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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The story follows the life of Malone: Thereafter, he becomes incredibly enamoured with a Puerto Rican man; however, their relationship sours and they become enemies.
Malone then becomes extremely promiscous, sleeping with everyone—and forming a curious friendship with a man called Sutherland. There zndrew very little apparent plot. That is my main issue with this book: There is no suspense, no direction, and no hope.
And yes, the characters are very well developed. The book is written from the viewpoint of an unnamed narrator. The aim is clear: But still, it is mildly ho,leran. The other characters dnce this book are also very well realised; they feel humanand believable. However—and this is a big however—they all seem to be in much the same situation. Engrossed by sex; chained by the promise of love; or, in other words, the stereotypical gayness.
I dislike it for this.
Dancer from the Dance
I am not a pity party. I am quite happy being gay, and have no remorse or self-pity over this. This novel seems holperan pessimistic, and without hope. I should hardly think every gay person in New York City—allof them, if you take the statistics—are going to be insanely promiscuous and mad about sex.
This book is very well written. It uses powerful imagery, and a highly descriptive, poetic writing style. Dialogue is smooth, believable and appropriate; the pacing is without flaw.
This scores it some brownie points. And yes, I do understand something about it: It is the ultimate display of the toxic paragon, and the subtle dangers that can plague our existence. Not everyone is like that; and while it is undoubtedly true for for many who lived in that era, it is no longer true now. A major problem, I think, is that you have to have lived through it to really grasp it.
Most importantly of all though, this book has no hope; no resolution; no silver lining. If you really are serious 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.
Even the people facing starvation must have some hope, when they see the signs of rain approaching. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem?
Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran. Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran. One of the most important works of gay literature, this haunting, brilliant novel is a seriocomic remembrance of things past — and still poignantly present. It depicts the adventures of Malone, a beautiful young man searching for love amid New York’s emerging gay scene. 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.
From Manhattan’s Everard Baths and after-hours discos to Fire Island’s deserted parks and lavish orgies, Malone looks high and low for meaningful companionship.
The person he finds is Sutherland, a campy quintessential queen — and one of the most memorable literary creations of contemporary fiction. Hilarious, witty, and ultimately heartbreaking, Dancer from the Dance is truthful, provocative, outrageous fiction told in a voice as close to laughter as to tears. Paperbackpages. Published December 18th by Harper Perennial first published May 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Dancer from the Danceplease sign up. Is this book appropriate for a 15 year old? Katy Chamberlain Probably not, lots of drug and sexual references. See 1 question about Dancer from the Dance….
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Lists with This Book. Someone at the old Atticus Books recommended it as “the gay Gatsby”. It is that, very much so: That world was alien to me, but Dancef shared the clubland belief in the redemptive power of dance and the enchantments of beauty female beauty, for I first fom “Dancer From The Dance” long, long ago, in my days at New Haven. 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.
It’s suffused with that Japanese quality of mono-no-awarethe dxnce of all things beautiful and earthly. Even if you were never on the gay scene, you could identify with Holleran’s hero and his hopes for romance.
Very much recommended, even it’s not your world Holleran is writing about. A fine, sad, dream-touched story. View all 4 comments.
Jun 16, Glenn Sumi rated it really liked it. Andrew Holleran’s groundbreaking novel is a lyrical, funny and elegiac book about a certain segment adrew gay life in mid-to-late 70s New York City. The modern reader will appreciate the glimpse into post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS urban gay life, with its discos, tea dances and all-night parties.
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Holleran behaviour and attitudes have obviously changed, but the restless pursuit of the newest fashion or fad and the yearning after zndrew and romance feels universal. Holleran’s characters — some outrageously Andrew Holleran’s groundbreaking novel is a lyrical, funny and elegiac book about a certain segment of gay life in mid-to-late 70s New York City.
Holleran’s characters — some outrageously heightened, satirized, mythopoetic creatures — are memorable. And his literary prose with nods to everyone from Proust to Henry James is sensual and seductive. Jan 31, Tthe rated it liked it.
I’d heard about this book forever and finally got around to reading it. I waffled between liking it and appreciating it as I was reading it.
The writing is unique and effective. But I felt like I was reading the same twenty pages over and over and over again. Which is, ultimately, the point.
Holoeran indulgent but the book is about hollean. It’s frustating but the book is about frustration. Sometimes I’d get swept away by it and other times left completely cold. A bold way to tell a I’d heard about this book forever and finally got around to reading it. A bold way to tell about an experience by giving you that experience on a different level. I also liked how the author reminds us that this is about only one segment of the community and comments on everything from that standpoint.
I’m wondering how different and how much the same things are in that life today. This book made tue big impression on me. Feb 22, Jason Black rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a great look at the 70s gay community.
It felt a little like a trip down memory lane and since I wasn’t there, I didn’t get all the inside comments. May 31, Scott rated it it was ok. Am I allowed to dislike this book? Jul 22, Joseph rated it it was amazing. Nov 05, Kevin Lawrence rated it it was ok. A narcissist meets a solipsist and thus is born a gay classic? There were moments when a lustful impulse is rendered convincingly, but I really couldn’t care very much for these characters.
Maybe it’s a generational thing. Found the “friendship” between Malone and Sutherland unlikely — unless the financial bond between them had been more fleshed out. Dec 13, Liam Elliot rated it it was amazing. I used to have this history teacher. He would tell us stories from his younger days, and he would get to certain parts of his story and stumble.
It would be a part that involved sex or drugs and he would edit around it so he wouldn’t get fired, but with a nod and wink that still let you know which naughty bits were being PG’d out so we’d still understand. He’d finish his pared down tale of debauchery and just-barely-appropriate-for-high-school-ears adventures, and when we were looking at him l I used to have this history teacher. He’d finish his pared down tale of debauchery and just-barely-appropriate-for-high-school-ears andrsw, and when we were looking at him like the shit he just told us was the kind of stupid normally reserved for the Darwin Awards, he’d shrug and say, “It was the 70s, man.