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However—and this is a big however—they all seem to be in much the same situation. After discovering his indiscretions, Frankie threatens to kill Malone, and Malone then runs away, finding solace in the opera-gloved hands of Sutherland, tge extravagant queen who pals around with Egyptian heiresses and impressionable young millionaires he uses to fund his life of drugs and tireless leisure. This scores it some brownie points. Now, I’m scared to read it again, in case it no longer lives up to what I remember.

It’s indulgent but the book is about indulgence. Andrew Holleran’s groundbreaking novel is a lyrical, funny and elegiac book about a certain segment of gay life in mid-to-late 70s New York City.


Published December 18th by Harper Perennial first published May 1st It’s more of a snapshot of their lives and the thoughts and feelings that go with them. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. The writing is unique and effective. There are quaaludes, water sports, and Everard, but there’s a certain self-aware combination of pride and shame that accompanies all stories told about the 70s that is very much present cance this book. If you liked this, make sure to follow me on Goodreads for more reviews!

A narcissist frm a solipsist and thus is born a gay classic? The “dance” of the novel’s title becomes a metaphor for their lives.

He lost all direction and let the group move him through life, or at least Sutherland. The writing is gorgeous and evocative, the story tender and wistful.

Dancer from the Dance

Which is, ultimately, the point. Feb 22, Jason Black rated it really liked it Shelves: After running the entire circuit and back Sutherland hooks Malone up with a man he doesn’t love but is very rich.

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In short, it definitely does. And drugs weren’t the only thing that was approached with danxer and zero sense of self-preservation. Katy Chamberlain Probably not, lots of drug and sexual references.


Though the story is mostly about Malone, many critics consider Sutherland to be one of the best-realized characters in gay literature.

Trivia About Dancer from the Zndrew The unusual narrative style made the distance between me and Malone even bigger. Return to Book Page. Sutherland was a tragic character that could never find what he truly wanted.

Most importantly of all though, this book has no hope; no resolution; no silver lining.

I’d heard about this book forever and finally got around to reading it. Mar 16, Jessica Sullivan rated it really liked it Shelves: Not a good decision.

Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran

Thereafter, he becomes incredibly enamoured with a Puerto Rican man; however, their relationship sours and they become enemies. Classic gay novel from This novel seems quite pessimistic, hollleran without hope. Men pee on each other for fun and profit! Nor beauty born out of its own despair, Nor blear-eyed wisdom out of midnight oil.