Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran

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Read Dancer from the Dance Online Free - One of the most important works of gay literature, this haunting, brilliant novel is a seriocomic remembrance of things past -- and still poignantly present. It depicts the adventures of Malone, a beautiful young man searching for love amid New York's emerging gay scene. From Manhattan's Everard Baths and after-hours discos to Fire Island's deserted parks and lavish orgies, Malone looks high and low for meaningful companionship. The person he finds is Sutherland, a campy quintessential queen -- and one of the most memorable literary creations of contemporary fiction. Hilarious, witty, and ultimately heartbreaking, Dancer from the Dance is truthful, provocative, outrageous fiction told in a voice as close to laughter as to tears.

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ISBN : 0060937068
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 250 pages


DoctorM rated it ★★★★★

March 18, 2010

I first read "Dancer From The Dance" long, long ago, in my days at New Haven. Someone at the old Atticus Books recommended it as "the gay Gatsby". It is that, very much so: a novel of doomed romanticism, memory and all its traps, and dreams of new identity. It's set in the lost NYC of the early/m...

Mark rated it ★★★☆☆

February 08, 2008

I'd heard about this book forever and finally got around to reading it. I waffled between liking it and appreciating it as I was reading it. The writing is unique and effective. But I felt like I was reading the same twenty pages over and over and over again. Which is, ultimately, the point. It's...

Jason rated it ★★★★☆

January 23, 2015

This was a great look at the 70s gay community. It felt a little like a trip down memory lane and since I wasn't there, I didn't get all the inside comments.

Glenn rated it ★★★★☆

June 28, 2015

Andrew Holleran's groundbreaking 1978 novel is a lyrical, funny and elegiac book about a certain segment of gay life in mid-to-late 70s New York City. The modern reader will appreciate the glimpse into post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS urban gay life, with its discos, tea dances and all-night parties. Some...

Joseph rated it ★★★★★

July 22, 2011

first off--it's been forever since i've read a novel. second--it took me no time at all to understand that this was "literature" and not some trashy recounting of promiscuous sex, drugs, and fire island. third--i was blown away with this book. i couldn't help thinking after reading it. the charac...

Kevin rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 05, 2013

A narcissist meets a solipsist and thus is born a gay classic? Ugh. There were moments when a lustful impulse is rendered convincingly, but I really couldn't care very much for these characters. Maybe it's a generational thing. Found the "friendship" between Malone and Sutherland unlikely -- unle...

Scott rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 05, 2009

Am I allowed to dislike this book?

Deanna Against Censorship rated it ★★★☆☆

December 25, 2014

None of all the bonds between homosexual friends, now was greater than that between the friends who danced together. 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. It was a con...

Lena♥Ribka rated it ★★★☆☆

August 07, 2016

"Yes, that is all that's left when love has gone. Dancing." There are books I don't care if I like it or not. But there are books that I hope a lot to love when I pick them up. Dancer from the Dance is one of those books I wanted desperately to love. It is why I didn't give up, even when I sta...

Mia rated it ★★★★★

May 10, 2015

I remember when I first picked up this book in Santa Barbara, turned the first page I couldn't put it down. The feeling was one of a different kind of sexual awakening, like I had somehow missed a whole culture of exciting men. I know that I became obsessed with books about gay men thereafter. Bu...

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