Before I started reading Andrew Holleran’s Dancer from the Dance, I felt protective of it. Its reputation made me feel that it was my duty to read it. That magical first summer in P-town, almost ten years ago, I also discovered Andrew Holleran’s Dancer from the Dance, a gay novel that was. Dancer from the Dance: A Novel [Andrew Holleran] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. One of the most important works of gay literature, this.
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The freedom to exist openly, to find love, to define love as we see fit. Malone is described as preternaturally beautiful; much of the plot concerns Sutherland’s efforts to leverage Malone’s beauty by ” marrying ” him to a young millionaire.
It’s more of a snapshot of their lives and the thoughts and feelings that go with them. Malone is always searching for meaning in his life, and so he gives up one dajce to start a new one, one rfom to a singular purpose: He is a prominent novelist of post-Stonewall gay literature.
In the end Malone escapes once again form his former life once again, but this time he plunges into anonymity.
Men met behind bushes in parks at night, or behind unmarked doors leading into bars and clubs in urban areas. It is there that he teams up with Sutherland, the necessary Queen who helps him on his futile, yet honorable, journey to seek love. A time before AIDS started wiping people out at an alarming rate.
Such were the times. Even if you were never on the gay scene, you could identify with Holleran’s hero and his hopes for romance. Af Love, love will tear us apart again and so sung Joy Divison and in this novel Malone drom ripped to pieces.
Mar 21, Alex Stargazer rated it liked it Recommends it for: One part fond recollection of those halcyon days of ludes and disco and no-consequence sex. It was a peek at a time before HIV was a known element of all of our sexual lives. Or how he or anyone else managed to make it to the 80s and beyond with enough brain cells left intact to tell the tale later in life. Views Read Edit View history. The only mention of sexual related issues is a case of venereal warts.
This was a great look at the 70s gay community. They seemed truly free and hedonistic in their own world; and while it wasn’t always healthy, it was enviable in some small ways. Please provide an email address. Set in the ‘s Manhattan, Dance From The Dance is a rueful testament of the times in the post-Stonewall gay community. It was the city, darling, it was the city, the city itself. Reading it in is a bit weird, because you’re out of step with the time.
It is the ultimate display of the toxic paragon, and the subtle dangers that can plague our existence. Malone then becomes extremely promiscous, sleeping with everyone—and forming a cur Sad, aimless literature. And do you see why I had to leave? That tiny subspecies of homosexual, the doomed queen, who puts the car in gear and drives right off the cliff!
I was kind of sad when I finished this book.
It probably did feel impossible for a lot of gay men who were told their entire lives that something was wrong with them for feeling the way they did.
Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. I know of many gay men around this city, hhe elsewhere, who suffer from a familiar kind of malaise, a gnawing search for something that looks like love but that they sate with sex, or drugs, or alcohol, or all of the above. It’s not a romantic kind of hurt.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It felt a little like a trip down memory lane and since I wasn’t there, I didn’t get all the inside comments. But that’s because the point of this book isn’t the plot, but the characters and perhaps more importantly, the setting in which those characters exist. There is no suspense, no direction, and no hope. Aug 14, Chase rated it it was amazing Shelves: Be the first to discover new talent! And, without a single character capable of growth, this fiction debut can’t succeed as a novel.
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Published in the same year as Edmund White ‘s Nocturnes for the King of Naples and Larry Kramer ‘s FaggotsDancer from the Dance is regarded as a major contribution to post- Stonewall gay male literature. No, we may still choose to live like gods, like poets.
Being a Gay Man Who Is Free: Reflecting on ‘Dancer From the Dance’
He had been a candidate for the Episcopalian priesthood, an artist, a socialite, a dealer, a kept-boy, a publisher, a film maker, and was now simply — Sutherland.
Anthony Malone, a handsome, young gay man from Ohio, comes to seek the gay life of New York City in the s.
This book was filled with what should have been characters that jumped from the page and enchanted me with their emotional bareness of their lives while filling their hours with motion and dance. And one part recitation and bragging of excess in dancing, drugs, and sex designed to dannce the plebs – this man blows guys in bathrooms all day! Holleran’s narrator writes from inside this world “”What queens we were.
Dancer from the Dance
I used to have this history teacher. His idea of love is very different from my own. This is why I gave it 4 stars, because it made me reflect and gain perspective on a way of life I couldn’t really live.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Malone wanted thr to be beautiful and Malone believed quite literally in happiness – in short, he was the most romantic creature of a community whose citizens are more romantic, perhaps than any other on earth, and in the end – he learned – more philistine.