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  • Title: Our Young Man
  • Author: Edmund White
  • ISBN: 9781632860026
  • Page: 300
  • Format: ebook
  • 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 whoOur 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.
    Our Young Man 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 th

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    1. It s bad Really bad I was embarrassed for the author.The characters are thinly drawn and their actions are not credible Most of the novel revolves around the narcissistic protagonist and the author does nothing to show us why we should be interested in him The plot is virtually non existent The AIDS crisis, in its heyday, is shown merely as a mere annoyance to the characters in the novel What happened to the Edmund White who wrote the Farewell Symphony This manuscript would never have become a n [...]

    2. Our Young Man is surprisingly different from White s other works It s strangely detached, written in a cold, transparent style There is little to no connection created between the reader and its characters, which are of types few of us would identify with, although we easily recognize them from other works in this genre of literary gay fiction All of the characters in Our Young Man are stereotypes created to poke ironic fun at This is a respectable way to write a novel, but it s deliberately uno [...]

    3. A massively enjoyable novel which i read from my beachside villa on Fire Island, on a diet of soup and cocaine, obviously, gotta maintain that physique The profoundly beautiful, almost eternally youthful, extraordinarily cheekboned Guy i loved the constant references to his age defying beauty and his journey as a gay supermodel through the 70 s and 80 s isn t some cheap morality tale, though it kind of works as an allegory of the surface worshipping Eighties I really appreciated not being told w [...]

    4. Our Young Man is at once a delicious gossipy breeze of a novel, a sort of luxe beach read, and a deeply surreal story that seems almost experimental in form It follows a beautiful, eternally youthful Frenchman, Guy, from his poor rural childhood through a lengthy and successful modelling career and a series of love affairs.While Guy s ageless visage is never implied to have a supernatural cause, the sheer extent of his ability to remain physically young seems miraculous enough to give the story [...]

    5. It got a bit real, a bit harrowing for a while, but it pulled through and the second half was downright hilarious.

    6. It takes a brave writer to stage a comedy setpiece in the St Vincent AIDS ward in New York in the 1980s There are certain things that comedy seems barred from tackling 9 11, the Holocaust, Nelson Mandela and Apartheid, HIV AIDS But Edmund White knows instinctively that absurdity is the flipside of tragedy, and to highlight the former accentuates the latter.I do not think I have ever enjoyed a gay novel as much as I did White s latest Who would have thought that White could pull off a screwball g [...]

    7. It is impossible not to consider Dorian Gray when considering this novel, about a male French super model named Guy whose beauty lasts beyond his time or shelf life as White puts it The story of Guy from his discovery on the street in Paris at 17 until the denouement which I ll leave unstated, is told with humor, pathos, and even the seemingly ridiculous It concerns his self abasement to advance his career, his generosity as he earns or is given money, his need for real love and the superficiali [...]

    8. Originally appeared at Lambda Literary Edmund White s work has long been interested in the allure of facades In The Married Man, he showcased what grand heights a love affair can reach when rooted in illusion and misdirection Likewise, his memoir City Boy My Life in New York in the 1960 s and 70 s enchants the reader with a selective recollection of mid century glamour, both of the down at the heels and champagne varieties Set predominantly in the 1980 s and 90 s against the backdrop of AIDS, hi [...]

    9. This is a novel about a gay french man in the 1980s working as a model in New York That should be enough to make anyone read it I liked it, i enjoyed White s writing style, but ultimately was a bit underwhelmed by it all.Found the whole thing a little surfacy I know it s modelling and while there was lots I did enjoy, it just didn t really click for me Reckon Edmund White had fun writing it

    10. Our Young Man conta a hist ria de um modelo franc s, que vive em Nova Iorque, e que vinga no exigente mercado da moda, durante os anos 70 e 80, evoluindo a narrativa ao longo dos seus quatro ou cinco amantes namorados O livro , por um lado, um exerc cio sobre o poder da beleza f sica e da juventude, mas serve ao autor, de igual forma, como exerc cio sobre os modos de vida gay na poca em que aparece a epidemia da sida De certo modo, inevit vel perguntarmo nos se o Edmund White precisava de escrev [...]

    11. Although the book is a pleasant enough read it is also terribly written and full of careless inaccuracies in style, plot and structure something particularly unacceptable from an author of the supposed stature of Mr White, who acknowledges the involvement of no less that FOUR editors on this project The characters are not only paper thin and unrealistic, they also change appearance and personality as the plot goes on The whole thing feels like a pot boiler quickly and sloppily assembled for no o [...]

    12. What to make of Guy, the protagonist of this eminently readable yet ultimately puzzling novel He s an Adonis beautiful fashion model who somehow has discovered eternal youth, looking like he s 22 as he approaches his 40th birthday He s smart, savvy and fully aware that his looks and income will someday disappear, yet he makes little effort to plan for the future, other than acquiring, almost accidentally, some property It is only through a dramatic, final gesture that he seems to take control of [...]

