This One Thing

Books This One Thing This book begins in Croatia as ten year old Daniel s world falls apart when his parents divorce

Books This One Thing This book begins in Croatia as ten-year-old Daniel's world falls apart when his parents divorce. He's sent to stay with relatives in Switzerland, returns to Croatia after nine months, then travels to Poland with his father, and then back to Croatia. His father is a selfish man, his mother is emotionally unstable, desperately unhappy and unable to care for her son. Whilst in Poland, Daniel meets his father's girlfriend, Herta. When they go to fetch her, his father orders Daniel to hide in the back of his car as Herta's family must not know he already has a child. Herta wastes no time in humiliating Daniel who, as an obese child, already lacks confidence. Although his mother loves him, the one person capable of protecting Daniel is his Grandma Maria who comes to live with him and his father in Croatia. Matters worsen when Herta marries his father and moves in with them. Despite having to deal with this dysfunctional family, Daniel does well at school and gains a place at Zagreb University to study Psychology. He makes friends with a fellow student, Mara, and they travel around Europe, visiting Marseilles, Monte Carlo and Ibiza. Life for many adolescents is a struggle but, as a young gay man, Daniel faces additional hardships. Feeling distanced and isolated, he's careful about revealing his sexuality. He finds help at school from Mrs Jogan, a counsellor, but still has difficulties opening up to people. After University, Daniel spends his days working as a communication teacher in a private school and his evenings at a local rest area where he tries and fails to find comfort from anonymous sexual encounters. These casual encounters leave him feeling empty and wanting something more. He travels to Ibiza and Formentera alone and meets Tonio. He travels to Cyprus with Alan, but is still unable to find the fulfilment he seeks. Kind and thoughtful, Daniel has great strength of character, determination and remains positive even when facing homophobic abuse and prejudice. In spite of his father's rejection and a difficult childhood, he finally accepts his parents for who they are, and finds a sense of relief. When he meets Ron he believes he may be the one he's been looking for. They travel to Kenya, and it is here, when flying in a plane near to Mount Kilimanjaro, Ron tells him he loves him. This is what Daniel has been searching for. There is a message here which is universal and to which we can all relate to - that love is what matters in life - and, if we are lucky enough to have the love of another person, we should truly value this. This book is well written and totally engrossing. The various locations on Daniel's travels are interesting and imaginatively described, as is his home in Croatia. Although this book deals with rejection, loss, and the elusive search for happiness, it is ultimately an uplifting and inspiring story about one man's struggle to overcome hardships and setbacks in life. This story will stay with me for a long time, particularly the ending which sends out a message of hope and optimism and which, for me, couldn't be bettered. . This One Thing go inside Kindle There is no love in the gay world Daniel is told Be a servant in the world of cocks That s our religion Cock is our God Almighty Daniel cannot accept this philosophy He longs for .Growing up in the absence of his emotionally unstable mother, Daniel suffers at the hands of his cold and rejecting father and his second wife His childhood insecurities deepen with There is no love in the gay world Daniel is told Be a servant in the world of cocks That s our religion Cock is our God Almighty Daniel cannot accept this philosophy He longs for .Growing up in the absence of his emotionally unstable mother, Daniel suffers at the hands of his cold and rejecting father and his second wife His childhood insecurities deepen with the early recognition that he is gay, and he soon realizes that, because he is different, answers will have to come from within He conceals his inner truths but secretly goes to the porn cinema and soon finds himself alone in a world of erotic fantasies Although he fervently yearns to find true love, his insecurities propel him to choose solitude and the pleasures of anonymous sex, which so reliably protect him from being hurt and disappointed by others.With the magic of an unexpected encounter, Daniel s life begins to change Although he has to face seemingly intractable prejudices and even overt homophobia the most difficult battle of his life is overcoming his own self protective defenses as he tries to find love.This One Thing documents with great subtlety and nuance Daniel s determined odyssey of self discovery and growth in a world where being gay remains a challenge It will contribute to the legacy of insightful and heartfelt novels depicting experiences shared by gay men the world over.. When being involuntary outed at the height of his career and forced to find new ways of surviving, Damian Maher asked himself what was he best at and what gave him most pleasure in life and started writing This One Thing was his first novel, but he published his first poem at the age of seven He doesn t write about big events according to him the most interesting tensions and drama lie in human interactions He lives in nature and with the man of his life.. Good Ebook This One Thing Have you ever felt so captivated by a protagonist's story that you wished your e-reader was water-proof so you would not have to lose any moment, because you were in the shower? That's exactly how I felt reading this book. This One Thing is a story about a boy, Daniel who realises at a very early age that he is gay and very different from most of the other boys in his school. His parents get divorced and he has to go and live with his terrible father who has no iota of love for him. The story then goes on to catalogue his life experiences from a young boy, to a full-grown adult and his quest for love, acceptance, self confidence and happiness. I found Daniel's story to be profound, as it touches on a number of issues which people in the LGBT community face. I also found his story to be written and paced in such a way that I was able to feel Daniel's pain, anguish, disappointment, betrayal and moments of happiness. There were also some scenes which left me hysterical with laughter. I can't recommend this book enough and hope that all the Daniels out there are able to find the one thing their hearts truly desire.

