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Feinberg, David B.

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ISBN 10: 0670823155 / ISBN 13: 9780670823154
Published by Viking, New York, 1989
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326p., signed by the author on first free endpaper, remainder mark on bottom edge otherwise very good first edition in cloth-backed boards and unclipped dj with mild crinkle to head of spine. Bookseller Inventory # 149125

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Title: Eighty-sixed

Publisher: Viking, New York

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Chronicles the experiences of the gay community as seen through the eyes of B.J. Rosenthal, whose life and world change drastically as AIDS has its impact on gays and nongays alike

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This first novel by a New York City mathematician records the changes in gay lifestyles precipitated by the AIDS epidemic between 1980 ("Ancient History") and 1986 ("Learning How to Cry"). The novel's greatest asset is also its chief flaw: diary-like monthly reports describe the narrator's romantic and sexual experiences with bracing immediacy, but finally the novel reads less like fully imagined fiction than a heavily detailed but uninspired newspaper account. The narrator doggedly recounts his faltering attempts to come to terms with the spectre of death in his friends' lives and his own, but Feinberg relates events without enabling the reader to feel or understand the tragedy he gradually unfolds. Long telephone conversations with various friends who are no more than mechanical voices distract attention, as does a labored subplot that revolves around trivial office politics. Readers will be saddened as a friend of the narrator's dies in the the second half of the narrative, but the limited emotional impact of the scenesand the novel itselfderives from the fact that it is about AIDS and death, rather than from the author's ability to shape experience and manipulate our sympathies.
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