Cures: A Gay Man's Odyssey

Martin Duberman, Author
Martin Duberman, Author Dutton Books $19.95 (336p) ISBN 978-0-525-24955-9
Reviewed on: 04/01/1991
Release date: 04/01/1991
Paperback - 305 pages - 978-0-452-26780-0
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Historian, playwright, gay activist, Duberman was treated for some 20 years by a succession of psychotherapists who attempted to ``cure'' him of his homosexuality. How he gradually came to embrace his sexual orientation as normal is the focus of this searingly candid, sometimes painful, affecting autobiography-- one man's odyssey from self-sabotage to self-acceptance. Coming out, for Duberman, was a tortuous process that led him from anarchism to yoga to men's consciousness-raising groups. One therapist berated him for his ``refusal to change''; another denounced him as ``passive'' and ``devious,'' and when a fellow therapy-group member physically attacked the author the therapist did nothing to intervene. Including a frank account of his love affairs, this intense confessional is full of witty self-deflation as Duberman critiques his own stances on political, sexual and intellectual debates of the last three decades. (Apr.)
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