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great prose, compelling account of a young man's self-exploration -- would welcome an update!
on March 27, 2014
I love Mendelsohn's prose, he often embeds one clause within another and the result is that he writes the way the mind works -- one idea leading to another and depending upon another. And yet, it is all very clear, it makes sense and it resonates. I started noticing that several of my favorite New Yorker articles have been written by him, so I am going back to his previous works. The subject matter of the Elusive Embrace is of a young, gay man's search for identity. He expresses it well, we (I) feel that I understand what he is saying at a gut level, but I find myself wanting to read an update -- where is his head at now? There is a great deal of self-absorption here -- yes, it's a memoir -- but, I wonder, has he moved out of himself a bit more, is he writing more about himself in relation to others, as we start to see when he writes about the young boy whom he is raising with a friend? I would read that book.