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5.0 out of 5 stars A Work of Art, 17 April 2011
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Dr. Robert Bohan (Dublin) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Grief (Paperback)
As always Holleran produces a novel notable for the elegance of the writing and the atmosphere inherent. A superb read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars TIME TO MOVE ON!, 22 Oct 2006
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M. Russell "Michel" (Winchester.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Grief (Hardcover)
I was slightly apprehensive on the title of Andrew Holleran's latest novel, 'Grief', as I found his previous work rather morbid. With this short novel, it has an unnamed narrator telling us that a middle-aged professor accepts a University post as a guest lecturer on AIDS. Having recently lost his mother in Gainesville, Florida he travels to Washington DC and takes up his post. Renting a room from a civil servant, who is also gay, it develops into a cordial domesticity rather than an intimate bond.
In his room he finds a books of letters by a Mary Todd Lincoln whose documentary on her husband is rather like the narrator hording his guilt of not coming out to his mother.
For friendship he turns to an old friend, Frank, also a survivor, who has a boyfriend and exploits whatever life has to offer.
He wanders the streets like in a dream, lonely and in grief but which at times seems quite hauntingly beautiful.
Like a wonderful prose poem on nature, the meaning of love, loss and finally grief.
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Grief by Andrew Holleran (Paperback - 7 Jun 2007)
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