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Why We Never Danced the Charleston

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Old stories never end; they just come down the generations to resolve themselves among the living.

The scene is Charleston, South Carolina; the time, the 1920s, when old ladies dream of the past and a strange new dance, the Charleston, is seducing the youth of the city. Years later, whispers emerge of something baffling and tragic that happened back then. As an old man conf
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Paperback, 151 pages
Published September 3rd 1985 by Penguin Books
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JOSEPH OLIVER
Aug 08, 2013 JOSEPH OLIVER rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I suppose there are various levels of writing and gay themed writing is no different. Most gay novels are disposable judging by what's on offer in the Kindle store and there is nothing wrong with that. Even Agatha Christie never stated that she was writing literature just entertainment. I have heard it referred to as `chewing gum for the mind'.

Harlan Greene does not write `chewing gum for the mind'. His works do not border the entertainment category. I doubt they were written with that in mind.
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Benjamin
Jan 02, 2015 Benjamin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Beautifully written this story, set in Charleston, South Carolina around 1920s provides a vivid picture of life for young gay men of the time. The story principally centres around two young men, Hirsch Hess the handsome and desirable yet aloof son of Jewish immigrants, and Ned Grimke, slender, pale and somewhat effeminate. Hirsch is desired and briefly attained by our narrator, but soon lost to his old childhood and now rejected friend Ned. Looking back from his now old age our narrator describe ...more
Lisa
Though it has been years since I read Why We Never Danced the Charleston, it has rambled about the alleyways of my brain ever since. Greene's novel of an elderly man's reminiscence takes the reader to the Charleston, SC of the 1920s to uncover the truth of some dark, unspoken of event. It is a love story of Grimke, old stock Charleston, and another young man, the son of immigrants. From the early mornings in the duck blinds to the midnight trysts along the Battery, this is a gorgeously written s ...more
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