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rank 5923
word count 23951
date submitted 04.07.2012
date updated 18.08.2012
genres: Fiction, Literary Fiction
classification: moderate
incomplete

Angel

Sebastian Michael

Damion is a boy so beautiful that everyone falls in love with him. As he grows up, this great gift turns into a heavy burden.

 

Damion is a boy so beautiful that everybody falls in love with him. This, his greatest advantage in life, gradually turns into his heaviest burden and so as he reaches adulthood, Damion, in an act half wanton, half heroic, destroys what for most people - but not for him - has come to define his essence. - A classic tale of a young man seeking his destiny.

"A delight to read. So delicate, casually cruel, wickedly funny and wildly alluring."
- Stephen Fry

The chapters here on Authonomy are the opening section of the book. The novel is complete and comes in at just under 105,000 words.

The following URLs to full versions by fellow user request; apologies for the absence of hyperlinks, the system doesn't seem to allow them. There is a direct link to all available sources on my profile page; it's the second one of the two listed websites. Thanks for reading and please do let me know if you find anything amiss.)

From Amazon UK:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Angel-ebook/dp/B007AYSTCA

From Amazon US:
http://www.amazon.com/Angel-ebook/dp/B007AYSTCA

From the iBookstore:
http://itunes.apple.com/book/angel/id540881828

From the Barnes & Noble Nook store:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/angel-sebastian-michael/1015826859

From Kobo:
http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Angel/book-YsCIdRUwq02YtPjtaEH_5A/page1.html

 
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beauty, boy, coming of age, friendship, growing up, identity, italy, laax, laconia, london, manchester ma, switzerland

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Tillerman wrote 747 days ago

I have just finished reading chapter two and will start on the last chapter posted here in a while. For what I have read, I cannot understand why a publisher has not picked up on this piece of literature. It is so well written and constructed it should be sitting in bookshops.
‘Everybody go to their places and we will sing Happy Birthday for Burbara.’ (Miss Haggett frequently stumbled over Burp’s nickname.)
She looks like an egg wearing goggles…
These made me giggle away for quite a while after reading.
The dialogue is exceptional, ‘First thing you have to know about SaintEx is that he won’t make you feel awkward….
I could clearly see Burp talking away while keeping an eye on the boiling milk. I felt her slight awkwardness.

I’ll be buying this book and looking forward to reading all of it.
Chris.

Tod Schneider wrote 753 days ago

This is such a curious tale! Refreshing, witty, definitely quirky. Your writing is excellent overall, with great descriptions. You paint clear and vivid pictures. The balance of narrative and dialog works well.
High marks, this should do well!
Cheers,
Tod
The Lost Wink
http://authonomy.com/books/40646/the-lost-wink/

Lena M. Pate wrote 753 days ago

Very well written. Nearly poetic in the manner in which it is presented. It is hypnotic in nature and holds the audience spellbound reading it. Normally this is not my type of reading but I couldn't put it down. Definitely a winner.

Velveteve wrote 753 days ago

Compulsive reading. Got caught up in your prose and had to remind myself I was meant to be working, so I'm going to put it down now and be a productive member of the horde for another little bit. Without being gushy - because I feel like gushing - you have a lovely style, witty and darkly humorous, and you will do so very well.

Inqusitive Agie wrote 753 days ago

Gosh Sebastian, I don't understand why a publisher hasn't taken you on. Are they out of their mind? You have written a piece of literature not just a novel. It is clear you are a well read man. I am glad to have found you. I will download Angel and start reading and learn.

Charlotte12 wrote 681 days ago

Very original! I especially liked the italicized sections.

Charlotte12

David Price wrote 705 days ago

Sebastian, I've enjoyed chapter 1 immensely. You have such a distinctive voice, and the tongue-in-cheek humour is a delight. In fact, there were so many delicious moments, it's difficult to choose one, but Caroline's 'erreur' is pretty hard to beat. I will carry on with the rest as soon as I can. Very high stars for now.
David
MASTER ACT: a memoir

Lenny Banks wrote 728 days ago

Hi Sebastian, I read chapter 3. Wow, I was amazed at the story line unfolding, this is fantastic. The writing is very good, its easy to follow, the characters are well drawn and very easy to warm to. You emotionally attach to the characters during the incidents that occur and you feel how they might feel. Well Done.
This is going to do very well.

Kindest Regards and Best Wishes
Lenny Banks - Tide and Time: At The Rock
If you are able to find time, I would appreciate a return read and your take on my YA work, Thanks

Katie Ridley wrote 730 days ago

Wow.
I can understand why you've already had success with this online and look forward to buying it in hard copy when it comes out, which it will. Absolutely charming, fantastically well written (genuinely - not just saying that), unique, humerous and a future classic. Seriously, well done. I will rate very highly, and back it - not that you need it backed.
If you find the time, please take a look at my book, 'The Last Message' I would appreciate your comments.
Katie Ridley. x

Eponymous Rox wrote 733 days ago

Apologies fer the delay--a promo fer 'Angel' is live on my webbie @ www.Eponymous.weebly.com, and filed in the fiction section (Authonomy's newest tweaks have slooooowed everything down to a crawl or I would've sent you notice sooner.)

Doing good, though, Sebastian. Best of luck with your excellent tome--
E.R.

Mumsie 1 wrote 740 days ago

Sebastian, well done!!! I read all three chapters and was highly intrigued and impressed by your work. You write fluently without any flaws and the story moves along at a good pace.
Loved the character development and description. Nice cliffhanger at the end of chapter 3, I for one hope there is more to come.
High marks from me and will remain on my WL until I move things around.
Elke
"Ella In Between"

whoster wrote 745 days ago

I've just read your first chapter Sebastian, and this really is splendid stuff. A fabulously simple idea for a story, and you never try too hard with the comedy. It all flows naturally as the by-product of your lavish narrative. The episode of the scaffolder's tragic accident was well painted. I especially liked the little bracketed aside about the young lover's eventual misfortune at opportunistically making off with the expensive trinket. Damion's parents were superbly described also, and this opening chapter sets things up very nicely. I'll keep this on my watchlist. Most enjoyable.

