Nightswimmerby Joseph Olshan
"Powerful and resonant...Olshan has explored deeply
In one of the most highly acclaimed novels of the year, Joseph Olshan crafts a vivid mosaic of the intense passion and pressures of gay life in New York as two men find their all-consuming affair threatened by the cynicism of mutual friends and memories of lost love, all falling under the shadow of AIDS.
"Powerful and resonant...Olshan has explored deeply the realities of the obsessiveness of love."-Robert Olen Butler
"Beautiful and bittersweet...[A] fervent story of love and loss...with universal resonance and appeal."-New York Times
"One of the boldest and most accessible stories about loneliness... since Kiss of the Spider Woman and The Crying Game...evokes the voice of James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room."-Thom Jones
"A beautifully written story of gay love, betrayal and loss."-People
"A meditation about love...that transcends any question of gender or sexual preference."-Washington Post Book World
"Lyrical and evocative."-Boston Globe
"A fine balance of the comic and the dramatic, the lyrical and the realistic."-The Wall Street Journal"Passionate and deeply felt...[Olshan's] observations about obsession, loss and rejection are transcendent."-Kirkus Reviews
* Nominated for a Lambda Award
- Penguin Group (USA)
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olshan's writing is rich and full; the story, as lonely as the cold hudson at night
I was in an used bookstore when I came across this book. I read the first page to get a feel of Olshan's writing and immediately wanted to rush home to finish it. I absolutely love this book and recommend it to everyone. Even though I am a gay male, I tend to stay away from gay fiction because more often than not I end up disappointed. Anyone that has lost that one love will find enjoyment in this book. It is as if it is you are reading your own story. Sure the characters are different, but the reader is able to understand and relate to Will's thoughts and feelings. I could not put the book. The imagery and the author's writing are absolutely amazing.
I bought this book on a whim not really expecting much. I found out different. The author hit home heavily in showing what it is to be a gay man in the age of AIDS. The narrative was original in the way it was told, and there was just enough romance and suspense to keep the reader glued to the book. I found I had a hard time putting it down. The best thing about it is it gives all of those of us who are looking for the right person hope. I will highly reccommend it to my friends.
Nightswimmer by Joseph Olshan Will Kaplan has been hurt in love. His boyfriend, Chad, and Will like to go night swimming off the coast of Santa Barbara. One night, they swim very far, a boat approaches them and only Will returns to the shore. However, Will thinks Chad is still alive and just wanted to get away from him. A feeling shared by two of Chad's roommates. Sean Paris has been hurt by love also. A military family man, Sean fell for Randall Monroe, a man who used to work for Sean's stepfather in Okinawa. Randall transfers out of Okinawa and breaks Sean heart. Now in New York City, they find each other and start a relationship. They must learn to live with their past, the gay culture of the 90's, their friends, and each other. Narrated in the second person point of view - from Will to Sean - this is a novel about men tormented by their past and unable to cope with love. In the midst of the HIV plague, men are as afraid of intimacy as they are of death. Olshan reminds us that living fully is dangerous to our health, both mental and physical. It might require more than the strength we reserve for swimming back to shore. This is a tale of love, loss, and obsession. A wonderful read.
A gay book about swimming at night is certain to get my attention, as I am a gay male that loves the sport of swimming. And it turned out to be quite a lyrical book where night swimming became a profound metaphor for entering into the mysterious realm of gay male relationships. While I found many of the storylines a bit too obsessive and colored by jealousy, I'm sure most gay males can relate to these emotions - the excitement and insecurity of meeting a new 'soul mate,' pining over lost loves. I found the Manhattan setting of this novel exciting because I had actually visited several of the establishments which were mentioned. There was also some humor in some of the wacky characters populating this book. There's a lot of story surrounding the beauty of artistic achievement which gives this book a lot of literary merit and pushes it beyond a lot of gay literature I have read. Highly recommended but it's not light, recreational reading.
i bought it by mistake and i find out that this is one of the best books i have ever read.
This book belongs in the trash.It is so boring,all the characters are fake,and the book makes no sense at all.WORST BOOK EVER