Forgetting Elena PDF á Paperback

Forgetting Elena PDF á Paperback 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. WILLIAM2 WILLIAM2 says:

    The novel is structurally and thematically interesting there s a brilliant patterning of motifs but these things can t thread the component parts together It s a novel of manners The narrator has no apparent backstory and an almost pathologically selective memory He wakes on an island in a cottage shared with other men, all of whom are subject to some unwritten code of behavior


  2. 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 mysteriou


  3. 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 to this path Whether that is our loss or not, be thankful that what exists in his baroque style is out there I am Off to Fire Island pssstI think the book is, like, a metaphorssss


  4. 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 cupp


  5. Kristen Kristen says:

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


  6. Shannon Shannon says:

    One of my favorite novels very haunting.


  7. Kostas Kanellopoulos Kostas Kanellopoulos says:

    so forgettable in every way


  8. 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 tran


  9. James Payne James Payne says:

    Perplexing, sterile, crystallized There are aspects that feel well seen anxiety, social climbing, descriptions of poetry And then there s everything else I began to think of it as some caricature of an European art house film, but in text, on Fire Island, and queer Largely opaque I considered rereading it, as I ve read and enjoyed so much of White s work that it seems odd to come away from his


  10. Myles Myles says:

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


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