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Nothing significant really happens, although that's not necessarily a drawback.
Marriages are destroyed, while politics plays in, and the characters wallow in existential angst while working very hard and yet hardly understanding why.
The writing was good, description, narration and characterization, but there's really no plot.
Ok, I get it. This is supposed to be a book about Austin and Texas politics in the 1960s. It was written by a guy who was on LBJ's staff. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joe G. Bax
I read this because in a recent interview Larry McMurtry said it was one of the two best books about Texas, the other being one of his. Read morePublished 8 months ago by James Reynolds
This book is about Texas, for me one of the least likely states to be called "The Gay Place." But, hey, the book was written in 1961, before gay people were invented, so... Read morePublished 9 months ago by RSRS
This book is made up of two novels. I slogged through the first one. Billy Lee Brammer should have written his own life story -
it would have been much more interesting. Read more
One of the most famous watering holes in Austin, Texas, where legislators, lobbiests, government officials, businessmen, and university students hung out, was a gay, happening... Read morePublished on December 22, 2012 by Rosemary F. Petzold
Billy Lee Brammer's THE GAY PLACE deserves its acclaim as one of the great political novels. Brammer beautifully--and that really is the right word to describe Brammer's ear for... Read morePublished on June 1, 2010 by olingerstories
I certainly second all that has been said here about the political aspects of this remarkable work. But for an Austin native like me, the descriptions of downtown, Scholz Garden,... Read morePublished on October 4, 2008 by Lausten Austin
The Gay Place is a winner in so many ways: an absorbing, deep novel, a historical novel about a key time in our history, an accurate an perceptive regional novel (about my home... Read morePublished on August 26, 2007 by Paul Sherr
Despite its age and it's fictional nature, The Gay Place is still the definitive book on Texas politics and Austin, and one of the top ten books on Texas overall. Read morePublished on July 16, 2007 by Don Martin