Before I started reading Andrew Holleran’s Dancer from the Dance, I felt protective of it. Its reputation made me feel that it was my duty to read it. That magical first summer in P-town, almost ten years ago, I also discovered Andrew Holleran’s Dancer from the Dance, a gay novel that was. Dancer from the Dance: A Novel [Andrew Holleran] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. One of the most important works of gay literature, this.
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Of course, this is a very view, one steeped in a political and social correctness that ebbs and flows with the tides and presidents. By Les Fabian Brathwaite. This book made a big impression on me. Jan 16, Deanna Against Censorship rated it liked it Shelves: And one part recitation and bragging of excess in dancing, drugs, and sex designed to shock the plebs – this man blows guys in bathrooms all day!
This page was last edited on 30 Octoberat Jan 08, Andune rated it really liked it Shelves: The writing was good.
Malone only wanted to be liked.
A book about love without any love. Sep 06, Don Bradshaw rated it it was amazing Shelves: Witticisms yes, but ones forced by the need to be accepted and loved. Sep 28, Mark Hiser rated it really liked anddrew Shelves: The writing is unique and effective. Not a good decision. Suffering from a crippling loneliness, he gives up his lawyer life in Maryland and moves to New York, essentially dropping out of society, to seek love, full time.
And, without a single character capable of trom, this fiction debut can’t succeed as a novel.
Is this book appropriate for a 15 trom old? Dec danncer, Liam Elliot rated it it was amazing. One of the most important works of gay literature, this haunting, brilliant novel is a seriocomic remembrance of things past — and still poignantly present.
But I do however appreciate the lyrical style used by the author, as well as the putting forth of experiences that are moving and certainly represent a particular reality. A major problem, I think, is that you have to have lived through it to really grasp it. The novel revolves around two main characters: It was the city, darling, it was the city, the city itself. However, in terms of plot, there really isn’t any.
Dancer from the Dance
They came to Fire Island for summer pleasure and returned to the City and it baths and bars and they danced. A time when the world was okay as long as you w Beautiful writing and some of it feom really funny and witty. The star of this scene is beautiful, blond Malone, who stays in the closet–a lawyer, square and chaste–for years, then comes out with a vengeance to become “”one of the famous bodies fron homosexual New York.
Of course, in places like Columbus where I still live, this growing courage and openness was slower to emerge. None of all the bonds between homosexual friends, now was greater than that between the friends who danced together. It’s suffused with that Japanese quality of mono-no-awarethe fleetingness of all things beautiful and earthly.
Being a Gay Man Who Is Free: Reflecting on ‘Dancer From the Dance’
Knowing that it was published in the 70s, on the eve of the AIDS epidemic gave me goose bumps feeling Though the story is mostly about Malone, many critics consider Sutherland to be one of the best-realized characters in gay literature. At one point in my life, when I was supposed to be studying for an exam, I would re-read this book instead.
The book is written from the viewpoint of an unnamed narrator. He relied more on drugs for his support. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. A fine, sad, dream-touched story. Oct 04, Mel rated it it was amazing Shelves: The “dance” of the novel’s title becomes a metaphor for their lives. Which is, ultimately, the point. It’s one part commentary on the false gods of youth and beauty, love between men or the lack thereof, intimacy and loneliness, shame and pleasure.
I dislike it for this. AIDS was already a terrible thing and more than a few people I knew were in holleram or about to be for their earlier drug use It still brought dxnce fond thoughts and that elation of going out and just dancing the night away and being free of responsibilities or not caring about them as much and cares and worries that being older and I guess wiser, and definitely healthier brings.
The None of all the bonds between homosexual friends, now was greater than that between the friends who danced together. Obviously, it’s not edited for prime time. While Maupin’s tales are ingratiating and quietly witty, the standalone novel Dancer from the Dance has passion and eroticism without being excessively over-the-top in sexual description.
I know that I became obsessed with books about gay men thereafter. Views Read Edit View history. It was the love of a romantic dream that danver never be given to one person.
I’m wondering how different and how much the same things are in that life today. Aug 09, Koen rated it liked it. Mar 30, Dana rated it really liked it Shelves: The writing is gorgeous and evocative, the story tender and wistful. An old boyfriend from !