Combining glittering wit, an atmosphere dense in social paranoia, and a breathtaking elegance and precision of language, White's first novel suggests a hilarious apotheosis of the comedy of manners. For, on the privileged island community where Forgetting Elena takes place, manners are everything. Or so it seems to White's excruciatingly self-conscious young narrator who desperately wants to be accepted in this world where everything from one's bathroom habits to the composition of "spontaneous" poetry is subject to rigid conventions.
I am a big fan of Edmund White's non-fiction, and I was excited to dive into this novel. However, the narrator's style put me off, and I found it very difficult to get through this one.
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Can't judge the writing as the narration was insufferable. I was worried when I saw his name as he ruined another book I tried to listen to. Never again. Such a shame.