My Queer War by James Lord

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A POWERFUL STORY OF SEXUAL AWAKENING DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR FROM THE NOTED MEMORIST AND CRITIC

In My Queer War, James Lord tells the story of a young man’s exposure to the terrors, dislocations, and horrors of armed conflict.

In 1942, a timid, inexperienced twenty-one-year-old Lord reports to Atlantic City, New Jersey, to enlist in the U.S. Army. His career in the armed forces takes him to Nevada and California, to Boston, to England, and eventually to France and Germany, where he witnesses firsthand the ravages of total war on Europe’s land and on its people. Along the way he comes to terms with his own sexuality, experiences the thrill of first love and the chill of disillusionment with his fellow man, and in a moment of great rashness makes the acquaintance of the world’s most renowned artist, who will show him the way to a new life.

My Queer War is a rich and moving record of one man’s maturation in the crucible of the greatest war the world has known. If his war is queer, it is because each man’s experience is strange in its own way. His is a story of universal significance and appeal, told by a wry and eloquent observer of the world and of himself.
 

About James Lord

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James Lord is an acclaimed American author who has lived in France for many years. His books include "Plausible Portraits of James Lord," "A Giacometti Portrait," "Giacometti: A Biography," and four volumes of memoirs. In recognition of his contribution to French culture, he was made an officer of the Legion of Honor.
 
Published April 22, 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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The author presents himself as utterly ordinary, “average of height, weight, build, unremarkable, in short, in every outward aspect.” That unremarkable nature proved useful, for Lord was living a dangerous life in those days—and, as he notes, even today, “parents in Dallas, Dijon, or Dar es Salaa...

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James Lord recalls his time in the Army in World War II as a period of turmoil and sexual awakening.

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My Queer War is a rich and moving record of one man’s maturation in the crucible of the greatest war the world has known.

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The New Yorker

Some sentences come close to self-parody—one minor character is introduced as “a blond nonentity overweight gold bar looie called Larry Garlington”—but there are probing reflections on sex, violence, and the iniquities that men suffer at the hands of other men.

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EDGE Boston

"My Queer War," author James Lord suggests, is patterned to some extent after "The Divine Comedy," and though his posthumously-published memoir has a loose-limbed flow about it, the comparison is actually rather apt.

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