Before I started reading Andrew Holleran’s Dancer from the Dance, I felt protective of it. Its reputation made me feel that it was my duty to read it. That magical first summer in P-town, almost ten years ago, I also discovered Andrew Holleran’s Dancer from the Dance, a gay novel that was. Dancer from the Dance: A Novel [Andrew Holleran] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. One of the most important works of gay literature, this.

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Though there seems not to be much to the plot, it is the fresh imagery and compelling dialogue that makes this an important book about the search for love and self-acceptance hooleran a harsh world.


Now of all the bonds between homosexual friends, none was greater than that between the friends who danced together. This is not a story I can’t really hilleran with on an emotional level, oddly enough much in the same way a stereotypical heterosexual romance can leave me quite cold.

Retrieved from ” https: Aug 14, Chase rated it it was amazing Shelves: Works by Andrew Holleran. Classic gay novel from Love, love will tear us apart again and so sung Joy Divison and in this novel Malone is ripped to pieces. It is there that he teams up with Sutherland, the necessary Queen who helps him on his futile, yet honorable, journey to seek love.

The historical setting of the 70s spot on. Refresh hollera try again. Now, I’m scared to read it again, in case it no longer lives up to what I remember. From the description Holleraj sure I anrdew have found Malone a sexy fantasy figure, but the idea of this fellowsucking, fucking indiscriminatingly- being defecated upon- sorry, all you fans of this out there, but it’s not something that appeals to me, isn’t a description of a great “Romantic” to me.


Found the “friendship” between Malone and Sutherland unlikely — unless the financial bond between them had been more fleshed out. This is why I gave it 4 stars, because it made me reflect and gain perspective on a way of life I couldn’t really live. Someone at the old Atticus Books recommended it as “the gay Gatsby”. Af Love, love will tear us apart again and so sung Joy Divison and in this novel Malone is ripped to pieces.

Brilliant; I feel like such an atypical and dissatisfied queer after hollera read. A book about a stark world of need and drugs, without the reality of either.

When I first read Dancer from the Dance, in the throes of a post-paradise depression, I was enthralled. Death, like sex, is made garish and over the top — thus stripping both of their power — and the two are linked, if not the same.

DANCER FROM THE DANCE by Andrew Holleran | Kirkus Reviews

Nov 23, John Rimbaud rated it liked it. For a gay man to have bought it also took courage. The other characters in this book are also very well realised; they feel humanand believable. Lists with This Book. It was not untilafter yet another police raid at a bar in New York, when a tipping point was reached. If you really are serious about writing this kind of thing—and not merely telling a good story—then you have to understand that human life must have hope as well as sadness in order to feel real.

On that note, the title is borrowed from a line in the poem, “Among School Ch I remember when I first picked up this book in Santa Barbara, turned the first page I couldn’t put it down. It should be required reading for every student of American history and fiction.

Just a sense of loss and the feeling that it was wholly unnecessary, completely avoidable, and such a fucking waste. I was kind of sad when I finished this book. But the marriage never happens, since Sutherland dies of an overdose and Malone disappears suicides?


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There is no hilarity in this book. Which is, ultimately, the point. One hand I appreciated the novel as a window into pre-AIDS, post Stonewall, urban gay culture, but on the other hand I was repelled by the constant, casual racism and antisemitism spewing from the main characters.

The language is beautiful, ornate, and erudite, but also raunchy and hilarious and witty in the old British tradition as Holl This novel is probably my favorite American novel from the post-war period.

I’m glad I finished it, but I have to admit- unfortunately- that I didn’t completely get it. That world was alien danxe me, ffom I shared the clubland belief in the redemptive power of dance and the enchantments of beauty female beauty, for I first read “Dancer From The Dance” long, long ago, fro my days at New Haven. And drugs weren’t the only thing that was approached with abandon and zero sense of self-preservation.

There are quaaludes, water sports, and Everard, but there’s a certain self-aware combination of pride and shame that frmo all stories told about the 70s that is very much present in this book. That is my main issue with this book: The real difference is the freedom that comes with 40 years of change and perspective. However, in terms of plot, there really isn’t any.

Dancer from the Dance

This book is very well written. Books by Andrew Holleran. The writing is unique and effective. The person he finds is Sutherland, a campy quintessential queen — and one of the most memorable literary creations of contemporary fiction.

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