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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From its first pages to its last, Dancer from the Dance is shrouded in death, a fact that — given that the AIDS epidemic was just around the corner — now appears bitterly ironic.

It is there that he teams up with Sutherland, the necessary Queen who helps him on his futile, yet honorable, journey to seek love. Even still in many places a lesbian andrrw gay man can get legally married today and be legally fired for it tomorrow. Dec 13, Liam Elliot rated it it was amazing. And it bolleran why I have to say that “one of the most important works of gay l “Yes, that is all that’s left when love has gone. Very much recommended, even it’s not your world Holleran is writing about.

Am I allowed to dislike this book? Set in daance ‘s Manhattan, Dance From The Dance is a rueful testament of the times in the post-Stonewall gay community. In closing, I must wonder what younger readers think of this extraordinary book? Be the first to discover new talent!

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.

Malone is simultaneously idol and cautionary tale. Sutherland is particularly charming, even though he luxuriates in a casual racism, couched conveniently in playful imperiousness, that is indicative of his superior breeding: Nor beauty born out of its own despair, Nor blear-eyed wisdom out of midnight oil.

I also read the book with sadness. I’m not going to say that this book is completely that, but there are moments in the reading where I saw myself in the book and I felt that something true had been said. Mar 21, Alex Stargazer rated it liked it Recommends it for: I had some problems. Here is a world built upon the pretense of fleeting beauty, saturnine lovers and the mass delusion that dancing possesses a redemptive power, and peopled by those legendary archetypes: Preview — Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran.


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A fine, sad, dream-touched story. It would be a part that involved sex or drugs and he would edit around it so he wouldn’t get fired, but with a nod and wink that still let you know which naughty bits were being PG’d out so we’d still understand. The characters seemed shallow as they searched for little more than sex and cared for little more than physical beauty.

Relationships are superficial and fleeting, predicated on nights spent in a popper-induced haze on the dancefloor: A book about a stark world of need and drugs, without the reality of either. It is the ultimate display of the toxic paragon, and the subtle dangers that can plague our existence.

Dancer follows a young man, Malone, through his years in the city. But I felt like I was reading the same twenty pages over and over and over again. After discovering his indiscretions, Frankie threatens to kill Malone, and Malone then runs away, finding solace in the opera-gloved hands of Sutherland, an extravagant queen who pals around with Egyptian heiresses and impressionable young millionaires he uses to fund his life of drugs and tireless leisure.

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There is very little apparent plot. It’s defiant and genuine, but if it shocks a few people along ffom way, well, that’s just an added bonus. Find a flaw, I can’t find a flaw. Sep 06, Don Bradshaw rated it it was amazing Shelves: Malone would have been at the clap clinic dozens of times he could have got a season ticket. The beautiful Malone and his frenzied search for love in the gay world, pre AIDS, from midnight ventures into the parks of Greenwich Village, to drug-infested discos and promiscuous gay bathhouses and onto Fire Island orgies in this superbly written and realized first novel by the talented Andrew Holleran.

This is not a story I can’t really identify with on an emotional level, oddly enough muc I don’t really know how to rate this novel: The novel revolves around two main characters: Engrossed by sex; chained by ddancer promise of love; or, in other words, the stereotypical gayness.


I’m glad I finished it, but I have to admit- unfortunately- that I didn’t completely get it.

Dancer from the Dance

And yes, I do understand something about it: It felt a little like a trip down memory lane and since I wasn’t there, I didn’t get all the inside comments. Which is, ultimately, the point. Is this book appropriate for a 15 year old? Men met behind bushes in parks at night, or behind unmarked doors leading into bars and clubs in urban areas. Sep 16, Matthew Gallaway rated it it was amazing. Find yourself a vanilla citizen, and then list everything you love that will make said citizen clutch their pearls and mutter, “I never!

The writing was very lyrical and very beautiful, but I never connected with Malone.


Thereafter, he becomes incredibly enamoured with a Puerto Rican man; however, their relationship sours and they become enemies. The image at the top of dzncer review is of the one I first read. If you really are serious about writing this kind of thing—and not merely telling a good story—then you have to understand that human life must have hope as well as sadness in order to feel real.

At first, Malone romanticizes the idea of falling in love, but soon becomes jaded, realizing that this is nothing more than a hopeful delusion, and resigning himself to a life of shallow hedonism.

Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran

The unusual narrative style made the distance between me and Malone even bigger. Malone is taken under the wing of Sutherland, a seasoned “queen” who watches over him and cares for him as a best friend.

He would tell us stories from his younger days, and he would get to certain parts of his story and stumble. Nov 23, John Rimbaud rated dwnce liked it.

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