His life takes him from his native Croatia to Switzerland, Poland, Spain, Australia and Africa - and back, and THAT at each of those locations he meets p [...]

    • I absolutely loved this book. Since I came out of the closet, this book helped me in many ways with my own coming out. Fantastic book.

    • This was such a pleasant read. The writing was such that you were immersed in the emotions described and felt for the main character, celebrated his small and big victories with him. This book was wonderfully written, it was raw and it was brave and at the same time subtle in all the write places. Damien managed to write out sex scenes that didn't run the risk of feeling forced or bordering on porn, without losing sight of what the book was ultimately about: love.

    • This One Thing is the story of one man's journey through life looking for the very same things most people do – love, security, acceptance, and a sense of belonging. Daniel's story begins at the age of ten when his world is torn apart by his parent's divorce. His father is a cold somewhat heartless man and his mother is emotionally unstable. Daniel comes to rely on his grandmother for support and their bond intensifies as he grows older. Throughout his life, Daniel realizes he is different and [...]

    • This is a candid and gripping story about a young man's journey through an emotionally abusive household to trying to find love as a gay man.Reading about Daniel's childhood is particularly heartbreaking. His parents have a very tumultuous divorce that he is left feeling stuck in the middle of. His mother is constantly bitter about anything to do with his father and his father has met a new woman who is a truly terrible person. Daniel's only solace is when he gets to spend time with his grandmot [...]

    • I loved the book. I like how Damian takes readers through Daniel's whole life story. I felt more connected to the character because I could understand why he was feeling or thinking certain things. The book is definitely steamy snd there were plenty of moments I had to take a break and regroup.My mixed feeling come into play when I compare this book to all the other M/M novels I've read. I went into the story thinking that this book would follow the same premise. I was wrong. This book is so muc [...]

    • Although it took me awhile to get into the book - the beginning is quite a bleak study in poor parenting, I did thoroughly enjoy the reading experience. There are several casual sexual encounters that were well described and realistic, that kept me reading along with the hope that the main character would find love. Ultimately, I would recommend.

    • I initially liked the story, but soon found it boring, a simple play-by-play of Daniel's life. He seems so accepting of injustice and mediocrity. The ending felt convenient and anticlimactic, and I don't relate anymore to characters needing to hide their sexuality or apologize for it. Damian's writing style is simply okay.

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