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Dancer from the Dance: A Novel Paperback – December 18, 2001
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About the Author
Andrew Holleran, a Harvard graduate, is a well-known journalist and frequent contributor to major gay publications. Dancer from the Dance, his first novel, was originally published in 1978 to great critical acclaim. He is also the author of Nights in Aruba, The Beauty of Men, Ground Zero, In the Mirror of Men's Eyes, and In September, the Light Changes.
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Dancer captures a time and a place and a mood, and it does so with poetry and while telling a hell of a funny, debauched, and crushingly sad, story. Malone and Sutherland are both archetypes and real people, they are Huck and Jim in gay Manhattan, and we care deeply about them. We look forward to seeing what Sutherland will have to say next and to finding out how the beautiful and damned Malone--that über circuit queen--can screw up his life any further. Holleran's Malone and Sutherland are misguided, exaggerated and decadent, and frequently horrible moral role models.Read more ›
Guiding the reader through the wreckage and beauty of 1970s New York are two brilliant characters, Malone and Sutherland. Malone is a fallen Adonis, a well-bred WASP young man who, after a moment of unexpected passion in his Manhattan office late one night, begins gorging himself on the overripe fruit of the city's sexual life. After his first romantic disaster, Malone is rescued, taken in, and mentored by the bitchy, high-camp, mad-genius Sutherland. As they careen between raunch and glamour, Sutherland dispenses Wildean aphorisms on life, love, and sex. While every step of the way serving as Sutherland's accomplice in drugs, dishing, discos, and designer demimondes, Malone the whore retains an all-Middle-American vision of finding true love.
Truly, Malone and Sutherland are two of 20th-century literature's most memorable protagonists. But it is Holleran's unparalleled ability to evoke lasting images of New York City during a halcyon period for gay men that makes "Dancer" an unforgettable and absolutely necessary read. If you're gay and have a pulse, read this book.
I've read "Dancer" at least a dozen times and it never fails to provoke both laughter and tears.
Read it and see!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quality novel. Luckily I resided in New York during this time and could relate. Very well written. Read morePublished 25 days ago by tocsny
This novel is important in the study of gay literature be cause it shows what gay life was like in the decade after the Stonewall incident of 1969, reveals characters in all walks... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. D. P. Jay
Gorgeous, evocative, sexy portrait of the late 1970s New York City and Fire Island disco era, before the party ended with the discovery of AIDS in the early 80s. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Provincetowner
This is a deep and intriging story into a world that although it still exists, it will never be like it was when it is discribed here. I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rhonda B.
Great! Read it twice in my twenties and, now again at 57. It always takes me back to my youth growing up and playing around in New York City. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read this book since a gay male friend of mine told me how it was well written, and he was correct. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Just the facts.
This book about the 70's gay scene not only reminded me a lot of life in NYC in those days, but also shed light on the ways gay male sexuality was in some ways formed by how... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Maureen Brady