And yet, I don't actually feel like contributing ...more
I have always listed Andrew Holleran at the top of my favorite "gay" authors and "Grief" continues the high standard you expect from his work. Not a long novel but a beautifully written observation of life and ageing and death, penned by one of the keenest literary minds out there.
Ever since the 1978 classic "Dancer from the Dance," his ground breaking first novel which surely must be on the short list for "greatest American gay novel," I have loved his books and this is no ...more
The characters in the novel are all dealing, to one degree or another, with absence. In the novel's particular context, it is about gay men grieving for the friends and lovers they have lost through ...more
Although Grief is both beautifully and carefully constructed (and at exactly 150 pages, constructed it is), it has a tentative feel, much like that last breath before a long dive. It's as though the author doesn't wish to offend anyone, but in so doing, he doesn't quite reach the level of immediacy one needs in this sort of work. The characters haunt both ...more
I assumed that that grief part would be about the narrator getting over the death of his mother, but it also seemed to be a general kind of grief (the grief 'lay beneath all things'),with his friend and landlord trying to get on with their lives in a post AIDS ...more
In his fifth work of fiction, Andrew Holleran, author of the widely praised Dancer from the Dance (1978), explores the complex issues surrounding grief while offering multifaceted impressions of Washington, D.C. Critics praised Holleran's lyrical writing, his subtle and flavorful characterizations, and the beauty of his observations__especially in his evocations of the city. Several admired Holleran's refusal to deal with grief in simplistic terms. John Freeman carped that the novel was a...more
Other characters include:
the landlord of the home where the narrator takes temporary residence. ...more
I truly enjoyed the monotony of his daily life, his limited friendships, his oddly impersonal relationship with his landlord, and his ruminations on grief-- the grief he ...more
Though it wasnt all that plot-driven, and though many of the ideas presented were often repeated, giving the narration an elliptical feel, I found the telling quite riveting.
Im not entirely sure what kept me turning the pages. Maybe it was the texts dark tone. Maybe it was its weighty subject matter many of his friends had died of AIDS; his mother had passed away a few years before the story begins, too. Maybe it ...more
All of the main characters are wallowing in the things they've lost, unable to move on, unable to embrace the world in front of them. The book doesn't let you forget that grief isn't something to be neatly boxed up and left in the corner of the room. Many people wear their grief like a warm blanket and refuse to come out from under the covers.
It's a well ...more