The Beauty Of Men

The Beauty Of Men A universal tale of loneliness aging and the desires of the human heart Holleran s long awaited third novel tells the brilliant passionate story of a man ashamed to be mourning the loss of his own

  • Title: The Beauty Of Men
  • Author: Andrew Holleran
  • ISBN: 9780330352901
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Paperback
  • A universal tale of loneliness, aging, and the desires of the human heart, Holleran s long awaited third novel tells the brilliant, passionate story of a man ashamed to be mourning the loss of his own youth as so many around him die young Lark is obsessed with the beauty of youth and his own mortality, his hairline and the loss of so many of his friends to AIDS, and, abovA universal tale of loneliness, aging, and the desires of the human heart, Holleran s long awaited third novel tells the brilliant, passionate story of a man ashamed to be mourning the loss of his own youth as so many around him die young Lark is obsessed with the beauty of youth and his own mortality, his hairline and the loss of so many of his friends to AIDS, and, above all, with a stunningly virile man who haunts his days and his dreams.

    • ☆ The Beauty Of Men || È PDF Read by í Andrew Holleran
      499 Andrew Holleran
    • thumbnail Title: ☆ The Beauty Of Men || È PDF Read by í Andrew Holleran
      Posted by:Andrew Holleran
      Published :2020-07-19T07:13:05+00:00

    About " Andrew Holleran "

  • Andrew Holleran

    Andrew Holleran is the pseudonym of Eric Garber, a novelist, essayist, and short story writer He is a prominent novelist of post Stonewall gay literature He was a member of The Violet Quill, a gay writer s group that met briefly from 1980 81.

  • 114 Comments

  • Selected by my boyfriend after an argument where he accused me of never reading the books he recommends to me, I was disappointed that the entire reading experience made me feel like a passive witness, recognizing the undeniable literary brilliance, but only feeling it at a distant, cold remove. This was particularly disappointing considering this is one of his very favorite books. Rather than empathizing with the overwhelming despondency over the way the AIDs crisis, geographical isolation, per [...]


  • More than a book about the aftermath of the AIDS crisis this is really a book about aging in a youth obsessed gay culture. I had made the decision to read all of Holleran’s work after reading Dancer from the Dance and Grief, but after reading this book and Nights in Aruba, I am rethinking.Ultimately concern about growing old, especially to this mid-life crisis level presented in the book, just seems so vain. I’ve heard this story before from others, how they are now invisible when they go in [...]


  • This is a very controlled novel about isolation. Published in 1997, it is the story of a gay man who has been almost entirely cut off by the gay community. Because of the AIDS crisis, he finds virtually no gay men his age to befriend. Younger men have no desire to know him, for a variety of reasons: He is not young, he is not powerful and he is not wealthy. Above all, the specter of AIDS causes other gay men to be wary of him. He is a pariah among gay men due to his date of birth.This novel coul [...]


  • 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 our main character torn between leaving NYC for "twelve days" and now, twelve years later, Lark, 47 yrs old, is still here in Gainsville, Florida taking care of his quadriplegic mother and reminiscing on the earlier days of youth and beauty and men He becomes a stalker, obsessing over a sexual encoun [...]


  • Dolor, depresión, soledad, silencio, obsesión sentimientos y sensaciones oscuras pero brillantemente narradas y poéticamente descritas en esta novela de Holleran sobre el devastador paisaje que enfrenta Lark, un hombre gay mayor que ha visto su mundo derrumbarse, sus amigos morir de una indescriptible plaga, su belleza juvenil desaparecida; a quien solo le quedan el cuidado de la madre cuadraplégica en un hogar para ancianos, el ir y venir a lugares de cruising en los que se sabe en la desve [...]


  • 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 until the book is almost over. Holleran is a real charmer with description, and I love how expansive and meditative he is. The main character is a self-admitted hypocrite when it comes to judging others for their age and beauty. He suffers a loneliness that we watch him inflict on those around him. Th [...]


  • Perhaps one of the most haunting books I've ever read, with sentences that still resonate for me. It's a depressing read, if you're a gay man of a certain age, but it is Holleran's langorous writing that lifts this book into an art form.


  • I am glad this book exists, because it captures the impact of a horrible disease on a particular group of people at a specific moment in time. But man I did not love reading this book. The narrator is so sad, so defeated, in ways that elicit frustration more than sympathy.


