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Moise and the World of Reason

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  103 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
The publication of a major work of fiction by Tennessee Williams - the most gifted playwright and poet of the human emotions of our time - is a major literary event. His gift for dialog, his shrewd instinct for phrase and language, and his unerring knowledge of the regions of soul where desire, regret and loneliness lie in wait for the traveller make this remakable novel a ...more
Published August 1st 2005 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1975)
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1975. This is perhaps my favorite book of all time. The young protagonist, nameless, is a gay man who is living in an abandoned warehouse on the docks in New York City near West 11th St. Most of the book is his journals. He remembers his now dead lover, Lance, the "Living Nigger on Ice", a former figure skater. So beautiful. Get a copy if you can.
Vinton Rafe
Jul 26, 2013 Vinton Rafe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish this book were better known. It has all the excesses of Williams' latter days, true, but it is a true gem. A book that was a generation ahead of its time. Read it today. It's well worth it.
Aug 13, 2014 Addy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Salvatore Robert Froio
Good writing without a good story.
Adam Dunn
Jan 02, 2013 Adam Dunn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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There are moments of clarity, but they are few and far between. The sentences end without punctuation in the middle of a thought, characters ramble on for pages without knowing what they're talking about.
In the middle of it is glimpses of the former Williams and there are a few vignettes of brilliance, but really this book is too heavily shadowed by Williams stays in mental institutions to be coherent or relevant or readable.

The following passage I think i
ED Martin
Jan 02, 2016 ED Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny, crazy, erotic,touching fantastical journey of a failed 30 year year old Southern writer in 1975 NYC. Williams view of the reception of his work of the period is obvious mocked, as the deliciously nonsensical auto-biographical-esque unfolds. He give nods and jeers to other writers /artists ....O'Neill ....Fitzgerald...Rimbaud..Capote,,,Warhol. I wonder how much of Moise is made of him and how much is Marie St Just? A must for any Williams0phile.
Nov 11, 2015 Cynthia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
didn't finish it ...unnecessarily graphic - ruined the characters for me ... didn't distinguish between love, lust and loss
Nicole Shkuratoff
very insightful. an introduction to a different world for me
Aug 29, 2012 Alvin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this at a young and impressionable age, but it haunts me to this day. A beautiful, sad, and excruciatingly true story (even if it is made up) about people living on the margins of society, but whose love of life and art is central to the persistence of the human race.
Strange little book. I couldn't wait to finish it and move on to something else, but now that I have, I can't stop thinking about it. Dramatic, excessive, drunk, and bizarre!
Howard Pinder
I'm going to finish this book, which is saying something, but I don't think I could ever recommend it to anybody.
i keep hoping that as long as it's by my bed, i'll read it. tennessee writes a novel?! so tempting yet so dusty.
pretty strange, but a fun read.
Jun 17, 2008 Jade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
gay ice skaters and drama!
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Thomas Lanier Williams III, better known by the nickname Tennessee Williams, was a major American playwright of the twentieth century who received many of the top theatrical awards for his work. He moved to New Orleans in 1939 and changed his name to "Tennessee," the state of his father's birth. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Streetcar Named Desire in 1948 and for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ...more
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