Pete

Eponymous Rox wrote 745 days ago

Cruel and beautiful prose, that's for sure. Methinks the tortured spirits of Wilde and Poe must be yer inspiration, or yer muses.

*Was perplexed a bit by some of the apparent paragraph breaks where they didn't quite *feel* appropriate--are these just formatting issues or intentional?

Shelved now. Very best of luck with it!

E.R.

Tillerman wrote 747 days ago

I have just finished reading chapter two and will start on the last chapter posted here in a while. For what I have read, I cannot understand why a publisher has not picked up on this piece of literature. It is so well written and constructed it should be sitting in bookshops.
‘Everybody go to their places and we will sing Happy Birthday for Burbara.’ (Miss Haggett frequently stumbled over Burp’s nickname.)
She looks like an egg wearing goggles…
These made me giggle away for quite a while after reading.
The dialogue is exceptional, ‘First thing you have to know about SaintEx is that he won’t make you feel awkward….
I could clearly see Burp talking away while keeping an eye on the boiling milk. I felt her slight awkwardness.

I’ll be buying this book and looking forward to reading all of it.
Chris.

Juliet Blaxland wrote 752 days ago

Angel is a deadpan delight. The dispassionate delivery of this really quite eccentric tale adds an airy arrogance which only exaggerates the comic effect. There are many wince-inducing moments which could stray dangerously close to wanton cruelty, but judicious use of the wry aside, the inverted comma or the sudden swerve, rescues those with a kindly conscience just in the nick of time. The gentle but sustained prodding at the fey foibles of Brett the Architect, for whom buying a penthouse in Beauchamp Place 'seemed like a normal thing to do' because he's American, are particularly personal joys [I am an architect]; but the whole idea of this 'boy so beautiful' that people are prone to walk into windows or fatally fall off scaffolding at the sight of him, is itself so ludicrous a premise that the tongue-in-cheek tone is clear from the outset, which immediately liberates the dark artistry of the sharper type of pencil from the tedious constraints of realism, and permits the normally unsayable and unthinkable to be mercilessly enjoyed without guilt. I love this oddity, and might even nail it to my dusty old shelf. [Is there any more of it coming, or is this a sample?]

Kenneth Edward Lim wrote 753 days ago

Sebastian,
This introspective book centered about a beautiful boy slowly developing from ambivalent youthfulness to full-blown homosexuality is an intriguing study of human nature. You have such an artisan's eye for minutae that if each of your sentences were parsed down to the individual word, the power of your choices becomes startingly obvious as they come together with the exactness of jigsaw pieces. Even your expressive dialogue betrays the artist in you. Thank you so much for sharing.

Kenneth Edward Lim
The North Korean

leelah wrote 753 days ago

I only read part of the first chapter - and noticed that I was thinking about the movie "Jules et Jim" with Oskar Werner and Jeanne Moreau. : there was a narrator-voice describing what was going on, but it was devoid of feelings - it kept us at a distance. It was not possible for me to identity with any of the characters.
Just my first impression - but it was so strong that I thought i would share it with you.

Leelah Saachi

Tod Schneider wrote 753 days ago

Just a couple sentences in chapter 1 caught my eye that I'd consider tinkering with:
the opening line has two "hims" in it, which makes it a little clunky. Maybe try something like "Anyone who met Damion fell instantly in love with him."
and the sentence "Damion to Damion looked..." runs on a bit with too many "ands". Might chop that one into a few.
Best of luck!
Tod

Tod Schneider wrote 753 days ago

This is such a curious tale! Refreshing, witty, definitely quirky. Your writing is excellent overall, with great descriptions. You paint clear and vivid pictures. The balance of narrative and dialog works well.
High marks, this should do well!
Cheers,
Tod
The Lost Wink
http://authonomy.com/books/40646/the-lost-wink/

Lena M. Pate wrote 753 days ago

Very well written. Nearly poetic in the manner in which it is presented. It is hypnotic in nature and holds the audience spellbound reading it. Normally this is not my type of reading but I couldn't put it down. Definitely a winner.

Velveteve wrote 753 days ago

Compulsive reading. Got caught up in your prose and had to remind myself I was meant to be working, so I'm going to put it down now and be a productive member of the horde for another little bit. Without being gushy - because I feel like gushing - you have a lovely style, witty and darkly humorous, and you will do so very well.

Sly80 wrote 753 days ago

I can see why Stephen Fry would admire this. It has the same dry, clever wit that he wields with such panache, and an almost sing-song rhythm. I don't think I've ever used the word 'insouciance' before, but it seems to fit both the MC and the narrative. There is a slight tendency to use names too often (e.g. Damion often foresaw … but Damion never trusted) though that's a very minor point. Some great lines throughout:

Often remained confused for the rest of their lives
The sentence dropped like a lump of lead to the classroom floor
Brett was unconcerned that Britain didn't have rabies, it was the principle that mattered
Burp was never going to grow up. She was already an adult, what would have been the point

The end of chapter 3 is an excellent hook. Highly starred and about to be placed on my bookshelf.

Inqusitive Agie wrote 753 days ago

Gosh Sebastian, I don't understand why a publisher hasn't taken you on. Are they out of their mind? You have written a piece of literature not just a novel. It is clear you are a well read man. I am glad to have found you. I will download Angel and start reading and learn.

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