- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Posted February 7, 2001
We've been here before
Reading 'Allen Stein' is a literary version of 'Name that Tune'. Ideas and motifs appear, which we have seen in other books. Unfortunately, they appear in much better books. There's the obsession of an adult man with a boy (see 'Death in Venice' by Mann). The story, to an extent, is about a gay man in the literary world spending time in Paris (Edmund White's 'The Married Man'). What else? The story also blends factual information of a real person (please read 'The Hours' by Michael Cunningham). And there's the jumping back and forth in time (such as in 'Now and Then' by William Corlett, and what a surprise, 'The Hours') Look at me, I'm Thomas Mann. I'm Edmund White. Look at me, I'm Sandra Dee. Really, this is the first 'Lammy' winner I've ever read which has been a disappointment. The 'love story' in the book lacks any type of depth. It has neither warmth, hypnotic intensity, or basically good ol' eroticism. Pages are spent describing the boy's ribs and clavical. The passages involving Allan Stein are too simplistic. See Allan on the beach. Run, Allan, run.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 16, 2010
No text was provided for this review.