Friends had always recommended this work to me, but I'd avoided it, having read Holleran's other work and found it really pretentious, when not sad. I finally gave in. Dancer is exasperating: it is a 70s period piece, yet parts of it apply so succinctly to late 90s gay life, almost as if the AIDS crisis never happened. Unsettling. Parts of the novel are very well-written, but be warned: like all of Holleran's books, there is a lot of purple prose here. And despite my criticism, it is worth reading and deserves its place as a classic.
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