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Forgetting Elena: A Novel Paperback – October 4, 1994
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Though infused with a gay sensibility, this is not a "gay book". In it, obsessive aestheticism and obsessive love face each other, gradually becoming deadly enemies.
Truly a book in which form reflects content, the style of the writing is self-conscious and always exquisitely phrased. This book is not for everyone. For me, however, this novel is one of the masterpieces of 20th-century literature. It is simultaneously a mystery, a comedy of manners and a haunting love story.
I was going to give the novel four stars, but any book that makes me look at the world differently, any book that haunts me the way this one is doing, is worth more than that. And then when I think of some of the truly pretentious tripe that some people think is great writing, I definitely have to give it five.
Finally, I'd really like to know what the author was on when he wrote it.
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Did not get it, did not like it. Tedious story, and downright annoying. I would have put it down without finishing it, had it not been selected for our Book Club.Published 22 months ago by Willow 'n her ma
The book rambled. I have yet to get to the part where there is anything but roaming around. It is rather unclear what the relationships between the various obscure characters... Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by John A. Vieira
Despite its numerous accolades I found this book a most tedious slog. It may be the longest 184 pages I've ever forced myself through. Read morePublished on February 20, 2010 by glennhkc