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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Written just before the AIDS nightmare became reality. Malone then becomes extremely andfew, sleeping with everyone—and forming a curious friendship with a man called Sutherland. Classic gay novel from From its first pages to its last, Dancer from the Dance is shrouded in death, a fact that — given thhe the AIDS epidemic was just around the corner — now appears bitterly ironic. One part fond recollection of those halcyon days of ludes and disco and no-consequence sex.

Katy Chamberlain Probably not, lots of drug and sexual references. But past romanticism has failed me and now all I can see is the glaring omission of non-white characters, the fetishization of Latino men, and Malone suffering under the weight of his own privilege.

The star of this scene is beautiful, blond Malone, who stays holleran the closet–a lawyer, square and chaste–for years, then comes out with a vengeance to become “”one of the famous bodies of homosexual New York.

Reading it in is andrrew bit weird, because you’re out of step with the time.

I will miss Sutherland and Malone and all of the other people that pass in and out of the chapters of this book. And yet — behind the black veil his face was still as innocent and wonder-struck as it was the day he arrived in New York. Is this book appropriate for a 15 year old? Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. It was a peek at a time before HIV was a known element of all of our sexual lives.


About queer counter-culture, and how it’s changed from what is depicted here to what it is today which I have a lot of thoughts about, but now isn’t really the time and here is definitely not the place About youth and beauty and shallowness and shame. Actually love was not what he craved. Notable for the fact that Dancer is a product of the very time it dramatizes, the novel’s lasting strength derives from its heartbreaking depiction of a bathhouse culture proven naive and, ultimately, decimated by the specter of disease.

DANCER FROM THE DANCE by Andrew Holleran | Kirkus Reviews

Malone is simultaneously idol and cautionary tale. Malone was a sad character. But again, context is important. It is the ultimate display of the toxic paragon, and the subtle dangers that can plague our existence. I’m wondering how different and how much the same things are in that life today. From the description I’m sure I would have found Malone a sexy fantasy figure, but the idea holkeran this fellowsucking, fucking indiscriminatingly- being defecated upon- sorry, all you fans of this out there, dahce it’s not something that appeals to me, isn’t a description of a great “Romantic” to me.


Even if you were never on the gay scene, you could identify with Holleran’s hero and his hopes for romance. It uses powerful imagery, and a highly descriptive, poetic writing style.

Jan 31, Mark rated it liked it. It is a coming of age novel for an individual as well as a community.

Truly a stunning look into queer life. Paperbackpages. The other characters in this book are also very well realised; they feel humanand believable.

It hollearn before the self-inflicted narcissism of cocaine. And, without a single character capable of growth, this fiction debut can’t succeed as a novel.


Dancer from the Dance

In closing, I must wonder what younger readers think of this extraordinary book? The 15 Most Stylish Queers of I also liked how the author reminds us that this is about only one segment of the community and comments on everything from that standpoint. This novel is probably my favorite American novel from the post-war period.

Found the “friendship” between Malone and Sutherland unlikely — unless the financial bond between them had been more fleshed out. This really is a great book. There was a problem adding your email address. I could just be gay, or queer, or not even ascribe a label at all.

The novel revolves around two main characters: 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. That is my main issue with this book: Very much recommended, even it’s not your world Holleran is writing about. The only mention of sexual related issues is a case of venereal warts.

Jan 03, Alan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Holleran’s characters — some outrageously heightened, satirized, mythopoetic creatures — are memorable. I just re-read it because it’s been a few years and as sometimes happens, I was reduced to shock and tears that some book-lover I was talking to hadn’t even heard of it, which led me to ask if it still lived up to my own hype.

One came here for very selfish reasons; after all, it was a purely pagan place.