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The Lost Language of Cranes | [David Leavitt]

The Lost Language of Cranes

Set in the 1980s against the backdrop of a swiftly gentrifying Manhattan, The Lost Language of Cranes tells the story of twenty-five-year-old Philip, who realizes he must come out to his parents after falling in love for the first time with a man. Philip's parents are facing their own crisis: pressure from developers and the loss of their longtime home.
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Set in the 1980s against the backdrop of a swiftly gentrifying Manhattan, The Lost Language of Cranes tells the story of twenty-five-year-old Philip, who realizes he must come out to his parents after falling in love for the first time with a man. Philip's parents are facing their own crisis: pressure from developers and the loss of their longtime home. But the real threat to this family is Philip's father's own struggle with his latent homosexuality, realized only in his Sunday afternoon visits to gay porn theaters. Philip's admission to his parents and his father's hidden life provoke changes that forever alter the landscape of their worlds.

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    Marco Italy 03-30-14
    Marco Italy 03-30-14 Member Since 2009

    Fantasy geek, literature lover!

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    "Bildugsroman for a gay man"
    If you could sum up The Lost Language of Cranes in three words, what would they be?

    Hopeful, Desperate, Grey. Hopeful because at the end there's a thin veil of hope for all the characters. Desperate because fear is at the basis of many of the relationship in the novel. Grey because that's the color that comes to my mind if I think about the characters, the setting, the plot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a bildungsroman for a young gay man and, at the same time, for a middle-aged man. They both have their path to follow and in the end they are on the same road.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The Windup Girl. He's a very good performer. With that book I followed along with the text and his work was very, very good.


    If you could take any character from The Lost Language of Cranes out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Jerene, of course. :-)


    Any additional comments?

    For a gay man, this is a must, Like "Maurice" by Forster. Even if you are not gay, there's plenty about relationships that makes the few hours spent reading the book well spent.

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