The Beauty of Men: A Novel

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Morrow, 1996 - Fiction - 272 pages
12 Reviews
With the Beauty of Men comes Holleran's third novel, a brilliant, passionate, lyrical story of a man ashamed to be mourning the loss of his own youth as so many around him die young. Andrew Holleran follows Lark, the main character, on a series of trips to a Florida nursing home to care for his mother and on excursions to a local boat ramp, the gym, and the baths - all the while introducing a remarkable cast of characters both in the present and in Lark's memory of his life in Manhattan. A universal tale of loneliness, aging, and the obsessive desires of the human heart, The Beauty of Men is both moving and full of dark humor, bleak but erotic.

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User Review  - Kevin - Goodreads

My feelings about this book are a little complicated. Very little happens - the narrator pines after a one-night stand while caring for his quadriplegic, elderly mother. Things don't come to a head ... Read full review

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User Review  - Adam - Goodreads

Although I find Holleran's writing to be beautiful especially when setting the scenes endlessly switching from flashback to flashback, I couldn't get into the content with enough conviction. Lark is ... Read full review


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Beyond Sexuality
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Limited preview - 2000
Beyond Sexuality
Tim Dean
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About the author (1996)

Andrew Holleran, a Harvard graduate, is a well-known journalist and frequent contributor to major gay publications. "Dancer from the Dance, " his first novel, was originally published in 1978 to great critical acclaim. He is also the author of "Nights in Aruba, The Beauty of Men, Ground Zero, In the Mirror of Men's Eyes, " and "In September, the Light Changes.

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