People in Trouble

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People in Trouble

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  • Title: People in Trouble
  • Author: Sarah Schulman
  • ISBN: 9780452265684
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Paperback
  • Book by Schulman, Sarah

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    1. Mel on said:

      I bought this at Waterstones in their 2nd hand LGBT section as it was the only fiction book they had about queer women. It was actually much more about activism, gay men dying from aids and the problems of homeleessness in New York. It was really interesting and had some amazing passages. The only problem with it was that the characters were all rather unlikeable. The portrayal of a bisexual woman in an open relationship seemed terribly judgemental and she was pretty horrible. Her husband was ju [...]

    2. Zweegas on said:

      This book is okay. Its biggest problem is that the three main characters are also the three least interesting characters. Just because the setting and the subject matter are interesting doesn't make a story interesting, but it doesn't hurt. All this book really has going for it is a good setting which it squanders on a cliche love triangle. The emphasis of the book is these three boring characters in a standard love triangle, with a radical historical movement going on in the background.

    3. Ocean on said:

      damn, sarah schulman's got it. i am officially obsessed with her this summer. she documents queer life in the late 80's/early 90's in nyc, which is a pretty amazing time in history, and she has this way of ending each chapter with a tiny slice of naked, unvarnished truth, a statement so devastatingly perfect that it sucker-punches you right in the gut. but she makes it sound good while doing it. genius genius genius. love it.

    4. Bryn on said:

      This is kind of off the point, but: maybe not the best book to read while you're going through a rough break-up.

    5. Julie on said:

      This is the book that the creator of Rent ripped off. Fabulous book - so sad it is out of print.

    6. Hal Schrieve on said:

      Schulman’s short 1990 novel was brought up again recently when a journalist noticed that the main named villain in this novel is none other than a roman a clef edition of Donald Trump. Named Ronald Horne, he looms less as a political figure than a dark vague corpulence embodying the worst parts of the 1980s fetish with wealth and power. At the time of writing, Horne and the snarky passages about his dastardly new developments along the waterfront/his offers of sponsorship to corporate art woul [...]

    7. Kyle on said:

      I've wanted to read this book for at least ten years, after I read Stagestruck: Theater, AIDS, and the Marketing of Gay AmericaStagestruck: Theater, AIDS, and the Marketing of Gay America (one of my favorite books) several times in college. Famous for partly being the basis for the musical Rent, this tells the story of a woman who has begun a relationship with a married woman. And for years, that was all I knew - but there was so much more, as it details AIDS in New York in the late 80's, when t [...]

    8. Julene on said:

      Set in NYC on the LES in the mid-80s, this book focuses on three people: Peter, a theater director creative type who resists computerization, his wife Kate, a self-centered artist with a studio, and her lover Molly, a lesbian who is younger than Kate and works selling tickets in a movie theater. The character development and dialogue are excellent and it is a quick read. Molly has many friends affected by HIV/AIDS and gets involved politically, with Kate being drawn in as she follows Molly. The [...]

    9. Travis on said:

      Wow. Wow. What a book to read now. I bought this several years ago when I got a bunch of Sarah Schulman books, and for some reason I read all but this and one other, and these two just sat on my shelf until the other day when I picked it at random when looking for something new to read. If I had read it back when I bought it, I'm not sure I would have even recognised the character of Ronald Horne as being based on a real person. If only the real Donald Trump had died in the late 80s like Ronald [...]

    10. Lilian on said:

      So basically a straight yt cis guy stole the plot of this book to make RENT, I had not seen the movie(i know it's a play) previously to taking a queer culture and lit class that made us watch the movie, and then we read this book. The more you knoww

    11. Silvio111 on said:

      I first read People in Trouble when it was published in the early '90s, in the thick of the AIDS crisis. AT the time, Schulman was revered as an artist in the LGBT community who believed that art was not enough; activism was also necessary.Schulman's novels documented the New York lesbian scene set in the context of the AIDS crisis; gay men were the majority of people getting sick, but lesbians stepped up to the plate, as women do, and brought their considerable organizing skills, developed duri [...]

    12. P. on said:

      The thing about this book is that sometimes Schulman will make observations/ drop truth nuggets like "You see so much more when you walk down the street alone. That's why people work so hard to avoid walking alone too often. What people see when they're alone can drive them mad." (p. 67) that please me to no end. But then she has her characters say things like "'What do you like best about me?' Molly asked. ' there is a sky below,' Kate said. 'And a pair of jeans, a calico rose in the middle of [...]

    13. Roy on said:

      Sarah Schulman is becoming one of my favorite writers. "People in Trouble" is an affirmation and continuation of that trend. As always her setting is NYC's East Side. In this novel her main characters are Kate and Peter, both long-term visual artists, married, approaching middle-age and a sameness in their habits, actions, and relationship. Kate, with Peter's acknowledgement and limited acceptance, eagerly takes up a sexually volatile affair with young Molly, a ticket-taker in a sleazy revival h [...]

