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.