{Free ePUB} Dancer from the DanceAuthor Andrew Holleran – Bilb-weil.de

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ALAN HOLLINGHURST Astonishingly beautiful The best gay novel written by anyone of our generation Harpers A life changing read for me Describes a New York that has completely disappeared and for which I longed stuck in closed on Sunday s London Rupert EverettYoung, divinely beautiful and tired of living a lie, Anthony Malone trades life as a seemingly straight, small town lawyer for the disco lit decadence of New York ss gay scene Joining an unbridled world of dance parties, saunas, deserted parks and orgies at its centre Malone befriends the flamboyant queen, Sutherland, who takes this new arrival under his preened wing But for Malone, the endless city nights and Fire Island days, are close to burning out It is love that Malone is longing for, and soon he will have to set himself free First published in , Dancer from the Dance is widely considered the greatest, most exciting novel of the post Stonewall generation Told with wit, eroticism and unashamed lyricism, it remains a heart breaking love letter to New York s hedonistic past, and a testament to the brilliance of our passions as they burn brightest

15 thoughts on “Dancer from the Dance

  1. Charlie Melvoin Charlie Melvoin says:

    I somehow had never heard of this book until recently and found it absolutely incredible He creates a world that you inhabit from start to finish, full of rich characters and fun moment but also full of profound reflection on not just what it was like to be gay in that era but what it means to be alone, to seek companionship, to pursue or not pursue one s ambition It s one of few books I look forward to reading a second time.

  2. schumann_bg schumann_bg says:

    This novel has long been my favourite on the gay experience, recalling a time when gay life was at its zenith very sexual, underground, very linked to a certain kind of music and nocturnal life in certain cities It was before Aids which gave the characters in this book maximum freedom, even if fulfilment remains, to some extent, elusive But that is all part of its strange hold it is really a hymn to longing, extended over 250 pages The writing itself mirrors this, creating an effect rather like a mirage You do not feel so much close to the characters as becoming one with their element The beautiful sentences, the almost relentless elegance of the writing, create something that suddenly takes you over, seduces you completely, a bit like one of those perfect nights at the disco you never wanted to end, where each song would take you higher The disco evoked here with such magic is called The 12th Floor and Holleran gets superbly the sense of desire and hope that percolates through the spangly lights and the darker recesses To actually see anyone s face too closely would be like the harsh light of day on some precious and fragile artifact Botticelli s illustrations of Dante, perhaps The image may be faint, but under the right light the magic may be fully apprehended by those who really want to see it It reminds me a bit of the Buddhist saying Happiness IS the way

  3. M.I. M.I. says:

    A highly courageous work of its day, dealing with gay life and affairs in a still deeply hostile and ignorant society at the time To UK and other foreign readers, its setting is difficult to imagine, since this is in New York and close by, although the author himself is UK born To a point, its theme is familiar in other ways, the need to remain secret in society and the gradual death of a number of characters, AIDS At least this realistic for its time, not the thematic death of anyone gay see Death in Venice for a particularly absurd version of this If this gay material is to your taste, follow Holleran s writing, later work in particular.

  4. Will Will says:

    Wonderful novel that entirely evokes a lost world Beautifully ephemeral like the characters described Sad with the hindsight of the toll AIDS would have , wistful but also uplifting to read about a generation of men living their lives without fear or compromise Highly recommended.

  5. Mr. Dominic E. Chapman Mr. Dominic E. Chapman says:

    what can I say that hasn t been written about this it can be hard work, particularly understanding the first pages of letters, but keep going and suddenly it all makes sense a wonderful time capsule of a book, now, reading this its in that collection of must reads for anyone gay, or looking at NYC for the period or wanting to read a narrative about a snapshot of a group of people in a key time.

  6. Ralph Ralph says:

    This hurts in places A really good read and the story is very good There are some aspects of this book that get a little close to the bone and cut into the soul If you are gay and lived in this time you may see your own face in the mirror and know exactly what the author is writing about and that can sometime hurt However if you can put up this some stark truths then you will enjoy the bulk of this book.

  7. Jane Cooper Jane Cooper says:

    I read this book after reading an article where Rupert Everett named this as one of his favourite books I m an avid reader but other than the Well of Loneliness have never read any other gay literature This book catapulted me into 1970s New York gay society, and what an amazing ride this book was, the protagonist Malone is initially a complicated vulnerable character who gradually gets sucked into the gay scene and eventually embraces it with abandon After reading this book, I can honestly say that for the first time in my life I wanted to be 1 male and 2 gay and 3 living in New York this coming from a 47 year old heterosexual woman If you want a book that is beautiful and shocking and hedonistic and vivid with life and colour then read this, you really will not be disappointed.

  8. FreudBoy FreudBoy says:

    Lyrical, elegiac and with evocations of urban life that is as good as anything you will ever read I agree that this is the Gay Gatsby To consider it was written at the time by someone so young makes the achievement all the remarkable.

  9. P. Evans P. Evans says:

    Great read thanks

  10. jrs jrs says:

    Book arrived safely from US in pretty good condition

  11. P. P P. P says:

    A great novel that any one should have read once I keep offering it to my friends.It s full of humour, wit and kink

  12. Steve Steve says:

    This is an amazing book It has two of modern fiction s most memorable characters Malone, enigmatic, charming and seaqrching for an elusive happiness and Sutherland, the queen to end all queens And it is set in a background of New York in the sixties and seventies which most of us can only imagine Indeed, the book is as much about New York as its human characters and its portrayal of gay life is comic, tragic, gross and elegaic by turns This is a book which has inspired others but is like no other It portrays a lifestyle that is compelling and disturbing at the same time and which is both compulsive and repellent for those who are living it I ended up wishing I had been there and being thankful I was not for it was a destructive life that was also irresistible.

  13. Sean Sean says:

    Reading this novel for the second time allowed me to gain greater insight in to the gay world of the 70 and early 80 s the social, cultural and political are seamlessly intertwined with the romantic.

  14. AB AB says:

    After reading some reviews of this book I was expecting a good read, i found however that it was lacking in narrative When reading through the book there was no real storey to get into, the only reason I finished reading it was so I could discuss it at a book club It is certainly very much in the moment of 70s New York, really not a very uplifting read.

  15. Jessica Sullivan Jessica Sullivan says:

    What lover could possibly have matched what Malone had stored up in his imagination I read somewhere that Edmund White compared Dancer from the Dance to The Great Gatsby, and it really is an apt comparison in so many ways.The setting places us in the midst of New York s emerging gay scene in the 1970s, and Malone is our Gatsby Fewer than 20 pages in we are told what kind of story this will be it s about doomed queens, about why life is sad, and what people do for love gay or not.Like The Great Gatsby, the narrator is an unnamed person observing the beautiful and larger than life Malone Malone is taken under the wing of Sutherland, a seasoned queen who watches over him and cares for him as a best friend At first, Malone romanticizes the idea of falling in love, but soon becomes jaded, realizing that this is nothing than a hopeful delusion, and resigning himself to a life of shallow hedonism.Life for Malone and Sutherland is one big party, filled with sex and drugs and dancing But just as Fitzgerald exposed the dark heart of the glamorous 1920s, Holleran reveals the undercurrent of hollow melancholy and futile longing beneath all the surface beauty and carnal pleasures.The writing is gorgeous and evocative, the story tender and wistful It s a beautiful work of fiction about two best friends living the only life they know.