- Series: Sun & Moon Classics
- Paperback: 266 pages
- Publisher: Sun & Moon Press (April 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1557130299
- ISBN-13: 978-1557130297
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,774,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Parties (Sun & Moon Classics) Paperback – April 1, 2000
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To get an idea of the appeal of Parties, then, imagine all that witty, drunken dialogue from Gatsby or Sun, with the tragedy and despair not removed so much as played for laughs. Then imagine a light plot filtered through a cheerfully queer sensibility, with portrayals of gay and bisexual characters (including the main male character, who loves both his wife and a young male bootlegger's assistant) that are strikingly open and unquestioning for the time, as well as a sexual openness bordering on free love or 70s-era swinger culture. Add to this Van Vechten's vast awareness of the popular culture of the day, with rich references to advertisements, pop songs, architecture, dance crazes, and other day-to-day life in the Manhattan of the Wall Street crash and its immediate aftermath (the novel was completed in April of 1930).
There's very little plot, per se. At the novel's center is David Westlake, whom everyone wants and who tries to please everyone. His wife, Rilda, is jealous of his escapades but seeks revenge with her own adventures.Read more ›
He was also the first dance critic on The New York Times, an
accomplished essayist and photographer whose work appeared in the
original Vanity Fair. His last novel, "Parties" (1930), is a stylish
and outrageous ode to the 1920s and was published as the Great
Depression hit. His insights & observations on the 20s are
more astute than those of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Here are the beautiful
and not damned. The players are charming worldings who take their
sexual pleasure where they find it - and never mind with whom.
This is a remarkable and hilarious book.