Paperback review: Jack Holems and His Friend, By Edmund White
Holmes and the mystery of sexuality in the Sixties
Sunday 27 January 2013
White's hero is Jack Holmes, whose good looks and physique belie a slightly more tortured sexuality, as he struggles to understand himself in New York in the early Sixties.
It's a time of experimentation and fun, but only for certain members of society, as Jack disingenuously (and hilariously) declaims his heterosexuality whilst lusting after straight magazine writer Will, having one-night-stands, and running upstate after a male ballet dancer who just wants to be a girl. There are interesting points made here about America's so-called non-existent class system, about who can get away with prohibitive behaviour and who cannot, and Will's later narrative offers a welcome and deepening counter viewpoint.
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