Mark Merlis (March 9, – August 15, ) was an American writer and health policy Works[edit]. American Studies (); An Arrow’s Flight () – also published as Pyrrhus (); Man About Town (); JD (). Mark Merlis, novelist who explored gay life in 20th-century America, dies at with the publication of his first novel, “American Studies,” in Called “an intelligent, compassionate and moving novel” by Dale Peck, this first novel by Mark Merlis is back in print to illuminate a world that for many has never .

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I finished this amwrican in 48 hours and pondered it for another Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Reeve, the main character, gained plenty of book smarts from Tom, but Tom’s refined elitism prevented him from learning basic survival skills from low-class Reeve.

I want to teach this to my LGBT students just as a way for them to try to imagine how different the world used to be for gay men.

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A particularly amusing and interesting aspect is how Reeves, the patient, interacts with his hospital roommate, a young, straight, clueless hunk who is stuck in bed for days with a ruined thumb that is never quite explained.

Reeve, 62, is hospitalized for an eye injury after a mugging from a trick. Edit added on August 25th American Studies, very sadly out of print at the moment but surely not for longis one of the great gay novels of the 20th century.

Many beautiful parts of this writing that can merlsi be felt through gay experience, and I look forward to reading more from Mark Merlis. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Mar 28, Dan Kagan rated it really liked it. Merlis has been trying unsuccessfully to finish and publish a first novel for many years, finally reaching his goal at 44, and this product of that struggle betrays its troubled origins only in its occasional verbosity. Los Angeles Times Book Prize: But more than this, it’s a very funny, touching, and human tale of Reeves, a bitchy, witty, and lonely, aging gay man, victim o Edit added on August 25th I don’t know if it helps to be gay to read this but it shouldn’t hurt at all if you are not.


History Created December 10, 7 revisions Download catalog record: And all of this was helped merljs by the writer’s style, his sense of humor, his vague, unsettling fatalism.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Definitely an interesting premiss, this novel builds up expectations from the outset: Account Options Sign in. Merlis draws us to his side as he bears witness amerucan the death and birth of an era in queer history.

This is undeniably well written but the subject matter–the vicious cycle of self-loathing–doesn’t make it an easy read especially when none of the characters are merliz likeable. The author creates profound empathy for his characters even while pointing out their corruptive behaviors and sometimes craven attempts at feeling fully human.

Reeve thinks sthdies life is over: I lived through this period as a gay man. All in all, well done but hard cheese. Most importantly, though, Merlis writes like an angel, every sentence beautifully made, charming, amusing, and moving. Not a happy read, as it encompases anti-gay violence and self-loathing among gay men.

Don’t we all think the same after something so powerful, beautiful and emotional?

The characters are never fully fleshed out and remain foggy or one-note. A Novel is beyond ingenuity. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

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Wanna read a A fantastic, heart-breaking book that is both a fictional retelling of the late life of F. Dark humor and decadent prose infuse this story of desire, betrayal, and healing. No trivia or quizzes yet. A master at pacing, Merlis moves the reader from past to distant past to present, progressing story lines along several layers of narrative. His friend and one of the original boys tells the story as he lies in a hospital recovering from a bad gay mugging, a trick gone bad.


In one of his interviews Mark Marlis said: To add insult to injury, Reeve’s landlord is evicting him because he was too “noisy” and placed the other tenants in danger by allowing such a violent man inside the premises. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

The case goes up to the college President: Dancer from the Dance: Reeve’s retrospective of his life and the life of his mentor Tom is, at times, downright depressing and often kark sad, but also interesting, compelling, and real. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. The boy is evidently more interested in the floozy who americab the letters. Someone said that this book is about the Civil war between straight men and gay men in America, and it is.

The storybis credible, enrapturing and moving. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. A Novel was my first Mark Merlis. Nov 26, Carlos Mock rated it liked it. Mark Merlis, who debuted as a novelist in his 40s, penning four works of fiction that explored the joys, tensions and agonies of gay life in America in the 20th century, died Aug.