The Farewell Symphony

The Farewell Symphony

A Novel

eBook - 1997
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A writer looks back on a decade of homosexual affairs on both sides of the Atlantic. In the process he describes the gay man's dilemma, on the one hand he wants the right to be different, on the other he wants to be accepted as normal.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c1997
Characteristics: 413 p. ; 24 cm

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Feb 14, 2016

Sentimental, tragic, and a very interesting history of the life of a homosexual in the 20th century. This fiction is the third in White's trilogy, and it is a fitting end. After decades of groundbreaking freedoms and promiscuity, our narrator now ages into an era of AIDS and death.

White has a real knack for composing powerful sentences. I came across passage after passage that were beautiful enough to want to read out loud.

I believe this concludes my excursion into Gay Lit, at least for the present. I appreciated the introduction to a wonderful writer, and an alternative perspective and lifestyle.

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