Reviewed by Dennis
TITLE: In the Privacy of Their Home
AUTHOR: R.A. Padmos
PUBLISHER: Manifold Press
LENGTH: 150 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 29, 2015
Dylan’s life is regulated and precise, and as a gay man in the England of the 1960s it’s also necessarily secretive; the law regarding homosexuality may have changed, but unfortunately society’s attitudes are slow to catch up. Meeting Max – younger and less inhibited – is a shock to Dylan’s system; suddenly his world, which has been black and white, explodes into vivid colour. But loving Max is not without difficulty; Max is an artist, talented and ambitious, and there’s no way someone as ordinary as Dylan can hold on to him for long … or is there?
Dylan lived a routine life and that worked for him and kept him out of trouble, the kind of trouble that could get him arrested. It’s not the kind of life that left him fulfilled but in England in the 1960s, the possibility of getting arrested for showing affection for someone you loved was the life of gay men and women. Not until Max shows up does Dylan think he might have the possibility of happiness and a future with someone special.
It was interesting to read a story that talked about the past and showed how far we have come and the sacrifices that were made not so long ago. The fears that Dylan has are justifiable and yet he wants to be with Max and show him how he feels. Max is a little more open, being the artist he is I think is a part of that. Max brings Dylan out of his comfort zone, even if just a little, and opens Dylan heart and gives him hope for a happy future.
I think R.A. Padmos has a nice story of the past that shows how lucky we are in the present to have the luxury to show affection to those we love.