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Edmund White has long been praised as one of America's most accomplished novelists. The Farewell Symphony is the final volume in the autobiographical trilogy that began with A Boy's Own Story and The Beautiful Room Is Empty. It details the narrator's life in New York in the 1970s and his flight to Paris as the AIDS epidemic begins. White's prose, at once lucid and magical, is the essence of great writing. Its plainspoken cadences and language resonate with the tragedy of youthful passion giving way to hard-earned knowledge. Like Sherwood Anderson or Theodore Dreiser, White has captured the soul of the American experience--in this case a gay male experience--and made it into art. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
White rounds out the trilogy on gay life begun with A Boy's Own Story and The Beautiful Room Is Empty.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I picked up this book in my local bookshop as it was being sold off half price. I'd never read Edmund White before, never even heard of him, so it's purely by chance that I'm... Read morePublished on April 20 2001
This is the final volume of the trilogy that includes A Boy's Own Story and The Beautiful Room Is Empty. Read morePublished on Dec 17 1999 by mholesh
This is one of the finest books ever written - and I have read a lot of books. Not for those of a moralising or piously nervous disposition, or for those with a tragically short... Read morePublished on Sept. 27 1999
I hope people fallow White's thoughts about the gay world, I like him because he can explain the reality and the real in gay mind.Published on Sept. 26 1999
This "autobiographical" book by Edmund White ultimately does nothing but reinforce negative gay stereotypes - that youth, beauty, being thin and well-endowed are all that... Read morePublished on Aug. 6 1999
I'm always intrugued by White's work and his singular ability to capture not only his stories but mine and those of many other gay men. Read morePublished on May 18 1999 by Michael Nicola
Though I've enjoyed some of White's other books, I couldn't finish this one. It was too boring, too academic, and though I'm a francophile, too *french* (he's neutered the english... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 1999 by Amazon Customer
This book is difficult to read (and review) in that it is over 400 pages long, and is filled with graphic sexual detail, and the abuse of alcohol and drugs. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 1998