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Skinned Alive: Stories

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The eight stories in this erotic and heartbreaking collection are barometers of difference. They measure the distance between an American expatriate and the Frenchman who tutors him in table manners and rough sex; the gulf between a man dying of AIDS and his uncomprehending relatives.
ebook, 288 pages
Published September 8th 2010 by Vintage (first published 1995)
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Jason Huffman-black
Thank you, Stacy. :)

This book is a collection of short stories about a time in gay history that I am too young to have been a part of. Stories of growing up in the 50s and 60s, of the party scenes of the late 60s, 70s and 80s. Although so many things were different, I found connections with characters, understood their wants and needs, their worries and pain. The author has a wicked sense of humor and a quirky style of writing that felt as if listening to a rambling comical monologue about life
Não posso deixar de confessar que não era grande fã de Edmund White. Tinha lido A Boy's Own Story, O Homem Casado e começado a ler a biografia de Rimbaud: The Double Life of a Rebel (que abandonei a meio) e, assim de repente, não me lembro de mais nada. Mas chegou o João Roque e ofereceu-me este livro de contos e fiquei rendido. Agora já me apetece reler e comprar mais...

Tal como em O Homem Casado, são histórias sobre a morte e a doença (SIDA, a maior parte das vezes), mas são contadas pela ótic
Set between the eras of Stonewall and same-sex marriage, this a fine collection of short stories that tell of love and longing under the cloud of HIV/AIDS (although I don't believe that either is named directly. My interest grew as I read further into the collection and by the time I was reading 'The Oracle', i was committed. I now look forward to reading one of White's novels.
Gary Lee
For everything that White gets right, he ends up tripping himself and getting something completely wrong. But then again, his short stories have always been the weaker side of his material.
This collection is, far and away, stronger than his later Chaos collection; but it still wears its weaknesses on its sleeve.
And I thought The Married Man was rough. That was one story of someone dying. This was several.

Of course I liked An Oracle the best but the rest was good too (some more than others) and it was fun to try to pick out which details or characters were from White's own life and what was just made up.
Edmund White feels like a gay Salinger to me in this collection. He has a skillful eye for telling the stories of young gay men, both closeted and out, and many of his physical descriptions are stunning.
Christopher Dionesotes
A book of very well-written short stories. Very typical Edmund White. Each story is crafted nicely and is tied in to the time in which it was written.....the AIDS era. A good read!
Damn these stories are good. I like them as much as hisnovels.
This book was actually pretty good but the way it tended to ramble on and get off subject annoyed me a bit. This sort of thing should not happen in a short story.
Lance Reynald
great stories with a heartbreaking honesty about love in the aftermath of HIV/AIDS.
oh, how i heart edmund white. read all his other books first, is my advice.
One of my favorite books by my favorite author.
Nice homosexual stories.
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Edmund White's novels include Fanny: A Fiction, A Boy's Own Story, The Farewell Symphony, and A Married Man. He is also the author of a biography of Jean Genet, a study of Marcel Proust, The Flâneur: A Stroll Through the Paradoxes of Paris, and, most recently, his memoir, My Lives. Having lived in Paris for many years, he is now a New Yorker and teaches at Princeton University. He was also a membe ...more
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