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The Body and Its Dangers, and Other Stories

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Allen Barnett has written an extraordinary accomplished collection of short fiction, stories about the risk of desire, the pain of early pregnancy, the sullen yearning of unrequited love, the devastation of AIDS and its remedies.
Paperback, 181 pages
Published May 28th 2000 by St. Martin's Press (first published June 1st 1990)
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mark monday
i read a lot of queer books in college. this is possibly due to the fact that i'm a queer. and so this is one of those queer books. it is one of the better ones.

for some reason or another i gravitated towards those books that seemed to have loads of sex - anonymous and otherwise. maybe it was the sexy covers. maybe it is due to my innately shallow nature. sadly, most of those tales of Gay World Adventures ended up being both tedious and pretentious.

there is pretension in this collection, there'
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Kim
There are some really lovely moments in The Body and Its Dangers, and Other Stories but there's so much sadness and death here that's it's hard to find the few moments of joy that are here. This book was written during the time when AIDS was killing so many people in the 80s and early 90s so Barnett focused much of his work on that crisis in the gay male community. I read he himself died from the disease. He's a great writer and it's unfortunate that he passed before he could publish more of his ...more
Macartney
Barnett's first and only book is breathtaking in its deceptively simple lyricism and unsentimental observations of the dog days of the AIDS era. Never overwrought or ham-fisted, the stories are plainly told in a style that leaves you feeling the author was not their creator but simply their excavator and your tour guide. The pain and tragedy and upheavals of the era are not elements to be glorified or dwelled upon or wailed at, but simply are. The longest story, "The Times As It Knows Us", is tr ...more
Justin
Sep 09, 2007 Justin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: The coy
I bought this on the advice, via and interview I read, of Dale Peck. There were several used copies at the Strand. Once I returned home I found that the author's obituary had been clipped from the paper and slid between the pages.
Greg Wolfson
touching, well written
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