BOOKS ⚦ Forgetting Elena Author Edmund White –

BOOKS ⚦ Forgetting Elena  Author Edmund White – Combining Glittering Wit, An Atmosphere Dense In Social Paranoia, And A Breathtaking Elegance And Precision Of Language, White S First Novel Suggests A Hilarious Apotheosis Of The Comedy Of Manners For, On The Privileged Island Community Where Forgetting Elena Takes Place, Manners Are Everything Or So It Seems To White S Excruciatingly Self Conscious Young Narrator Who Desperately Wants To Be Accepted In This World Where Everything From One S Bathroom Habits To The Composition Of Spontaneous Poetry Is Subject To Rigid Conventions.

10 thoughts on “Forgetting Elena

  1. Bloodorange Bloodorange says:

    I read Forgetting Elena because a student wished to write a paper on this book, and because I knew completely nothing about White When I mentioned some features typical of queer literature she looked at me, puzzled, and said But this is his debut He wasn t writing about homosexuality at the time Forgetting Elena is a very queer book disguised as a parable It is set in a mysteri

  2. Cody Cody says:

    Everything you need to know about E White was said better than I ever could by David M elsewhere To paraphrase, his earliest works demonstrate that he could have been a modern Proust had he chose to stick t...

  3. Inderjit Sanghera Inderjit Sanghera says:

    There is a strange, almost hypnagogic cadence to Edmund White s prose the reader becomes slowly embedded in his shadowy and sable world, coalesced with the grey, bleak atmosphere which pervades his novel are explosions of light and brightness, as he prose fulminates into a series of incandescent images A wind said incantations and hypnotised a match flame up and out of someone s cu

  4. Kristen Kristen says:

    like bizarre and just barely audible music totally original to my ear utterly loved it.

  5. Shannon Shannon says:

    One of my favorite novels very haunting.

  6. Myles Myles says:

    A big gay thought experiment Reminded me of Jared French s painting, State Park.

  7. David David says:

    This is reminiscent of teenage college years angst of an overly self aware and severely self critical person.

  8. Derick Derick says:

    everything seems as static as a tapestry that keeps becoming abstract

  9. Larry Massaro Larry Massaro says:

    This is the third time I ve read Forgetting Elena, the first time possibly three decades ago Its originality still thrills me Not quite a fantasy, and certainly not realistic, it reads like an account of a dream As if you woke up and remembered precise shards of what might just have been a nightmare, and you know exactly what elements from your waking life it dramatized, but all weirdly transf

  10. Heather Heather says:

    Forgetting Elena starts out slow and strange it s unsettling and apt, the way it unfolds It s narrated by a man staying in a summer cottage with a group of other men He seems new to the group and pathologically unsure of his place in it, or his place in the world, or just himself he worries about being the first one awake, the first one using the bathroom will anyone care Do they have a set orde

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