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The language is beautiful, ornate, and erudite, but also raunchy and hilarious and witty in the old British tradition as Holleran describes the lives of his two lead characters, Malone and Sutherland, who are both archetypes of pretty much any gay man who has ever moved to the city with a dream of falling in love.

He is a grom novelist of post-Stonewall gay literature.

A collective wail arose from the crowd. The freedom to exist openly, to find love, to define love as we see fit.

hollerna View all 3 comments. A narcissist meets a solipsist and thus is born a gay classic? Malone is simultaneously idol and cautionary tale. In many ways it is a period piece, but then love and lust never go out of style. It’s indulgent but the book is about indulgence. Their social life includes long nights of drinking, dancing, and drug use in New York’s gay bars. The unusual narrative style made the distance between me and Malone even bigger.

One came here for very selfish reasons; after all, it tje a purely pagan place. This article about a novel of the s with a lesbiangaybisexualor transgender theme is a stub. Jan 08, Andune rated it really liked it Shelves: Malone is taken under the wing of Sutherland, sndrew seasoned “queen” who watches over him and cares for him as a best friend.

It’s frustating but the book is about frustration. Jul 22, Joseph rated it it was amazing. Ranks with me as one of the all time great gay-themed hollleran.


A time when the world was okay as long as you w Beautiful writing and some of it is really funny and witty.

Dancer from the Dance

Tha main character Malone leaves his cookie-cutter middle upper class WASPish life to become a full time denizen in New York’s gay world. Like other gay men, I understood that to explore a Adnrew I first read Dancer dancef the Dance probably more than 35 years ago, I read it with fear and sadness.

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But still, it is mildly irritating. Jan 16, Deanna Against Censorship rated it liked it Shelves: Anthony Malone, a young man from the Midwest who leaves behind his straight life as a lawyer to immerse himself in the gay life of s New York, and Andrew Sutherland, variously described as a speed addict, a socialite, and a drag queen.

Cover of the first edition. O chestnut-tree, great-rooted blossomer, Are you the leaf, the blossom or the bole? We aren’t sure if he is drowned fleeting Fire Island or burned to death at the fire at the bathhouse.

The novel was one of the first among gay fiction to portray the party atmosphere of Fire Islanda summer community on Long Island where many urban homosexuals celebrated drugs, parties, tea dances, and sexual exploration.

O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, How can we know the dancer from the dance? Not everyone is like that; and while it is undoubtedly true for for many who lived in that era, it is no longer true now. Written just before the AIDS nightmare became reality. There are no star crossed lovers. Bath salts, flakka, spice The sanguine queen, here embodied by the droll Sutherland, and the hopeless romantic turned rentboy, Malone.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There are quaaludes, water sports, and Everard, but there’s a certain self-aware combination of pride and shame that accompanies all stories told about the 70s that is very much present in this book.

I think the novel holds both a lot of insight hollefan much sadness, especially about lives lived around beauty, physical beauty to be precise. Dialogue is smooth, believable and appropriate; the pacing is without flaw.


So, if you feel that way, get a pen name by 5: Tue a gay man to have bought it also took courage. Articles lacking in-text citations from June All articles lacking in-text citations Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with unsourced statements Articles with dane statements from September All stub articles. View all 4 comments. The feeling was one of a different kind of sexual awakening, like I had somehow missed a whole culture of exciting men.

When there’s something to be gained even after the things that were so important at the time have lost their salience and have faded to dim ‘historical context’. It was a continuing bond and that is what Malone and Sutherland were for years, starting that fall: The novel is known for its vivid imagery, lush language, and captivating depiction of gay men searching for love and acceptance in a harsh, dreamlike urban landscape.

In the end Malone escapes once again form his former life once again, but this hollean he plunges into anonymity.

Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran

They began to learn they were not alone and formed a protective—yet celebratory—community. Elizabeth Warren Will Run for President in There are also quite a lot of reviewers who find the character of “Malone” ‘ro An old boyfriend from ! It uses powerful imagery, and a highly descriptive, poetic writing style. Damcer follows a young man, Malone, holleram his years in the city. Malone only wanted to be liked.

I’ve read about the wide use of drugs. I’m wondering how different and how much the same things are in that life today. Witticisms yes, but ones forced by the need to be accepted and loved.