Sod The Bitches by Steven Berkoff

Sod The Bitches by Steven Berkoff

Many moons ago, a struck-off doctor of my acquaintance said. ‘Those people you see in the street, going about their daily business, you will never know their salty longings’. Well, here they are laid out before the reader, a veritable graphic smorgasbord of obsession with secret ‘lovers’ in a first person narrative that intertwines crude street language with lyrical description. Typically Berkovian in style the actor, John, spews forth memories that leap back and forth in time and are consumed with lust for both sex and his ephemeral art. This is Stanislavski on amphetamines.. We are invited inside the head of a self-centred, yet ultimately self-loathing creature, whose penis calls the tune. John is a man chained (as Kingsley Amis noted) to a lunatic
Emotionally, John is s self-indulgent teenage wanker trapped inside a now ageing body. He claims to be able to bear his soul on stage and to love his fellow mummers yet appears unable to maintain those friendships and is blissfully unaware as to why. He marries the women he allows into his‘sanctuary’ but, once the initial passion has dispersed, is unable to maintain a truly adult relationship and back he goes in search of yet another mistress who swiftly becomes yet another demanding ‘bitch’. And one wants to shout at the fool ‘ hey mate, that’s what prostitutes are for’ but he is so delusional that he has to believe he’s in love.
One follows the story with the same fascination as watching a drunken driver careering down the road while anticipating the inevitable crash. Each
time he evades disaster, one feels both relief and frustration that there appear to be no lasting consequences for him. Until the truly mad and unsavoury ‘lover’ appears… at which point this reader was tempted to hide behind a metaphorical sofa.
This novel is both cerebral and visceral, brutally honest yet at times evasive and there were moments when I was reminded of the Danny Abse poem ‘Duality’. Certainly not an easy read, but one that stays with you long after the final word.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1909273821?keywords=steven%20berkoff&qid=1439057667&ref_=sr_1_4&s=books&sr=1-4

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