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Posted February 8, 2009
"Nights in Aruba" is Holleran's second book, written in 1983.
"Nights in Aruba" is Holleran's second book, written in 1983. <BR/><BR/>Paul the narrator of "Aruba" relives his life in his mind. As such, this is a book to be read slowly, thought about, and enjoyed. <BR/><BR/>Having a non-linear plot, it has to be followed carefully. As Paul remembers, we can see him as the composite post-Stonewall gay male. He enjoys and he suffers like all of us and he says what he thinks unlike most of us.<BR/><BR/>One does read "Aruba" because the author's voice is so pervasive. Its truthfulness hurts at times because as you read you discover what it is to be human and how to feel uncertainty. It shows how we, as humans, make the same mistakes over and over. As Paul looks back on his early years of living in Aruba, he discovers that what he had was empty. All the sex and all of the liaisons have mounted up to a feeling of nothingness and as he faces his inner world, Paul realizes that he did the same thing again and again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.