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How steamy is it? Sizzling

Publisher's Summary

When the narrator of White's poised yet scalding autobiographical novel first embarks on his sexual odyssey, it is the 1950s, and America is "a big gray country of families on drowsy holiday." That country has no room for a scholarly teenager with guilty but insatiable stirrings toward other men. Moving from a Midwestern college to the Stonewall Tavern on the night of the first gay uprising - and populated by eloquent queens, butch poseurs, and a fearfully incompetent shrink - The Beautiful Room is Empty conflates the acts of coming out and coming of age.

©1988 Edmund White (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Awful Narration

Would you try another book from Edmund White and/or George Backman?

Yes for Edmund White ... No for George Backman

Do you think The Beautiful Room Is Empty needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes it needs a follow up, but I know what it will focus on. That will be AIDS unfortunately, for that was the gay communities plague in the US.

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I had to end up playing this on 1.25 speed just to get to the end. The narrator is so slow and over the top it's extremely annoying.

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ENJOYED IT!!

Very good book by a fine author. I didn’t realize that this is the second book in a trilogy, but I don’t think it matters what order they are read/listened to as I had no trouble following the story. I do plan on listening to the other books in the trilogy as well as a worthwhile endeavor. I think I recall a number of people “dissing” the narrator, but I thought the narrator was great(!!), and a good part of what made listening to this book so enjoyable.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about the authentic gay male experience during the years prior to the explosion of the gay rights movement by someone who knows (the author, not me!) because he was there and actually went through it.

There are quite a few very graphic sexual scenes in this book. However, this was not the main thrust (so to speak!) of the book and, I thought, very much in context with the rest of the telling of the story.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about this topic by an intelligent and talented writer.