    13. I really quite enjoyed this book This was my first experience with Edmund White and I was quite impressed The book has a nice flow with peaks in all the right places There are moments of joy, and heartbreak One of my favorite quotes comes from about half way through the book The discussion is of the President of the US at the time Reagan and the AIDS crisis Only you remember that, Pierre George said sourly yes, I m sad Crushed I hate this country, with its puritanism and heartlessness and filthy [...]

    14. This novel is my first foray into Edmund White s fictional oeuvre, and I m not sure it was the best introduction By that I mean I m not sure it s one of his best novels It is certainly a very pleasant, breezy, agreeable read It s funny in parts, and subtly moving in others, especially when it talks about the AIDS crisis without falling into easy sentimentality It isn t boring or dull But this tale of a beautiful French young man who, just as Dorian Gray, seems to stay forever young, and who turn [...]

    15. Our Young Man should have been titled WTF but I, like an idiot, kept reading it until I finished when I should have given up early on Was this Edmund White channeling Bret Easton Ellis If so, it s an insult to Ellis I just couldn t figure out what this novel was supposed to be about It just droned on and on for than 200 pages with insults against blacks there are many to choose from here , women, Americans, Italians, older people, the physically unfit, people from the Midwest, and pretty much a [...]

    16. I rated this two stars the first because I grudgingly admit that Edmund White does display admirable writing talents The second star is to give White the benefit of the doubt that he meant this vapid, one dimensional litany of boring characters and mind numbing action to be comic or farcical, which it very occasionally succeeds in being But on the whole the book is as tedious and superficial as the characters it portrays, although or maybe because the lives are of a glamorous gay NYC model and h [...]

    17. Not the best I ve read by this author, story is quite shallow, characters never really come to life and to be honest I found the main character rather unappealing Overall too much emphasis on the external it s all about good looking men and models and not enough insight in the internal life of the people in this story, which makes it a bit dull.

    18. I find White s books vapid, and this one is no exception None of his characters even reach emotional depth I should give up on reading his books, but I keep hoping that the next one will be better

    19. Someone give me a context for thinking about this book I enjoyed his prose and went right along with him, but what was he going for And Mr White, if you re reading, the university is Columbia The country is Colombia.

    20. I usually like Edmund White his memoirs in Paris Flaneur were just wonderful But this book did not do it for me.

    21. Most enjoyable Fascinating Beautifully turned Butke many a Sondheim song it doesn t finish it just stops It left me wanting .

    22. Okay, so I love Edmund White, and I love that at his age he can still sit down and write a sexy, dramatic story about gay men in the 1970s and 1980s White says this is supposed to be a Dorian Gray type story, where the narrator is undone by his moral degeneration or something of the kind It deals with the fear gay men have of getting old and becoming undesirable or subjects of contempt, while also covering a lot of ground in terms of painting a fun, baroque portrait of gay life in the middle of [...]

    23. Will you still love me when I m no longer young and beautiful That s basically the question that is asked in Edmund White s Our Young Man The young man that everyone claims for themselves is Guy, a French so adjust your pronunciation of his name now supermodel living in New York in the 70s and 80s Guy was born and raised in a poor industrial town, and on his first trip to Paris at 17, is discovered by Pierre Georges, who becomes his agent manager, and becomes a bonafide sensation, first in Franc [...]

    24. This book felt like Wolf of Wall Street, but with gay male models in the early 80 s The decadence, the cavalier sex, and the sheer amount of coke Which is to say, it s interesting, but also, but with unlikable, superficial characters In fact, the characters were thinly drawn But the sex, of which there was a plethora, the sex was written in a way that proved to be its own character throughout the pages I ve never seen that level of emotion and intent depicted through intricate depictions of hype [...]

    25. I m usually a generous reviewer, my default position being that anyone who manages to finish a novel and have it published deserves credit, but I m on board with the one and two star reviews It crossed my mind that this may have been an attempt at satire but if so it failed to infuse the narrative with an iota of irony or a sly nod I think it was just a shocker from a once great writer and brilliant biographer of Jean Genet His previous novel Jack Holmes and His Friend was frivolous too, but far [...]

    26. Edmund White s eleventh novel Our Young Man , is a playful yet searching story seemingly retelling Dorian Gray s gradual downfall through the prism of an ageless French model living through the AIDS years of New York City Despite writing with wit and arch humour, the novel does not quite reach the pinnacles of profundity attained in previous novels such as The Farewell Symphony and is all too often mired by redundant sex episodes, which are like the flights of fancy of an old man s fantasies th [...]

    27. The writing was brilliant, as always The story was filled with too many cliches, too many attempts from the author to show how much he knew about the era names, places, foreign words none of which added to the story or the characters Considering the characters, I felt the author could have come up with a much better story There was little depth in the story considering the depth he instilled in the characters At the end of the book, I felt like the curtain came down a little too fast, almost lik [...]

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