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David Leavitt

Autor(a) de The Lost Language of Cranes

62+ Works 7,950 Membros 141 Críticas 15 Favorited

About the Author

David Leavitt's first collection of stories, "Family Dancing," was a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle Award & the PEN/Faulkner Prize. "The Lost Language of Cranes" was made into a BBC film, & "While England Sleeps" was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize. Leavitt mostrar mais is also the author of "Equal Affections," "A Place I've Never Been," "Arkansas," & "The Page Turner." With Mark Mitchell, he coedited "The Penguin Book of Short Stories" & "The Pages Passed from Hand to Hand" & cowrote "Italian Pleasures." He is recipient of fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation & the National Endowment for the Arts. He divides his time between Italy and Florida. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por David Leavitt

The Lost Language of Cranes (1986) 1,270 exemplares
The Indian Clerk (2007) 749 exemplares
Family Dancing (1983) 677 exemplares
While England Sleeps (1993) 602 exemplares
Equal Affections (1989) 537 exemplares
Arkansas: Three Novellas (1997) 438 exemplares
A Place I've Never Been (1990) 435 exemplares
The Page Turner (1998) 405 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories (1994) — Editor — 308 exemplares
The Body of Jonah Boyd: A Novel (2004) 304 exemplares
Martin Bauman; or, A Sure Thing (2000) 286 exemplares
Florence : a Delicate Case (2000) 260 exemplares
The Two Hotel Francforts: A Novel (2013) 235 exemplares
The Marble Quilt (2001) 142 exemplares
Collected Stories (2003) 115 exemplares
Shelter in Place (2020) 81 exemplares
Italian Pleasures (1996) 77 exemplares
The New Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories (2003) — Editor — 33 exemplares
The Stories of David Leavitt (2005) 13 exemplares
La nuova generazione perduta (1998) 9 exemplares
Il decoro (2020) 5 exemplares
Saturn Street (1996) 3 exemplares
Territory 2 exemplares
Enquanto a Inglaterra dorme (2003) 2 exemplares
A Room With a View 1 exemplar
Linguagem Perdida 1 exemplar
Subtropics (1) 1 exemplar
L'Art de la dissertation (1999) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Maurice (1971) — Introdução, algumas edições4,056 exemplares
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (1992) — Contribuidor — 730 exemplares
Writers on Writing: Collected Essays from the New York Times (2001) — Contribuidor — 440 exemplares
The Granta Book of the American Short Story (1992) — Contribuidor — 360 exemplares
The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction (1992) — Contribuidor — 318 exemplares
The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books (1997) — Contribuidor — 294 exemplares
Apartment in Athens (1945) — Introdução, algumas edições267 exemplares
The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves (2012) — Contribuidor — 253 exemplares
Men on Men 2: Best New Gay Fiction (1988) — Contribuidor — 203 exemplares
The Penguin Book of International Gay Writing (1995) — Introdução — 175 exemplares
20 Under 30 (1986) — Contribuidor — 90 exemplares
First Love/Last Love (1985) — Contribuidor — 85 exemplares
Man of My Dreams: Provocative Writing on Men Loving Men (1996) — Contribuidor — 75 exemplares
Lavender Mansions: 40 Contemporary Lesbian and Gay Short Stories (1994) — Contribuidor — 73 exemplares
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018 (2018) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
The Literary Lover: Great Stories of Passion and Romance (1993) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
Bestial Noise: The Tin House Fiction Reader (2003) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
Circa 2000: Gay Fiction at the Millennium (2000) — Contribuidor — 41 exemplares
Something Inside: Conversations with Gay Fiction Writers (1999) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
Food of Love [2002 film] (2002) — Original book — 26 exemplares
Once Upon a Childhood: Stories and Memories of American Youth (2004) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Latter-Gay Saints: An Anthology of Gay Mormon Fiction (2013) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Reasons to Believe: New Voices in American Fiction (1988) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Godenzonen : verhalen over mannen (1999) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



An enjoyable read, but nothing fantastic. It's sparked my interest in reading the biography of Ramanujan[b:The Man Who Knew Infinity|106139|The Man Who Knew Infinity|Robert Kanigel|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1171562988s/106139.jpg|1031423]
lschiff | 29 outras críticas | Sep 24, 2023 |
Most of the stories in A place I've never been are tediously long and dragging. Although in most of these stories the main character is gay or lesbian, it feels as if the author tries to avoid foregrounding this. Given the fact that these short stories are very long, they do not present enough action of fascination to keep you interested.
edwinbcn | 1 outra crítica | Aug 9, 2023 |
David Leavitt can't write. His sentences are ugly, his paragraphs even more so, and the hundred or so pages of this book that I read seemed to indicate that his structure is pretty awful too. The characters are unmotivated and unpleasant. The greatest problem, though, is that clearly none of it ever happened. The adjectives and adverbs are just put in for decoration, not to share with you what the protagonist really experienced. In one scene a delivery boy rings the bell and for some reason stands there "sheepishly" while he receives his money. It's like he has an alarm that rings every hundred words and he has to pop a descriptive word in; they're like speed bumps that prevent you from getting up any momentum in the novel.… (mais)
robfwalter | 5 outras críticas | Jul 31, 2023 |
I always find it hard to review a two-star book, because the inevitable question is 'well why did you read it?' I read this because it was sort of hinted to me that Leavitt is a kind of American Alan Hollinghurst. However, his writing lacks the grace and style of Hollinghurst, and his characters lack the depth and complexity.

Essentially this is a book about miserable people written in lifeless prose. As a contrast, I'm reading Howard Jacobson at the moment, who writes about miserable people with sparkling, witty prose and it makes all the difference.

I did wonder as I read it if this book has just aged badly, and that at the time of writing it could get away with its dead prose and maudlin world view because it had political currency. However, there are many positive reviews on here, so I guess it just didn't provide that specific thing that separates my taste from that of many others.
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robfwalter | 22 outras críticas | Jul 31, 2023 |



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