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  1. When being involuntary outed at the height of his career and forced to find new ways of surviving, Damian Maher asked himself what was he best at and what gave him most pleasure in life and started writing This One Thing was his first novel, but he published his first poem at the age of seven He doesn t write about big events according to him the most interesting tensions and drama lie in human interactions He lives in nature and with the man of his life.

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  1. Have you ever felt so captivated by a protagonist s story that you wished your e reader was water proof so you would not have to lose any moment, because you were in the shower That s exactly how I felt reading this book This One Thing is a story about a boy, Daniel who realises at a very early age that he is gay and very different from most of the other boys in his school His parents get divorced and he has to go and live with his terrible father who has no iota of love for him The story then g [...]


  2. This book begins in Croatia as ten year old Daniel s world falls apart when his parents divorce He s sent to stay with relatives in Switzerland, returns to Croatia after nine months, then travels to Poland with his father, and then back to Croatia His father is a selfish man, his mother is emotionally unstable, desperately unhappy and unable to care for her son Whilst in Poland, Daniel meets his father s girlfriend, Herta When they go to fetch her, his father orders Daniel to hide in the back of [...]


  3. buriedinbookssite.wordpress.cTo start I would love to introduce you to the amazing reading experience I just had When I started receiving books for review I always thought it would be just that, reading and writing a review But with this book I experienced so much, so much .When I received this book in the mail I didn t even take the time to look at it since have so many other books that waited for a review and some many books I needed to read for school But then, one evening I was feeling espec [...]


  4. This One Thing is a moving story about a boy in search of himself in socialist Croatia It touches on a variety of themes and topics self discovery, friendship, a dysfunctional family, depression, loss, money, religion, and most importantly, the universal concept of love We experience all of this through the eyes of Daniel, the protagonist, a precocious boy who, from a very young age, is extremely self aware and accepting of his sexuality However, he finds himself trapped in a not so progressive [...]


  5. This One Thing To be honest, I tend to usually avoid books such as these, as I find that many authors these days don t do the genre justice and simply rely too much on over the top sex scenes which in turn sacrifices the quality of any actual plot and story beyond all of that Fortunately, I was glad to see early on in Damian Maher s This One Thing that the author has created a very unique and well constructed story that flows excellently from chapter to chapter I must also note that the steamy s [...]


  6. This One Thing everyone should read, straight male female, and homosexual Being a straight woman, it was entertaining and pleasant to learn the mindset of Damian from a child to an adult His story is proof that being gay is something that you are born with and it is not developed throughout life His stories highlight the perception of others of him being homosexual, which was very interesting to see and disheartening to learn My heart felt for him, and what he had to go through He showcases the [...]


  7. I simply felt that it was wrong to judge and to deny people the chance to be what they are But I as not especially interested in being gay I was only interested in being honest and authentic I knew that I was not born to be somebody else.Most of today I read this book Half of today I cried and I am still crying now that I finished This One Thing.This story is a thing of beauty It is not a love story, no thriller or comedy It just is And it is filled with so much wisdom.This One Thing lets you th [...]


