A Place I've Never Been

A Place I've Never Been➳ [Read] ➮ A Place I've Never Been By David Leavitt ➾ – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk A collection of ten stories which explore the joys and agonies of love and friendship Each of the stories illuminates a dark corner of human existance Some are amusing and some are tragic The author a A collection of ten stories which I've Never ePUB ↠ explore the joys and agonies of love and friendship Each of the stories illuminates a dark corner of human existance Some are amusing and some are tragic The author also wrote Family Dancing , The Lost Language of Cranes and Equal AffectionsContents A place I ve never been Spouse night My marriage to vengeance Ayor Gravity Houses When you grow to adultery I see London, I see France Chips is here Roads to Rome. So, you know how people talk about a golden age of short story writing that took place during the 1980s I often fantasize about that era, and try to find the writers who were part of it This book was written in 1990, but Leavitt s first collection came out in 1984, and I wonder if he s part of the whole 1980s short story phenomenon One of these stories made me cry, another gave me chills If you re wondering what kind of stories these are, they re hard realism my favorite , contemporary su So, you know how people talk about a golden age of short story writing that took place during the 1980s I often fantasize about that era, and try to find the writers who were part of it This book was written in 1990, but Leavitt s first collection came out in 1984, and I wonder if he s part of the whole 1980s short story phenomenon One of these stories made me cry, another gave me chills If you re wondering what kind of stories these are, they re hard realism my favorite , contemporary subjects, and most, if not all, have a gay character or a few The title, which is also the title of the first story, is partly a reference to the college drinking game I ve never, where people go around saying things they ve never done as I m writing it here, it sounds like it could only be trite, but Leavitt manages to bring up the idea of the game again in the last sentence in a way that s both breathtaking and very sad Another thing about this collection that I deeply admired is that Leavitt is gay and writes about characters who are gay, but the stories don t reek of identity politics the way a lot of stuff that was written in the 90s does Nothing preachy or ideologically assertive here at the height of AIDS, Leavitt stood tall and wrote real literature about homosexual characters during a time when many writers merely made a slide from lampooning gay characters to treating them as one sided tragic elements Maybe I m putting too much emphasis on this the point is, anyone can enjoy this book Particularly impressive to me was Leavitt s rendering of the difficulties of friendship A book of short stories Some I likedthan others.Contents as follows with my labels where possible in brackets and a little ..Hopefully, no spoilers.1 A Place I ve Never Been Gay Man Hetero Woman selfish old Queen with his long suffering life prop.2 Spouse Night Heteros Coming to terms with bereavement 3 My Marriage to Vengeance Lesbian.4 Ayor Gay Men 5 Gravity Mother Son 6 Houses Bi Gay Old Bag 7 When You Grow to Adultery Two Timing Gays M 8 I See London I see F A book of short stories Some I likedthan others.Contents as follows with my labels where possible in brackets and a little ..Hopefully, no spoilers.1 A Place I ve Never Been Gay Man Hetero Woman selfish old Queen with his long suffering life prop.2 Spouse Night Heteros Coming to terms with bereavement 3 My Marriage to Vengeance Lesbian.4 Ayor Gay Men 5 Gravity Mother Son 6 Houses Bi Gay Old Bag 7 When You Grow to Adultery Two Timing Gays M 8 I See London I see France Hetero Dating Agency Romance 9 Chips Is Here neighbours Gay M and a cat 10 Roads to Rome A little bit of everything Dying queen straight, holding court over a mixed bag of others Leavitt, a writer I ve in fact warmed to over the years, still makes me cringe a little or a lot when he writes about gay men, which is nearly all the time You wouldn t want to be any of them All very prissily neurotic But this collection of short stories made me realize the pieces with no gay men in them are worse It s as if he s straining to find something else to write about, but that something is never interesting He should relax and just be content to be the Henry James of gay men s Leavitt, a writer I ve in fact warmed to over the years, still makes me cringe a little or a lot when he writes about gay men, which is nearly all the time You wouldn t want to be any of them All very prissily neurotic But this collection of short stories made me realize the pieces with no gay men in them are worse It s as if he s straining to find something else to write about, but that something is never interesting He should relax and just be content to be the Henry James of gay men s literature, which is what he aspires to anyway I wont ever forget finding a copy at the Strand, and reading as much as I could on the bus home to Boston. I d say it sof a 3.5 rating I enjoyed the bulk of the stories here, although somethan others Leaviit has a talent for writing stories with myriad characters that are still unique from one another and memorable think of the opening chapters in War Peace Although it s not my flavour of tea with short stories, those that do have many interacting characters are still amusing to read and the heaviness of some themes is then masked by the consequent lightness of this style The stor I d say it sof a 3.5 rating I enjoyed the bulk of the stories here, although somethan others Leaviit has a talent for writing stories with myriad characters that are still unique from one another and memorable think of the opening chapters in War Peace Although it s not my flavour of tea with short stories, those that do have many interacting characters are still amusing to read and the heaviness of some themes is then masked by the consequent lightness of this style The stories that are my Lady Earl Grey are the slower, less busy andintrospective ones Here, as in his collection of three novellas Arkansas , I m wooed by subtle observations, minute characteristics and fully rounded characters No s si he entendido del todo bien la historia No veo un principio y un final claros No se si he terminado de entender el final Pero bueno, es una lectura m s de la universidad as que lo ten a que leer s o s. A solid collection of short stories, primarily gay themed The writing is lyrical, smooth like beach glass Some of the stories skim the surface, some are deeper, but all address universal issues in unique ways. A collection of truly original and well written strories that adress some very relevant themes concerning our western lifestyle. These were fine But after reading pretty much all of Leavitt s books I have officially become so, so, SO done with neurotic white Jewish gay NYC narratives So done. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here De jonge Amerikaanse schrijver David Leavitt 1961 , van wie ook in Nederlandse vertaling verschenen Familiedans , De verloren taal der kranen en Eendere liefde , verzamelt in deze bundel tien verhalen Vertrouwd maar telkens weer verrassend, want Leavitt slaagt erin de lezer na een aanvankelijke herkenning van een thema, een motief of een personage, mee te slepen in onverwachte wendingen Vertrouwd ook vanwege de niet nieuwe thematiek van ziekte AIDS , dood, liefde, drankproblemen en famil De jonge Amerikaanse schrijver David Leavitt 1961 , van wie ook in Nederlandse vertaling verschenen Familiedans , De verloren taal der kranen en Eendere liefde , verzamelt in deze bundel tien verhalen Vertrouwd maar telkens weer verrassend, want Leavitt slaagt erin de lezer na een aanvankelijke herkenning van een thema, een motief of een personage, mee te slepen in onverwachte wendingen Vertrouwd ook vanwege de niet nieuwe thematiek van ziekte AIDS , dood, liefde, drankproblemen en familieverhoudingen, maar wederom verrassend door de blijkbaar onuitputtelijke kracht waarmee Leavitt zijn thema s almaar verder uitdiept Prachtige verhalen kortom, briljant geschreven, van hoog niveau maar voor iedereen begrijpelijk en amusant Pocketeditie, kleine druk Biblion recensie, Cees van der Pluijm

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  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • A Place I've Never Been
  • David Leavitt
  • English
  • 04 August 2019
  • 0140109595