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It’s frustating but the book is about frustration.

View all 4 comments. Anthony Malone, a handsome, young gay man from Ohio, comes to seek the gay life of New York City in the s. Such a life, however, turns out not to be enough. The feeling was one of a different kind of sexual awakening, like I had somehow missed a whole culture of exciting men.

What was written to shock is now met with, “Ah yes, I’ve read much about the sexual revolution of the s.

There were things I appreciated about this book. Proud owner of a William Morrow first edition.

Mar 21, Alex Stargazer rated it liked it Recommends it for: Maybe if he had chosen a career that satisfied him and felt that he could tell his family the truth about himself he would have had an anchor for his life. Dialogue is smooth, believable and appropriate; the pacing is without flaw. When there’s something to be gained even after the things that were so important at the time have lost their salience and have faded to dim ‘historical context’. Even still in many places a lesbian or gay man can get legally married today and be legally fired for it tomorrow.


Of course, in places like Columbus where I still live, this growing courage and openness was slower to emerge. After running the entire circuit and back Sutherland hooks Malone up with a man he doesn’t love but is very rich.

Dancer from the Dance

The writing was good. It was not untilafter yet another police raid at a bar in New York, when a tipping point was reached. This novel is probably my favorite American novel from the post-war period. 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.

From the description I’m sure I would 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.

Oct 04, Mel rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book has a lot to say, and very little is about the plot what plot?

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A bold way to tell about an experience by giving you that th on a different level. Though this change toward dajcer openness began to take hold in New York and San Francisco, gay life for most people was still underground. Mar 31, Meridith rated it really liked it. It’s not a romantic kind of hurt. He spends the entire novel trying to recreate a love he tired of by the changing of the season, only to realize The aim is clear: This was a great look at the 70s gay community.

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. With Dancer from the DanceAndrew Holleran has written a story about an emerging gay community seeking to understand and celebrate what it is to desire and search for love as a gay man, and what it means to learn to love oneself as a sexual minority in a straight world.


That world was alien to me, but I shared the clubland belief in the redemptive power of dance and the enchantments of beauty female beauty, for me. Engrossed by sex; chained by the promise of love; or, in other words, the stereotypical gayness.

Malone is simultaneously idol and cautionary tale. Aug 14, Chase rated it it was amazing Shelves: I like the time and place of the book but I wanted more heart.

Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran

I’d heard about this book forever and finally got around to reading it. 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. So, dancef you feel that way, get a pen name by 5: I could just be gay, or queer, or not even ascribe a fom at all.

I never regarded Malone as a romantic person, though I kept telling about it continuously.