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Ground Zero Paperback – Jul 1989


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Plume; Reissue edition (July 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452262364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452262362
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 659,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Freaky Green Eyes on 28 April 2014
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I am reading around the subject of AIDS at the moment; my interest was stirred after watching 'Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves' and so I'm reading whatever I can get my hands on to learn more about what was happening at the time, as, though I was aware that it was happening, I was a rather sheltered child in the 1980s and it was very much on the periphery of my life. I'm learning a lot and, though most of it is very sad and quite a bit of it makes you very angry, there are uplifting moments too. It is the human stories that interest me the most, looking at it from the perspective of those who were sick or who looked after those who were. You learn more from those kinds of sources, though I have read a lot of others as well. I also fell in love with Holleran's writing, quite apart from what he is writing about here. I love the way he can mix the tragic and the comic and the honesty with which he approaches his subject. I love the way he uses symbols and metaphors in his work too - sometimes you're not quite sure how he's going to tie it all together but by the end it all becomes clear - for example, the story that is actually entitled 'Ties'! I love the observant way he looks at the world and his fellow man - seeing so clearly and so much, even when he just feels confused and as if he is always standing always on the sidelines impotently. I can relate to that. I know that he says he didn't do anything much during those horrible years, as he didn't join ACT UP or become militant or anything. However, though I certainly admire and respect those who did do that, Holleran's true-life stories reveal exactly what he did do, and how much he did care. Many of the stories are about him visiting friends who were sick and just being there for them.Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Evocative essays on AIDS 22 Jan 1999
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Format: Paperback
This book is at times stunning, at times difficult to read, always worthwhile. It can be compared to David Feinberg's brilliant, scathing "Queer and Loathing: Rants and Raves of a Raging AIDS Clone," especially in the hard-hitting gallows humor of the essay "Fashion 1985."
These essays are similar to Holleran's effort in the late John Preston's anthology "Personal Dispatches." Although Holleran is most famous for his short stories, and the novels "Dancer from the Dance" and "The Beauty of Men," this may turn out as his most enduring work -- witty, angry, heartbreaking.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great essays/stories on AIDS 21 Jan 2003
By DonMac - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This was a great collection from Holleran. I think it's first printing was limited as it was even a little hard to get a first edition when it was published. Anyway, this collection is both funny and heartbreaking. Similar to Feinberg's collection, but I think he says more with laughter and tears than Feinberg did with anger. Highly recommended.
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