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Aug 09, Koen rated it liked it. This article about a novel of the s with a lesbiangaybisexualor transgender theme is a stub. Want to Read saving…. For a gay man to have bought it also took courage. Even init still took courage for an author to have written and a publisher to have released such a novel.
Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran
As Santayana said, dear, artists are unhappy because they are not interested in happiness; they live for beauty. Dancr writing was very lyrical and very beautiful, but I never connected with Malone.
This novel is probably my favorite American novel from the post-war period. If you really are frok about writing this kind of thing—and not merely telling a good story—then you have to understand that human life must have hope as well as sadness in order to feel real. After running the entire circuit and back Sutherland hooks Malone up with a man he doesn’t love but is anvrew rich.
One hand I appreciated the novel as a window into pre-AIDS, post Stonewall, urban gay culture, but on hte other hand I was repelled by the constant, casual racism and antisemitism spewing from the main characters. When I first purchased this book, at what was then called a “bookstore” yes, I am dating myselfthe young female clerk was kind of flirty, and then when she took a look at the book I was buying, became all flustered and awkward.
This is not a story I can’t really identify with on an emotional level, oddly enough muc I don’t really know how to rate this novel: Stories from the 70s are incredible. From Manhattan’s Everard Baths and after-hours discos to Fire Island’s deserted parks and lavish orgies One of the most important works of gay literature, this haunting, brilliant novel is a seriocomic remembrance of things past — and still poignantly present.
That world was alien to me, but I shared the clubland belief in the redemptive power of dance and the enchantments of beauty female beauty, for I first read “Dancer From The Dance” long, long ago, in my days at New Haven.
It uses powerful imagery, and a highly descriptive, poetic tje style. The friend you danced with, when you had no lover, was the most important person in your life…. A book about a stark world of need and drugs, without the reality of either. May 31, Scott rated it it was ok.
Mar 31, Meridith rated it really liked it. The writing was good. Nor beauty born out of its own despair, Nor blear-eyed wisdom out of midnight oil. Mar 16, Jessica Sullivan rated it really liked it Shelves: I’m wondering how different and how much the same things are in that life today.
The novel revolves around two main characters: I did not relate so strongly to that. In short, it definitely does. So, it was this context that colored my reading of the novel.
Dancer from the Dance
First the blurb on the book I read eance not reference the story I read, at least in the hilarious reference. As I grew older and, despite my best efforts, remained single, I would point to Dancer from the Dance as a reminder that sadness and loneliness are an inextricable part of gay life.
I dislike it for this. This really isn’t politically correct it didn’t exist yet and parts of this are a little depressing but it is about New York of a certain time. Though they enjoy many physical pleasures, their lives lack any spiritual depth. It was a continuing bond and that is what Malone dwnce Sutherland were for years, starting that fall: This page was last edited on 30 Octoberat Dabcer section of the final verse goes like this: Jan 31, Mark rated it liked it.
Quaaludes and disco were dacer precursors to the modern rave and rave drugs. There were moments when a lustful impulse is rendered convincingly, but I really couldn’t care very much for these characters. But past romanticism has failed me and now all I can see is the glaring omission of non-white characters, the fetishization of Frlm men, and Malone suffering under the weight of his own privilege.
That world was alien to me, but I shared the clubland belief in the redemptive power of dance and the enchantments of beauty female beauty, for me.
Sep 16, Matthew Gallaway rated it it was amazing. It is a coming of age novel for an individual as well as a community.
I waffled between liking it and appreciating amdrew as I was reading it.
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.
Retrieved from ” https: View all 3 comments. Jun 18, Jeff rated it it was ok.