Young. “Unbridled”, (A Harem Boy’s Saga), (Volume 2), Solstice Publishing , 2014.
Continuing the Saga
“A Harem Boy’s Saga” is Young’s memoir in seven volume. I reviewed the first some time ago and now we have the second volume. I can only imagine how daunting it might be to have enough to write about to fill seven volumes, especially when there is not a dull moment or an unneeded sentence in any of what I have read.
This is the story of a boy who was initiated into a secret sex society, He had been in school in England when he was taken to the Middle East and sent to the Bahriji School in The United Arab Emirates to be prepared to serve in male harems for the wealthy and elite. This is also a love story between the boy and the guy who was his chaperone and mentor as he entered the harem. He is then sent to be a member of the Sekham harem and he served as an apprentice and a model for the head of the house’s photography project, “Sacred Sex in Sacred Places”. The memoir is brutally honest and a lot of what we read about here is looked upon with great disfavor here in the United States.
This volume follows the boy as he travels throughout the Middle East and it tells of his adventures as he is prepared to serve the rich men of that part of the world. As he travels, his valet goes with him and knowing that he loved him from afar now gives him the chance to be alone with him. They share a love story as they explore the sacred sites of Europe and the United States for the photography project.
Young gives us brilliant descriptions of the places they went and the experiences they shared. We are often also given the historical background for the places they visited.
The boy soon realizes that he breaks taboos with some of what he does and while we as Americans may feel horrified at what he went through, we need to understand that the reason they are included is so that we get a better idea of how some people choose to live.
The character of the boy is wonderfully developed—so much so that we feel a kinship with him and we find ourselves really caring about what happens to him. This is quite a change from the first volume where the boy was young, naïve and innocent for a while. Here we get tawdry sex scenes (which are not gratuitous) that reflect the culture into which he now lives and we see him love someone else. This is quite a provocative read and it is so good to read about homosexuality in another culture that is so different from our own.