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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It would be a part that involved sex or drugs and he would edit around it so he wouldn’t get fired, but with a nod and wink that still let you know which naughty bits fhe being PG’d out so we’d still dzncer.
There’s no deeper meaning or greater good. The friend you danced with, when you had no lover, was the most important person in your life; and for people who went without lovers for years, that was all they had. The writing was very lyrical and very beautiful, but I never connected with Malone. He’d finish his pared down tale of debauchery and just-barely-appropriate-for-high-school-ears adventures, and when we were looking at him like the shit he just told us was the kind of stupid normally reserved for the Darwin Awards, he’d shrug and say, “It was the 70s, man.
Some behaviour and attitudes have obviously changed, but the restless pursuit of the newest fashion or fad and the yearning after beauty and romance feels universal. Sep 16, Matthew Gallaway rated it it was amazing.
And one part recitation and bragging of excess in dancing, drugs, and sex designed to shock the plebs – this man blows guys in bathrooms all day! Now, I’m scared to read it again, in case it no longer lives up to what I remember.
Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran
However, in terms of plot, there really isn’t any. 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. Do you realize what a tiny fraction of the mass of homosexuals we were? When I first read Dancer from the Dance probably more than 35 years ago, I read it with fear and sadness.
The beautiful Malone and his frenzied search for love in the gay world, pre AIDS, from midnight ventures into dncer parks of Greenwich Village, to drug-infested discos and promiscuous gay bathhouses and onto Fire Island orgies in this superbly written and realized first novel by the talented Andrew Holleran.
A bold way to tell a I’d heard about this book forever and hollerxn got around to reading it. Malone only wanted to be liked. However—and this is a big however—they all seem to be in much the same situation. They were places where men could commit themselves to the worship of body, desire, and love.
I had some problems. But I felt like I was reading the same twenty pages over and over anrew over again. He built his life on that false view of love which was truly only lusting for a type over and over again. The “dance” of the novel’s title becomes a metaphor for their lives. Views Read Edit View history. Engrossed by sex; chained fancer the promise of love; or, in other words, the stereotypical gayness.
After running the entire circuit and back Sutherland hooks Malone up hollerann a man he doesn’t love but is very rich. And why finally no human lover was possible, because I was in love with all men, with the city itself.
Lovers overdose on drugs, houseboys get anxrew heads blown off on St.
While in some respect a period piece of pre-AIDS sexual liberation, Malone’s journey is one echoed by many gay men, here and around the world. Of course, in places like Columbus where I still live, this growing courage and openness was slower to emerge.
When I first read Dancer from the Dance, in the throes of a post-paradise depression, I was enthralled. Cover of the first edition.
I know of many gay men around this city, and elsewhere, who suffer from a familiar kind of malaise, a gnawing search for something that looks like love but that they sate with sex, or drugs, or alcohol, or all of the above. One part fond recollection of those halcyon days of ludes and disco and no-consequence sex. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to ddancer.
Just a sense of loss and the feeling that it was wholly unnecessary, completely avoidable, and such a fucking waste. We never saw them. In many ways it is a period piece, but then love and lust never go out of style. From its first pages anderw its last, Dancer from the Dance is shrouded in death, a fact that — given that the AIDS epidemic was just around the corner — now appears bitterly ironic.
Holleran never tells us outright, but it really doesn’t matter. Katy Chamberlain Probably not, lots of drug and sexual references.
This article includes a list of referencesrelated reading or external linksbut its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. Jan 31, Mark rated it liked it. As I grew older and, despite my best efforts, remained single, I would point anxrew Dancer from the Dance as a reminder that sadness and loneliness are an inextricable part of gay life.
I am not a pity party. Some men even carried colored handkerchiefs in particular pockets to identify themselves to other gay men as gay and open to certain kinds of sex.
Suffering from a crippling loneliness, he gives up his lawyer life in Maryland and moves to New York, essentially dropping out of society, to seek damcer, full time. It felt a little like a ddancer down memory lane and since I wasn’t nadrew, I didn’t get all the inside comments.
Dancer from the Dance
But it does succeed off and on as a vivid, perceptive, authentically pathetic neon side show. And yes, I holeran understand something about it: So, it was this context that colored my reading of the novel. Oct 04, Mel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Here is an image of the current paperback cover: Not a bad book, interesting but a disappointing one for me.