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November 29, 2010

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way2ec

Wow, what a great read. Thanks for declaring his fraternizing with children as grossly inappropriate. If the children had been girls the same age, would he not have been suspected of being a pedophile? The fact that they were boys leads only to suspicions of homosexuality? I'm not sure I really want to know the actual details, but for the sake of the boys' mental and emotional health, I do hope his possible sexual repression was successful.

Thomas

"Kalulu, a brilliant child, expressed his racial and native pride in Paris, where he was already fluent in the language. One amused Frenchman noted "Kalulu never allows his admiration to overstep his patriotism. His native Chambezi is ever to him the finest of rivers, and his description of its beauties and amenities represent it to be vastly more civilized than the most advanced districts of England. Since his introduction to French society his mental powers have been rather taxed but so far he has proved equal to the occasion."

Wow, I love this paragraph. Despite the insidious nature of the relationship between "slave" and master, Kalulu retained (it appears) a good deal of his personality and an allegiance to his racial consciousness. I love that! That despite all the white man did and showed him, his love of his native land or consciousness could not be diminished or replaced. And that this Frenchman was intellectually honest enough to recognize the brilliance and integrity in this little African boy is comforting. (He did not just discribe him as a "infant cannibal".

Mastferful, Corey!

Thomas

Ummm, Masterful, even!

Corey

@ Thanks, Thomas!

@ Thanks, Way2ec! As usual, you are able to point something out from a whole unique perspective. I love when you said "but for the sake of the boys' mental and emotional health, I do hope his possible sexual repression was successful." Yes! I failed to note the fact that while many of Stanley's contemporary biographers think he suffered a repressed "homosexuality" they fail to mention ANYTHING about a possible REPRESSED PEDOPHILIA - almost as if it overlaps, and I quite honestly, find that INSULTING! VERY! He wasn't dealing with consenting adults, he had WAAAY too much interest in young boys and teenagers - no matter how "consenting" THEY can sometimes be! It didn't seem to matter with Stanley whether they were little boys of color in Africa, or the adolescent sons of his contemporaries. DAMN!

Dale

Corey,

I don't know why i saved this to read. Maybe because I was putting the finishing touches on my thesis and my mind needed a distraction. AND WHAT A DISTRACTION!!!

What a rich and interesting story. It reminds me of the final scene in "Suddenly Last Summer" where Elizabeth Taylor's cousin,"Sebastian" goes in and out of bathouses and is finally devoured by the young boys he has had sex with.
based on the Tennessee Williams play:
The play features Catharine Holly, a young woman who seems to go insane after her cousin Sebastian dies on a trip to Europe under mysterious circumstances. Sebastian's mother, Violet Venable, trying to cloud the truth about her son's homosexuality and death, threatens to lobotomize Catharine for her incoherent utterances relating to Sebastian's demise. Finally, under the influence of a truth serum, Catharine tells the gruesome story of Sebastian's death by cannibalism at the hand of local boys whose sexual favors he sought, using Catharine as a device to attract the young men (as he had earlier used his mother).

Corey

@Dale! It's always a pleasure! Now, you know I know the story but ONLY YOU would think of it in this context, and ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, it is QUITE FITTING, indeed! You make me think of all the strange things Hollywood did to mask Tennessee Williams' movie adaptations back in the day - unless you already know the back story, all most viewers see in that scene is A WHOLE LOT OF STRANGE AND BIZARRE. Even as a little kid, I KNEW something was up with Sebastian, who is NEVER SEEN!

You should find the next installment of this series particularly interesting. Most of it is set in an Italian village - maybe even the SAME ONE - that Williams had Catherine and Sebastian vacationing in. It all makes PERFECT SENSE NOW!

curio

Quite an interesting read indeed.

Taylor Siluwé

Brilliant and almost voyeuristic. And I believe those young boys where clearly abused, sexually and otherwise.

The 'Suddenly Last Summer' reference reminds me of when I first saw that movie. My youthful loins sensed Sebastian was family, but it was a strange film indeed and I remember it left a bad taste in my mouth. Possibly because he died horribly in the end, as all gay characters had to in that era of Hollywood.

mizell lampley

I'm just starting tolearn my history, it is a remarkable story, very intelligent boy I'm quite sure day was gay!!

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