  • Anything Holleran writes is pretty much sacred to me. An achingly beautiful novel with prose that practically sings.


  • Not necessarily universal, but an exploration of what can happen to Gay men who are aging and alone. It is colored somewhat by the effects of the AIDS epidemic on survivors in the 90's. Still for those who still have time, it is a warning to prepare yourself for your elder years.The comparison of Lark's and his mother's situation is apt.9 of 10 stars


  • In his third novel Andrew Holleran explores the subjects of aging and loss. The protagonist is Lark, a middle aged gay man who is faced with the cold truth of lost youth. Lark's life is filled with aimless midnight cruising and lonely moments of despair in his empty apartment. He has lost his professional drive a long time ago and most of his closest friends have fallen victim to the AIDS epidemic. Lark's whole existence is completely saturated with the dull despair of someone who grieves after [...]


  • Lark is in his late forties, a single gay man he left New York in the 1980s to care for his ailing mother in north Florida. In New York he had an active social life clubbing with his friends, but now twelve years since leaving most of his friends are gone, victims of AIDS, and in Florida has made few new friends other than a few men he meets at the boat ramp, a remote meeting place for gay men. It is at the boat ramp the he meets Becker, a handsome younger man he falls in love with and with whom [...]


  • "The Beauty of Men” is a poignant story of loss and loneliness told from the perspective of Lark, 47 years old, residing in Florida to take care of his invalid mother. Lark was young in the heyday of the 70’s when beautiful men enjoyed a carefree hedonism yet unaffected by the AIDS epidemic. It is a sad story filled with pathos and angst, as Lark recounts his friends from his glory days (all of whom have died), while he is aging alone without love, yet continually seeking it in the places he [...]


  • Very eloquent description of life of a gay man in the mid-1980's. Lark has moved to Florida to care for his mother for the past twelve years after she fell and broke her neck. Over the same time period he has watched several of his New York friends die from AIDS. He has a sexual encounter with Becker, a man a little over a decade younger, and becomes almost obsessed with the man. While dealing with his mother's care and his loss of friends, he also tries to deal with growing older in the gay com [...]


  • I love how many truths there are in this book related to aging, sexuality and being alone. There's an unforgettable line in it - "When you need a mother, anyone's mother will do." A good friend of mine is a gay man serving a long prison sentence, and he has lamented about aging and living a life devoid of healthy romantic fulfillment. I gave him a copy of this book and it was great conversation fodder. This is a powerful, honest book.




  • This book made me rethink my life as a gay man. I realized through this novel that youth and beauty are not all they are cracked up to be. I recommend this book to any millennial gay male, and reconnect with the pain suffered by our gay forefathers. AIDS ravaged a whole generation and this book is a recollection of that aftermath. The pausing of death through injury and disease, is a deep theme here and it came at a time in my life when I needed to hear about it.


  • The novel is a bleak but beautiful rendering of a forty-seven year-old man who has buried most of his friends having died from AIDS. He also takes care of his mother (for twelve years) until she dies. Answer to the question why gay men are promiscuous is so great:“‘Because,’ he said—thinking, Because sex is wonderful, and who wouldn’t want to do it as much as possible? Because sex is ecstasy, and there’s no ecstasy left in this civilization anymore. Because we thought penicillin coul [...]


  • I loved this bleak story of loneliness. So cleverly written. I'm afraid it only goes in one direction though so be prepared to feel melancholy! As often when I choose a book, I was intrigued by a world I knew little about and that world was revealed - during a sad time - the 80s and the explosion of AIDS.


  • This book is pretty reflective on the consequences of vanity in gay male culture. I'm enjoying it quite a bit, and have always enjoyed Andrew Hollerans' books for the cattiness and their frank discussion I find missing from most mediums that depict gay men.




  • indulgent and great for anyone who loves holleran because he's oh-so consistent in themes (indulgent male homos pre and post the insurrection of AIDS).



  • A sometimes melancholy, sometimes depressing look at aging in the gay culture, a post-AIDS crisis look at a survivor, beautifully written by a gifted author.



  • A must read for people aging and revising their outlook on life. The main character in this book is much deeper than the main character in Holleran's first novel (Dancer from the Dance).



  • Post Your Comment Here

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *