Dancer from the Dance
The modern reader will appreciate the glimpse into post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS urban gay life, with its discos, tea dances and all-night parties. Some behaviour and attitudes have obviously changed, but the restless pursuit of the newest fashion or fad and the yearning after beauty and romance feels universal.
Holleran's characters – some outrageously ...more
There were things I appreciated about this book. The writing was good. The ...more
In this case, the childish things are whoring it up in post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS NYC, a fun time if ever there was one. The idolatry of youth & beauty leave little option for the adult man: either become the old guy at the club, leave Manhattan, or go out in a blaze of glory & the characters o ...more
"Yes, that is all that's left when love has gone. Dancing."
There are books I don't care if I like it or not. But there are books that I hope a lot to love when I pick them up. Dancer from the Dance is one of those books I wanted desperately to love. It is why I didn't give up, even when I started to struggle through the story.
I'm glad I finished it, but I have to admit- unfortunately- that I didn't completely get it.
And it is why I have to say that "one of the most important works of gay l ...more
Sad, aimless literature.
Okay. So: Dancer from the Dance, a fairly well known LGBT novel with some rather pompous praise. What’s it really like?
The story follows the life of Malone: a man from an upper-class background, initially not realising he’s gay, but eventually coming to accept it. Thereafter, he becomes incredibly enamoured with a Puerto Rican man; however, their relationship sours and they become enemies.
Malone then becomes extremely promiscous, sleeping with everyone—and forming a cur...more
I did not relate so strongly to that. There are also quite a lot of reviewers who find the character of "Malone" 'ro ...more
The novel is candid and humorous, but all in all left me feeling like there is so much more to life than the characters explored. This is not a story I can't really identify with on an emotional level, oddly enough muc ...more
Labour is blossoming or dancing where
The body is not bruised to pleasure soul.
Nor beauty born out of its own despair,
Nor blear-eyed wisdom out of midnight oil.
O chestnut-tree, great- ...more
I've seen this book described as being a "gay The Great Gatsby" and I must say that's actually a fairly accurate description in my opinion.
This book can be summed up in just a couple of words: partying, dancing, drugs, sex, love, loneliness, death. I've wanted to read something that portrays the gay party scene of New York before AIDS hit, and I guess this book was what I was looking for.
I personally liked Malone more than Sutherland. It was something about him that was so incredibly tragic. ...more
LONG VERSION: I've read this book several times now, as it is obviously a favorite of mine, and with each reading I'm always astounded that Holleran hit such clarity with his first novel. It is rather intimidating as a first novel, seeing as it is often placed at or near the top of "best LGBT fiction" lists - although that in itself is a bit of a disservice, because it is one of the best novels I've stumbled across in general.
Elegant in ...more
When I first purchased this book, at what was then called a "bookstore" (yes, I am dating myself), the young female clerk was kind of flirty, and then when she took a look at the book I was buying, became all flustered and awkward. And no longer friendly. ...more
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