    14. Geoff on said:

      So far of the books my boss lent me last September this is by far my favorite. Although I enjoyed Donoghue’s Hood and Schulman’s first novel After Delores was good, this one just stands out as a moving piece of the time and serves as a great commentary.What was great about this novel was from the opening line you knew it was going to be about voyeurism (or I realize that looking back). Schulman opens her novel with one of the greatest opening lines I’ve read in a long time. If it’s from [...]

    15. Joey Diamond on said:

      I thought I really like Sarah Schulman's books but maybe that was when I was a 90s lesbian. The history of the beginnings of the gay response to AIDS is pretty much all that's good about this book. The tactics, reflections on death, politics and fag fashion are all good.But the tedium of the main plot - a cliche love triangle with a straight couple and the wife's lesbian lover - is just so banal.The only bit that really stayed with me is the stuff about the early days of responding to AIDS and t [...]

    16. Meri on said:

      had heard such great things about this novel, and of course had heard that RENT had plagiarized from it. Well, I could not engage with the characters at all--they were so detached, from each other and from the reader. And as a huge RENT fan who is quite familiar with the show and the soundtrack, I see little resemblance except the general neighborhood of the East Village, 20 years later.I really wanted to like this book, and maybe I'll re-visit it some daybut I was disappointed with it. i RARELY [...]

    17. Julian on said:

      I'm not giving this book 5 stars because I think it's the best book ever (because I don't) but because it has done the best job yet of anything (books, movies, speeches, AIDS education, etc) in really giving me a glimpse into the AIDS crisis. Which is very important. This history is both recent, and the direct history of one of the groups of people to which I belong, and yet, it's not something that has ever affected me personally, so I really appreciate anything like this that lets me in enough [...]

    18. Colin on said:

      a fictionalized account of AIDS activism in the late-80's, built around the story of a love triangle between a young lesbian and an older woman who is married to a very sensitive, casually monstrous man. pretty good! i'm a sucker for 80's New York shit, and the scene where Justice (presumably an ACT-UP analogue) runs riot in the Pathmark over on the East River (rip) with a bunch of stolen credit cards really tickled me. Had it's slow points, but also some stunning moments. i still prefer Sarah S [...]

    19. Ezra on said:

      I'm about to re-read this book. SS writes SO WELL about AIDS, about being in the community of ACT UP at the beginning, about grieving and rage. Her writing about AIDS makes me cry the whole way through the book. This is the novel that SS says the queer storyline from RENT was stolen from. You can read all about THAT drama in her book "Stagestruck," plus learn more about manhattan's queer art scene in the '80s.

    20. Katie M. on said:

      Really the only non-forgettable part of this book is the fact that parts of the "Rent" storyline are rumored to be lifted from it. Which I discovered minute and a half ago while reading other people's reviews. Otherwise it's pretty much your standard-issue 80s/90s queer New York novel. If you're into that scene, good on you, read this book. Otherwise don't worry about it, you're not missing anything remarkable.

    21. Cara on said:

      Aparently Schulman claims that much of the storyline for RENT was stolen from this book, but I don't really see it. This book IS a potrait of NYC in the early 90s and the way AIDS rocked the world of the characters. But the characters don't jump out to me as real bohemian-types. Sometimes frustratingly typical, but sometimes articulates things I could never quite put my finger on. Choppy read.

    22. Andrew on said:

      " 'I'm talking about facing death. The only reaction we can really have is a banal one because death is the last experience of life. It's not like love. There is no retrospect.' ""They were pretty quiet except when Fabian stopped to buy an ice cream cone. It was another gay summer and they were in it."

    23. Keira on said:

      Sarah Schulman writes some of the most important literature on the AIDS crisis. There is no other writer who is as in tune to the community AIDS has affected and the activism surrounding the disease. This is also the book that is reported to be the original source material for Jonathan Larson's musical, RENT.

    24. Jen Helfand on said:

      Feeling so much scarcity in books visibilizing queer radical histories. This book is so limited. Feels important to continue learning about the time described here - the power of people living with aids and hiv, building power. And this book is not great.

    25. Jessica on said:

      Such an interesting and exciting lesbian novel. Schulman creates round characters with conflicting internal motives in a realistic way. The way she writes about the AIDS crisis is both informative and from an activist standpoint.

    26. Caty on said:

      I'd rather read the book Rent was based on--by the incomparable Sarah Shulman--then sit through the uncredited copies.

    27. Ryan Mishap on said:

      Good tale about love and gay identity amidst the shenanigans of a direct action group called Justice.

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