Does Bravo Two Zero have a homoerotic subtext?
I keep hearing about this book - it's a number one best-seller and I think Alan Partridge said it was his favourite book. So I bought it, in order to have one of my ironic reads. I sometimes get my fella to read out choice sections of Jackie Collins novels or the Jodie Marsh autobiography to me in bed - he does all the voices. We've got a bit bored of Jodie lately, and felt that some unreconstructed hyper-masculinity with a bit of self-conscious homoerotica might make a good change.
Anyway, here's a lovely excerpt from page 18 of Bravo Two Zero:
Would they fuck us? Arab men are very afectionate with each other, holding hands and so on. It's just their culture, of course, it doesn't neccessarily mean they're shit stabbers, but the question had to be asked. I wasn't that worried about the prospect, because if it happened to me I wouldn't tell. The only scenario that did bring me out in a sweat was the possibility of having my bollocks cut off. That would not be a good day out. If the ragheads had me tied down naked and were sharpening their knives, I'd do whatever I could to provoke them into slotting me.
On the back cover, The Independent on Sunday describe this as "one of the best books to emerge from the first Gult War.. magnificent".
Shit-stabbers? Rag-heads? How did this book make the top best-seller lists? He makes Jade from Big Brother seem politically correct... Almost.
I like how he doesn't seme that bothered by being fucked by Arab men, and has already thought it out in his head. Don't ask, don't tell... There are other references to anal penetration in the book and he seems to take a long time in describing in detail the impressive physical attributes of his mates. Homoerotic subtext? Bollocks - as he would say. It's all out in the open.