Vidal is better known to most readers for his intricate historical fiction. In this book, Gore Vidal's subtle and comic tales are centered around varied interests and locations, and are often colored by homosexual encounters of adolescence.
There is an uneven, erratic quality. If you are a reader fan, already familiar with works like, Duluth, 1876, Lincoln, Burr, and Empire, you can certainly appreciate this other aspect of the very versatile Mr. Vidal. His veracity will never be under scrutiny. There is the element of being introduced into, and behind the curtain, of a forbidden segment of the gay population. But, overall, these stories are well written and should be read for style. Every writer implants a part if himself into his work. Gore Vidal as certainly done that.