Our Young Man

Our Young Man

by Edmund White


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"White's prose is as fresh as a series of slaps to the face, filled with reckless energy . . . [Our Young Man] speeds you along with its winningly hectic prose." —The New York Times Book Review

Our Young Man follows the life of a gorgeous Frenchman, Guy, as he goes from the industrial city of Clermont-Ferrand to the top of the modeling profession in New York City's fashion world, becoming the darling of Fire Island's gay community. Like Wilde's Dorian Grey, Guy never seems to age; at thirty-five he is still modeling, still enjoying lavish gifts from older men who believe he's twenty-three—though their attentions always come at a price. Ambivalently, Guy lets them believe, driven especially by the memory of growing up poor, until he finds he needs the lie to secure not only wealth, but love itself. Surveying the full spectrum of gay amorous life through the disco era and into the age of AIDS, Edmund White (who worked at Vogue for ten years) explores the power of physical beauty—to fascinate, to enslave, and to deceive—with sparkling wit and pathos.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632860088
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 730,061
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Edmund White is the author of many novels, including A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, The Farewell Symphony, and, most recently, Jack Holmes and His Friend. His nonfiction includes City Boy, Inside a Pearl, and other memoirs; The Flâneur, about Paris; and literary biographies and essays. White lives in New York and teaches at Princeton University.

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Our Young Man 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I’m a devoted fan of White’s work having read much of what he’s published several times. This delightful novel is a gay fantasy populated with familiar characters and richly shaped deeply observed protagonists. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to experience being a long lived Dorian Grey type of beauty in the exclusive world of a high fashion male modeling this is a story that will satiate your fantasies. Kudos to Edmund White for another brilliant work!
dranyc More than 1 year ago
Does being a novel justify sentences like: “Fred kept succumbing to one disease or another.” Or, “Then he succumbed to PCP , the gay pneumonia, and he was put on a ventilator and an antibiotic drip.” ! In this novel succumbing is not as final as the dictionary indicates. Also, the lions in front of the NY Public Library are marble – not bronze. Have read many of this author’s books. Regardless, was not prepared for the tediousness of this one.