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Joseph and the Old Man

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  24 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
From the first-edition dustjacket (1986):

The flamboyant town of Cherry Grove, serenely situated along the beach of Fire Island, is the setting for this unusually poignant and joyful love story. In this cozy little summer community, the old man, a world-famous novelist, young at heart and beloved by everyone, lives with Joe, some thirty years a younger man, sleek and tan, w
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Paperback, 195 pages
Published 1986 by St. Martins Press
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Chris
May 16, 2012 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, first-edition
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Nelson Minar
Apr 10, 2014 Nelson Minar rated it really liked it
This is the first "gay fiction" I've read in awhile: so much of the genre is writer-workshop prose, a sort of sameness that doesn't inspire. But this book worked for me, if nothing else than as a nice gay romance novel. It gives a particularly good treatment of intergenerational relationships, I think, something that's rare in writing, gay or straight. And the life described, an endless, slow parade of friends on Fire Island; well, it's very appealing, sad to think that it might no longer exist. ...more
Richard Jespers
Jan 27, 2015 Richard Jespers rated it did not like it
This book made me angry. Though well-written, it is too obviously Hemingwayesque. Not quite a parody but would make a good entry in the Harry’s Bar and Grill competition. Even the title is derivative. Otherwise, the scene at the hotel, the writing itself, and the narrative are finely rendered. 1986. Perhaps early in the gay male rush to publish fiction. It would not necessarily be publishable today. It might better have been titled Joseph and the Old Man and the Sea. ...more
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