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Mr. Benson: A Novel - John Preston
Mr. Benson: A Novel
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A classic of modern gay S/M fiction, Mr. Benson is the compelling story of a young man's quest for the perfect master. In a West Village leather bar, he finds wealthy, sophisticated, exacting Aristotle Benson, who leads him down the path of erotic enlightenment, teaching him to accept cruelty as... show more
A classic of modern gay S/M fiction, Mr. Benson is the compelling story of a young man's quest for the perfect master. In a West Village leather bar, he finds wealthy, sophisticated, exacting Aristotle Benson, who leads him down the path of erotic enlightenment, teaching him to accept cruelty as love, anguish as affection, and ultimately, Mr. Benson as his master.If John Preston, the masterly, handsome author of more than 30 books, was himself a gay icon, his character Mr. Benson defined the culture of gay sex for an entire generation. When Mr. Benson first appeared in the pre-AIDS early 1980s, its unabashed celebration of male sexuality made it a cult favorite among gay men, many of whom wore T-shirts declaring that they were "looking for Mr. Benson." The novel's fresh voice and insights into identity, desire, power, and love influenced a generation of writers and editors, including Anne Rice, Samuel Delany, Michael Lowenthal, Laura Antoniou, and Joan Nestle.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781573441940 (1573441945)
Publisher: Cleis Press
Pages no: 200
Edition language: English
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Tagediebin
Tagediebin rated it
Don't know how to rate this. Pretty hardcore. Some scenes still in my head.
JustJen
JustJen rated it
Wow, fabulous master/slave story with more of a realistic feel. Told from Jaime's view as a cocky young hot guy who finds out how much he truly wants to submit to another and how Mr. Benson changes his life. If you don't mind or can get past the heavier aspects, such as the piss drinking fetishes a...
Hearts On Fire Reviews
Hearts On Fire Reviews rated it
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Reviewed by: DannyGenre: M/M BDSMRated: 5 hearts Check out the review at: Hearts On Fire Reviews
Snowie
Snowie rated it
I can see why this is a classic. It's an enjoyable read but it's not literature. The author is good at what he does, creating a titillating read with out the frills. This book makes no apologies for what it is and manages to stand the test of time, which is unusual for many pulp books of that era.
abgayle
abgayle rated it
5.0 Mr. Benson: A Novel
Okay, this book isn't perfect. I have yet to read one that is. There are a few typos, but not enough to detract from the overall effect, which is what I base my ratings on.I'd heard so much about this cult classic, and the way it has been a forerunner for the genre, pre-empting many of the latter BD...
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