The Arena of the Unwell

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The Arena of the Unwell

The Arena of the Unwell

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You know, when things are a bit over-explained and the author shows too much of themselves and their personality instead of the characters’. Soon, Noah is drawn into the complicated relationship between Dylan and his flatmate Fraser, and as everything else falls apart around him, Noah is drawn into a co-dependent world, all as Smiling Politely prepare to release their first album in years. Needed more fleshing out, there was brilliant build up in the first half, even up until the last third or so of the book.

The Arena of the Unwell is a gritty and exhilarating exploration of loneliness and longing, obsession and jealousy, queerness and male intimacy. It has good queer, but not necessarily positive, representation (Mairead, yes; Dylan and Fraser, no). It's heartening to see so many new queer books representing the complexity and many different forms of gay experience.Songs you can inhabit, and listen to on auto-repeat for every nuance and interplay between Jo’s astonishing voice, Rob’s gorgeously hissy fit guitar and the solid underpinnings of Simon and Caz’s bass n drum structures.

The Arena highlights the toxicity of some parts of the indie scene, shedding light on substance abuse and artist mental health issues, while still evoking the close community some people find in music scenes. The indie music scene serves as a backdrop to Konemann’s troubling character study, which really adds to the novel’s edgy atmosphere. Their volatile relationship and living situation do not make for a good environment, as they seem to enable each other to engage in harmful behaviours. Konemann renders with heart-wrenching lucidity Noah’s vulnerabilities, his yearning to fit in, to be loved and to belong.So much of the poetry was good that I’ve split up fiction and poetry into two different ‘best of 2022’ lists, so we’ll start with fiction. There’s a weird mix of noise and hush around me as some people realise what’s happened and others don’t. Once again Noah finds himself an outsider, a witness to the jealousies and manipulations running between Dylan and Fraser. Featuring a vibrant rainbow design, and our super-sized Q logo, you won't find a more stylish way to make a statement.

This is a natural response from someone with very low self esteem, but he also fails to engage in other people's lives in a way which might allow him to feel more connected and gain a sense of community. An manchen Stellen echt SEHR detailliert (TW Selbstverletzung, musste echt einmal das Buch wegpacken…) super toxisches Geschehen im Buch aber ein passendes Ende gefunden.

As Noah spends more of his time with them, getting drunk and high, neglecting his mental health and physical wellbeing, he finds himself alienating the people in his life. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.

And nor it is all about romantic relationships; it also celebrates queer friendships and community through the role of Mairead, Noah’s best friend, and her girlfriend Jenny. I also would have liked Isaac to be given more page time, at least before Noah becomes wholly obsessed with Dylan/Fraser. I really enjoyed Konemann's non-fiction book The Appendix, but I was particularly drawn to this book from the premise, particularly the promise of it being suffused with a grimy indie music scene, and that did not disappoint. It was just such a rich environment for stories and for interpersonal relationships because it is quite charged a lot of the time,” he explained to Lighthouse Books.

Noah, an inexperienced queer guy whose biggest relationship so far has been his obsession with a cult indie band, finds himself getting caught up in the complicated, toxic dynamic between flatmates Dylan and Fraser. As a lot of the book is about mental health and a toxic relationship, it can be intense, but also funny.

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