The Two Hotel Francforts
Pete and Julia Winters are Americans who have lived in Paris for over 15 years; Julia insist ...more
Reading “The Two Hotel Francforts: I was reminded of Ford Maddox Ford’s “The Good Soldier” for many reasons but mostly because of the explicit exploration of sexuality within and without marriage though neither of these novels contains egregious sexual content but rather that they’re about the role of sex in interpersonal and intimate relationships and the nature of love and how it’s expressed. Another similarity is the European setting when there is an expectatio ...more
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There comes a moment when your life changes. For Pete Winters that moment came when Edward Freling stepped on his glasses in a crowded cafe in Lisbon, Portugal. It's 1940 and the world is a chaotic place, with Hitler making his way across Europe. Lisbon is the only neutral port left, and refugees from all over Europe have crowded into Portugal, hoping for sanctuary or at least a place to wait until finding passage somewhere else.
Pete and his wife, Julia, are expatriate Am ...more
Set in Portugal in 1940 it is the story of two couples, Peter and Julia, Edward and Iris, who meet at a café and discover that they are staying in one of the two hotels with the name Francfort (The Hotel Francfort and The Francfort Hotel to be specific). They, like a huge number of refugees in the country are awaiti ...more
I'll read him in spite of his including gay sex. There is only one scene, which is not graphic. However, in the spectrum of implicit to explicit is probably closer to the latter. This scene establishes the relationship between the two and, although the sex is never mentioned again, the reader can assume it continues.
I'll read him because of his prose and his complex characters. H ...more
The story is an interesting take on the part we never think of during a war, the waiting period. Here we have two couples who, by happenstance or serendipity, meet while waiting for transport back to Ame ...more
In any case, though, the book is good. I love the tone, which is very Proustian remembrance-of-things-past, which we know I love. The characters are intriguing, though I can't really say I'm that enamored with any of them. Perhaps because of the narrator, who's siphoning this through his memory, the charact ...more
Very early on the narrator, Pete Winters has our sympathy as we begin to fi ...more
David Leavitt’s newest novel, a New York Times notable book for 2013, is an absorbing read. I picked up the book last night, or rather I downloaded an electronic copy, and found much needed respite from the holiday crowds in its engrossing pages. After reading until I could no longer keep my eyes open last night, I woke up and finished off the last quarter of the novel this morning over an espresso – perhaps not unlike the bicas, a ...more
The characters aren't nice, but they are certainly believable. Edward and Julia have mental illnesses and they are in a stressful situation (fleeing Europe against their will in WII); Iris and Pete are coping with the ...more
Two couples meet while waiting for the boat that will return them to the States, our narrator, Pete, and his wife Julia and Edward and Iris, an odd pair they happen to meet and fall in with. Until the boat arrives in a week or so they have nothing but time, and the husbands i ...more
This is the first time that I have read book written by David Leavitt. At first I was a little unsure whether his writing style would suit me however once past the first few chapters I was gripped. Life was never going to be the same again when two upper/middle class couples meet in Lisbon waiting for a passage from Europe, just before the outbreak of the second world war. As the story develops the two husbands (Edward and Pete) have an affair as their wives (Julia and Iris) sights...more
Was it making being Jewish, gay, neurotic, and cheated ...more
Leavitt, who is openly gay, has frequently explored gay issues in his work. He divides his time between Florida and Tuscany, Italy.