The Dancer from the Dance
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,...more
In this case, the childish things are whoring it up in post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS NYC, a fun time if ever there was one. The idolatry of youth & beauty leave little option for the adult man: either become the old guy at the club, leave Manhattan, or go out in a blaze of glory & the characters o...more
I did not relate so strongly to that. There are also quite a lot of reviewers who find the character of "Malone" 'ro...more
Labour is blossoming or dancing where
The body is not bruised to pleasure soul.
Nor beauty born out of its own despair,
Nor blear-eyed wisdom out of midnight oil.
O chestnut-tree, great-...more
The novel is candid and humorous, but all in all left me feeling like there is so much more to life than the characters explored. This is not a story I can't really identify with on an emotional level, oddly enough muc...more
Sad, aimless literature.
Okay. So: Dancer from the Dance, a fairly well known LGBT novel with some rather pompous praise. What’s it really like?
The story follows the life of Malone: a man from an upper-class background, initially not realising he’s gay, but eventually coming to accept it. 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 curi...more
I've seen this book described as being a "gay The Great Gatsby" and I must say that's actually a fairly accurate description in my opinion.
This book can be summed up in just a couple of words: partying, dancing, drugs, sex, love, loneliness, death. I've wanted to read something that portrays the gay party scene of New York before AIDS hit, and I guess this book was what I was looking for.
I personally liked Malone more than Sutherland. It was something about him that was so incredibly tragic....more
When I first purchased this book, at what was then called a "bookstore" (yes, I am dating myself), the 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. And no longer friendly....more
The book is timeless is a way, describing the feeling all gay men have when they first come to the city:
“…especially the young ones, come into the canyon for the first time, quiet as deer, some of them, coming to your hand for salt: their dark eyes wide and gleaming with the wonder and the fear we had all felt at seeing for the first time life as our dreams had always imagined it… at seeing so many people with whom th...more
The modern reader will appreciate the glimpse into post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS urban gay life, with its discos, tea dances and all-night parties. Some behaviour and attitudes have obviously changed, but the restless pursuit of the newest in fashion or fad and the yearning after beauty and romance feels universal.
Holleran's characters – some outrageous...more
Holleran makes some odd narrative choices with this one. The tale is bookended by letters going back and forth between two witnesses to life in New York, in the 70's, through the lens of the homosexual community. The letters outline a manuscript being sent from one person to the other, and then that manuscript begins in the first person, without introducing you to that person...more
I will be keeping this book for the next 15 years. It is as the reviews claim: beautifully written, evocative, and hilarious. I laughed on the t...more