Hotel de Dream
Edmund White, gratefully, is a prolific writer, a gifted man of letters who has become one of America's more important authors. While much of Edmund White's oeuvre is about gay life, he does not confine his talent to the one topic: he is a brilliant biographer, a fine man of research, and a poet with prose. HOTEL DE DREAM: A New York Novel is his latest foray into fictional biography and for this reader the book succeeds on every le ...more
The story is told from Crane's point-of-view as he lay dying, sometimes reflecting back to the time when he knew the boy; it is also told from the point-of-view of Crane's 'sort of' wife Cora. And ...more
It begins with lengthy descriptions of Stephen Crane dying of tuberculosis and living in Engand in preparation for travel to the Black ...more
After the near-atrocity that was 2007's Chaos collection, White returns with a fantastic novel: a novel that shows he might be through with trying to prove his (quickly waining) relevance to gay fiction, and instead embracing his age and his status of a (albeit, unknown) literary icon.
Hotel de Dream runs with the myth that Stephen Crane -- The Red Badge of Courage -- once wrote a short story based on an (non-sexual) experience he had had with a teenage male prostitut ...more
White imagines the last months of late-19th-century writer Stephen Crane (The Red Badge of Courage) as he's dying, at age 28, of tuberculosis. Crane needs money to leave to his companion, Cora, a former prostitute whom he can't marry--because she's still legally married to her husband. He works doggedly at finis ...more
This was well written, and literary, but I don't think I liked it really.
It is based on the life (well death actually) of a American writer called Stephen Crane - an actual person, although I've never heard of him. He died in 1899, and knew Henry James & Josef Conrad.
The novel tells how he dictates his final novel to his wife, while he is dying of tuberculosis. It's a novel within a novel. The one he dictates would have been very controversial at the end of the 19th century - a story abo ...more
In his deceptively slim novel, "Hotel de Dream", he re-imagines the final days of American literary phenomenon Stephen Crane, who is wasting ...more
So it was with real interest that I approached 'Hotel de Dream', a historical nov ...more
It's interestingly constructed from different viewpoints and with the 'story within a story' where the author imagines the notorious lost tale of the boy prostitute Crane allegedly once encountered. It's not a happy tale - neither the boy's ...more
i would suggest to those wanting to read this book to read the very back of the book, the explanation by the writer, because it really helped me understand why Mr White took on such a subject.
This book is split into two parts, interwoven, Stephen Crane (a real writer, known for writing "the red badge of courage" lives with his common-law wife and is dying of TB. He meets a male prostitu ...more
There are only a handful of contemporary writers whose command of the English language equals Edmund White's. Unfortunately, occasionally his virtuosity is overmatched to his material and his autobiographical novels about life as a gay man didn't always win this writer the wide audience he deserves.
In picking Stephen Crane, that desolute, prematurely decaying and decidedly American writer, White's virtuosity meets the perfect material. Crane was a master America voice, but also a tru ...more
Rumors of Stephen Crane's last, lost work have been around for ages, and they give Edmund White an excellent excuse to practice his well-honed brand of invented history in his 19th novel. Problems arise, however, with the overreaching story within a story. The tale of a country boy turned rent boy may have been shocking at the turn of the last century, but it will raise fewer eyebrows today. And it doesn't do justice to the rich literary talents of Stephen Crane or, for that matter, Edmund White...more
The story takes place during the final days of Crane's life (he died of consumption in his late twenties). The story's narrative flucuates between his final days and a story that he is dictating to his wife, Cora. The "story within the story" is the most interesting part of Ho ...more
Mr White is a good writer, but this book just fell short. Gruesome pedophilic descriptions plus it all b ...more
Stephen Crane died of tuberculosis, penniless at the age of 28 in sanatorium in the Black Forest.