Nocturnes for the King of Naples
A hauntingly beautiful evocation of lost love, Noctunes for the King of Naples has all the startling, almost embarrassing, intimacy of a stranger's love letters. The intense emotional situation envelops the readers from the first page; like all images in a dream, White's characters are the most real people we know, thought they remain phantoms. Each chapter, each nocturne,...more
The naysayers on G ...more
He cites such influences as Nabokov, Proust, Genet, and Mishima; yet claims Joyce Carol Oates as his muse. He's continually revered by critics and academics, yet he continues to largely go unnoticed. He writes some of the most beautiful sentences you'll ever read (especially in regards to the American canon), yet very few people read his novels.
But it's true.
Nocturnes for the King of Naples is an incredibly beautiful ...more
A paean to a lost, dead lover, an older man whom the narrator has treated with the callousness of youthful narcissism. Of course, time wreaks its own revenge - he in turn loses his looks and become ...more
somewhat slow-going and hard to read cuz of the mercurial, impressionistic prose, but for the same reason prob the most unique and enthralling reading experience i can remember.
a self-immolating retrospective bent
..if i speak of my beauty it is only because I've lost it.
I longed away my childhood, resisted my youth, regretted the rest...
startling off-kilter insights
Self-sufficiency may inspire admiration but not love; frank, hungry need excites pity but tranquilizes...more
The thing itself is rather brief, brushing near 150 pages. In summary Nocturnes for the King of Naples is part love letter, part valediction to an older ex-lover of the unnamed narrator’s, written years after they ...more