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When Alexander Vine finishes his work day, he leaves his post as a doorman at Manhattan's exclusive Four Seasons restaurant — and enters a nighttime landscape of chance and danger, excitement and reinvention in the city's erotic underworld. Walking a tightrope between sexual desire and self-extinction, Alexander Vine charts his destructive course — and his struggle for redemption — with startling, unadorned clarity.

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"Sex, isolation and urban squalor are the ingredients of this coolly objective, rather studied first novel by a 1987 Princeton graduate....As the encounters (all explicit, all presented as passionless transactions) accumulate, Vine becomes ever more alienated, but exactly where his downward spiral will lead remains murky. Ames's novel is composed of episodes and fragments, all reported in the kind of carefully toneless style that's meant to suggest the deadened nerve-endings of a shell-shocked soul. Despite the no-holds-barred accounts of his liaisons, Vine's lack of introspection distances the reader from the story." Publishers Weekly

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"An authentic voice of youthful suffering. Mr. Ames's antisocial young hero comes through as a cross between Jean Genet and Holden Caulfield in the age of AIDS. The style is the real achievement: strong, clean, and poker-faced." Philip Roth

Synopsis:

When Alexander Vine finishes his work day, he leaves his post as a doorman at Manhattan's exclusive Four Seasons restaurant — and enters a nighttime landscape of chance and danger, excitement and reinvention in the city's erotic underworld. Walking a tightrope between sexual desire and self-extinction, Alexander Vine charts his destructive course — and his struggle for redemption — with startling, unadorned clarity.

About the Author

Jonathan Ames is a columnist for New York Press. He lives in New York City, where he performs frequently as a storyteller in theaters and nightclubs. He is the winner of a Transatlantic Review award and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is also the author of The Extra Man, available from Washington Square Press.

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ISBN:
9780671034269
Author:
Ames, Jonathan
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
New York
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series:
Contemporary Classics
Series Volume:
105-309
Publication Date:
July 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.31 in 8.19 oz

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Product details 176 pages Washington Square Press - English 9780671034269 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Sex, isolation and urban squalor are the ingredients of this coolly objective, rather studied first novel by a 1987 Princeton graduate....As the encounters (all explicit, all presented as passionless transactions) accumulate, Vine becomes ever more alienated, but exactly where his downward spiral will lead remains murky. Ames's novel is composed of episodes and fragments, all reported in the kind of carefully toneless style that's meant to suggest the deadened nerve-endings of a shell-shocked soul. Despite the no-holds-barred accounts of his liaisons, Vine's lack of introspection distances the reader from the story."
"Review" by , "An authentic voice of youthful suffering. Mr. Ames's antisocial young hero comes through as a cross between Jean Genet and Holden Caulfield in the age of AIDS. The style is the real achievement: strong, clean, and poker-faced."
"Synopsis" by , When Alexander Vine finishes his work day, he leaves his post as a doorman at Manhattan's exclusive Four Seasons restaurant — and enters a nighttime landscape of chance and danger, excitement and reinvention in the city's erotic underworld. Walking a tightrope between sexual desire and self-extinction, Alexander Vine charts his destructive course — and his struggle for redemption — with startling, unadorned clarity.
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