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Lost to View/Horden, James/Paper/0330359835/S047-D1
A strange thing happened when I was fourteen. I lost all sense of who I was. I was supposed to be a bright boy from a 'good' family. But gradually some dark devil took me by the throat and pulled me in to a new world, a raucous world… And once there, I found I could not go back. "[Lost to View] is the intense and compelling narrative of Philip, a middle-class boy from a good family who drops out for a while. The instant, brilliantly elaborate intimacy of Philip draws you effortlessly into his sordid world of squatting, prostitution, homosexual pimping and, more sordid than anything, careless parents. Horden seems incapable of overkill, his writing is athletic and restrained… He also refrains from making judgments, but his psychological insights, subtly and authentically observed, constantly appeal and inform. What is especially jolting about 'Lost to View' is that it is not an apology, nor a tract. Horden has a wider grasp of the emotional and intellectual context of marginal life than most. 'Lost to View' is a terrifically intelligent novel, concerned not with scandal, blame nor compromise. Read it for an education, if you want, but you'll also be reading with pleasure and fascination." - The Sunday Age.