  8. The story begins with ten year old Daniel and his rather harsh life One day, he comes in from playing outdoors and finds himself caught in the whirlwind of his parents decision to divorce He s sent off to different relatives frequently For starters, he s sent from Croatia, to Switzerland, back to Croatia then to Poland, and back to Croatia again, all within just a few months Due to the problems of the various adults involved, he s not treated especially well by anyone, except for one grandmother [...]


  9. This book deserves a reading by everyone who is interested in LGBT literature Very intelligently written, this book gets down to a very careful and masterful depiction of multitude of emotions.Daniel, a rather reserved person, undergoes hardships than an average human, before he discovers his sexual orientation He initially tries to find solace in casual sexual encounters, his determination lands him with periods of relationships with a few before he meets Ron, destination of his journey, as he [...]


  10. A memoir, rather than a novel, of a gay man coming to terms with his dysfunctional family and his sexuality As it is clearly a true story, it meanders somewhat, cataloguing Daniel s relationships, including teenage urges, one time hook ups and deeper meaningful relationships it is real, sometimes sad, sometimes uplifting as we experience his confusion, sadness, fears and occasional happiness as he comes to terms with what is happening in his life.It lost a star for me because of the slightly st [...]


  11. This One Thing is a well written and beautiful story that very realistically deals with the life of a gay man Daniel from his childhood to adult life It was especially interesting to read about how a young boy discovers and comes to terms with his sexuality alone in the porno world meaning that he has to overcome his promiscuous life style to be able to find real love, always firmly believing that love does exist Daniel also has to cope with the injustice that gay people still encounter This is [...]


  12. An amazing book which shares the tragedy of a family break up, and finding one s true self Daniel a child unfortunately torn between the life of his mother and his father and one could say the battle and all the upheaval leads to his wild child ways.After a divorce of his parents, Daniel is on a mission to find love and one could say being accepted is a concurring theme of this book.Daniel is gay and has many flings with guys, but is always searching for knight in shining armour, does he find hi [...]


  13. This book is extremely well written One quote that stuck with me was this When one is different, the answers have to come from within I think anyone trying to find themselves can relate to this quote, which is a definite precursor the main themes of the novel The main character, Daniel, suffers due to his parents messy divorce as a child His life takes him from his native Croatia to Switzerland, Poland, Spain, Australia and Africa and back, and THAT at each of those locations he meets people and [...]



  14. This was such a pleasant read The writing was such that you were immersed in the emotions described and felt for the main character, celebrated his small and big victories with him This book was wonderfully written, it was raw and it was brave and at the same time subtle in all the write places Damien managed to write out sex scenes that didn t run the risk of feeling forced or bordering on porn, without losing sight of what the book was ultimately about love.


  15. This One Thing is the story of one man s journey through life looking for the very same things most people do love, security, acceptance, and a sense of belonging Daniel s story begins at the age of ten when his world is torn apart by his parent s divorce His father is a cold somewhat heartless man and his mother is emotionally unstable Daniel comes to rely on his grandmother for support and their bond intensifies as he grows older Throughout his life, Daniel realizes he is different and longs t [...]


  16. This is a candid and gripping story about a young man s journey through an emotionally abusive household to trying to find love as a gay man.Reading about Daniel s childhood is particularly heartbreaking His parents have a very tumultuous divorce that he is left feeling stuck in the middle of His mother is constantly bitter about anything to do with his father and his father has met a new woman who is a truly terrible person Daniel s only solace is when he gets to spend time with his grandmother [...]


  17. I loved the book I like how Damian takes readers through Daniel s whole life story I felt connected to the character because I could understand why he was feeling or thinking certain things The book is definitely steamy snd there were plenty of moments I had to take a break and regroup.My mixed feeling come into play when I compare this book to all the other M M novels I ve read I went into the story thinking that this book would follow the same premise I was wrong This book is so much deeper I [...]


  18. Although it took me awhile to get into the book the beginning is quite a bleak study in poor parenting, I did thoroughly enjoy the reading experience There are several casual sexual encounters that were well described and realistic, that kept me reading along with the hope that the main character would find love Ultimately, I would recommend.


  19. I initially liked the story, but soon found it boring, a simple play by play of Daniel s life He seems so accepting of injustice and mediocrity The ending felt convenient and anticlimactic, and I don t relate any to characters needing to hide their sexuality or apologize for it Damian s writing style is simply okay.


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