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Gone Tomorrow

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Gone Tomorrow is a passionate chronicle of death and obsession told before the full onslaught of AIDS. A disfigured, jaded young actor narrates the story of a seductive and monstrous film director who has convened his international cast and crew in Colombia, where a serial killer is on the loose. The making of his film of vast, if vague, ambition, brings together a group ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published June 1st 1995 by Serpent's Tail (first published 1993)
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Glenn Russell
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing

"We arrived in Cartagena. Palms lined the sidewalks, fronds half-brown from dessication. A glass-and-steel cakebox palace, its flag-lined plaza adrool with fountains, floated on the black water of the marina. Human figures crowded the esplanade, which had the look of a perpetual carnival. There were wagons selling boiled peanuts and ices, wheeled steam tables, people in straw hats and sandwich boards hawking lottery tickets, balloons, grotesquely fat women working the crowd with trays of smashed
Gaby Cepeda
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is more of a 3.5 rating. Indiana's writing in this novel is enthralling. His use of verbs is outlandish, and his descriptive tirades of cockroaches, dinner party anxieties and the body horror of illness are truly entrancing. However, the chapters allocated to the film set in Cartagena, Colombia are racist to the point of being exhausting. I do not know if this is "noticeable" to white or non-Latinx people, but hardly a sentence comes out of a character's mouth without some disgust for the ...more
Nicolas Chinardet
I'm not too sure what to think about this.

The structure is unbalanced and the main section of the book (on a south American film set) feel unneeded and unhelpful once we get to the second, final and more significant section which it does little to elucidate. None of the characters are particularly likeable or even that we'll developed, either.

In terms of style and language, some of it is poetic and highly wrought - almost showy - unfortunately the author didn't seem able to sustain this
David Blanchard
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to David by:
The first half of the book is "celebrity/superficial", but the second is a very powerful description of the devastation of AIDS (on an individual level).
Aaron Mcquiston
Jan 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Gary Indiana's novel "Gone Tomorrow" took me some time to read. I was not really enthralled by the first half, but I kept reading because some of the writing is magnificent. Through the droll first 160+ pages, there would be a sentence or paragraph or image that stuck out and proved to me that he is a fascinating writer, but the story, about making a movie in Columbia, really was not too interesting.
The second part however really makes a emotional case regarding watching friends slowly dying.
Jim Jones
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
There was a time in the late 80's-early 90's where "transgressive" literature was all the rage. Works like Ellis' American Psycho, Hell's Go Now, and Acker's Blood and Guts in High School tried to outdo themselves with depictions of depravity and degeneration. Gone Tomorrow fits right in with those books. At times it seems to be trying to shock for shock's sake (anal sex in Dachau anyone?), but overall it is a brutal response to a brutal disease (AIDS) that wiped out a generation of gay artists. ...more
John Treat
Oct 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
I shouldn't have read this so soon as Keith McDermott's ACQUA CALDA: more spoiled, drug-and-alcohol-addled creative types out for a self-destructive romp in a tropic clime, this time South America. Dull, tedious, and unsympathetic. Everyone, please do the reader a favor and self-destruct at home in Berlin and New York.

It is true, as other reviewers have noted, that the book improves marked as it nears its predictable conclusion, if operatically. The final paragraph is worth the wait. But by that
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"Writes pathetically badly. A poisonous addiction to ellipses. (p.34) But see part II for a much more emotionally profound narrative. Still addicted to mixing metaphors in the most horrible way. Great plot, but too sprawling."
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Gary Indiana is a critic and novelist. His most recent books include I Can Give You Anything But Love, a memoir, and Tiny Fish That Only Want To Kiss, a collection of short fiction. His writing has appeared in New York Magazine, The New York Times, Vice, the London Review of Books, and many other publications.
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