After Delores

After Delores This hilarious unpredictable sexy novel is a fascinating journey into the storefronts underground clubs and back alleys of New York s Lower East Side lesbian subculture And Sarah Schulman writing

  • Title: After Delores
  • Author: Sarah Schulman
  • ISBN: 9780525246411
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This hilarious, unpredictable, sexy novel is a fascinating journey into the storefronts, underground clubs, and back alleys of New York s Lower East Side lesbian subculture And Sarah Schulman, writing in sharp, immediate, insightful prose, has created a wonderfully modern, totally original heroine.

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    1. Honestly, I think that every thinking reading person should own this book. It is just about one of the most vivid executions of heartache and style I have ever read, and I've read it a few times now--actually, it improves with re-readings (always a good sign).I still remember being drawn in at first by the rather intriguing cover, and then being absolutely blown away by the poignancy, the detail, and the sheer audacity of the prose, disguised as a "murder mystery." Yes, and Othello is a play abo [...]

    2. Probably the best breakup novel I've ever read. Schulman maps the depression and anger and sadness of a breakup onto a surrealistic murder mystery set in a 1980s East Village. This is a lesbian quasi-street kids story littered with quirky characters and situations, but always, always rooted in truth. Schulman's worldview is unlike any other (maybe Delany): her primacy of working class narratives and anti-capitalist perspectives informs every page. This is an early novel for her but the control o [...]

    3. This was another book-gift, presented as "a cult classic or something". It's a lesbian noir/mystery from the POV of a drunk with a broken heart. Unpredictable, funny, with some damn fine sentences along the way.

    4. More important than the plain fact that I enjoyed reading the book, which I did, is that in reading it, I figured out why I read so much about Ed Koch era New York. It's recent past enough for me to feel a sense of continuity with my own generation, yet distant enough to glamorize. And like: sure. But the urgency of my interest is that I've been reading what is manifestly history as latent prophecy. The unnamed narrator of After Delores has this misguided sense of justice that is really a coping [...]

    5. I whipped through this, a pleasure. And you can see Schulman thinking through the issues at play in Conflict Is Not Abuse -- the problem of lack of accountability, the overstatement of harm, the abuser becoming victim all these ideas possibly more enthralling here, I think, because we're not told what to think. The premise is a narrator contemplating the desire to turn the emotional violence of being left for another woman into real violenceIt's a lesbian breakup revenge novel with a murder myst [...]

    6. this was a great example of a sarah schulman book. it's fast-paced, about people whose stories are usually denied and erased, kinda confusing but with the occasional great one-liner thrown in. demented and hilarious.

    7. I really loved this, but there was something creepy af about reading it right after Conflict is Not Abuse. Like I kind of identify with Delores and feel like Schulman/narrator wants to righteously murder me. But I like the feeling? idk

    8. It's so refreshing to read a piece of fiction that just happens to center the stories *of* lesbians, and not a book that centers the fact of being lesbians in the first place. Which is nearly impossible to find these days. But I digress.After Delores is a quirky and entertaining story of a woman dealing with the aftermath of her rejection. She doesn't always make the greatest choices, and in the process a series of strange coincidences leads to the conclusion. I didn't love the book, but it was [...]

    9. It's a fabulous, funny, and dark book about longing — but it's also sort of a murder mystery with an entirely unreliable narrator. The prose is simple and yet well shaped and intentional.

    10. Okay I thought this was going to be 3 stars, but the last 25% is so batshit insane that I'm kicking it up to 4. Somehow it manages to be too real yet also totally absurd at times. Terrific.

    11. Every time I thought After Delores had gotten as ridiculous as it could it took another step further. But, despite being fucking crazy as hell, this book actually felt pretty vulnerable, and that is a combination I really love. Four and one quarter stars.

    12. review on the wayΤρεις φορές ξεκίνησα να αποτυπώσω, με μια συνοχή, το τι αποκόμισα και ποια η τελική συμπερασματική μου γνώμη γιαυτό το βιβλίο και απέτυχα παταγωδώς.Με διακατέχει τελικώς, μια αντιγνωμία,Μου άρεσε, δηλαδή ένα μέρος του, μου άρεσε πολύ.Η λακωνικότητα των περιγραφών τ [...]

    13. AFTER DELORES what? More Sarah Schulman. In this novel, that begins and ends with a gun, she captures the NYC of the mid-late ‘80s as I saw it. It made me nostalgic for the place and the people. I knew them. They were me. But this was more than a pop song from childhood that you hated when young but now resonates with memories so tied to the era that forever will its power surge beyond mere chords. Though there is that. More so, Schulman writes about people who haven't lived in the pages of bo [...]

    14. If you have ever been spurned in love, then you know exactly what the unnamed narrator of After Delores is going through. And over the four months of the book she goes through a lot and most (if not all) of it is somehow connected to Delores. This book counts as number 10 of 25 for the 2012 Mount TBR Reading Challenge. This is also my 18th book of the year, meaning I have read 30% of my goal of 60 books this year putting me roughly 6%/4 books ahead of schedule allowing me a little flexibility ov [...]

    15. My book club chose this book for our January meeting. At best, I am assuming it was voted on because we here in San Francisco are feeling nostalgic for the pre-tech boom Mission, the fantasy of an earlier queer utopia, and the days when you could be a junkie and an inconsistent waitress and still pay the rent. I definitely didn't love this book, but I sailed through it. And it did tap into the feelings of loss I have for a grittier, livable city where artists and queers and sex workers and punks [...]

    16. Stinging from a break up with her lover Delores, our heroine drunkenly roams the parks, tenements, and alleys of the Lower Eastside seeking comfort and finding trouble. She further unravels when the body of a girl she has just met surfaces in a river, strangled in her sanguine youth. Compelled by loss, the narrator sets her sights on getting even with the killer and others in her life. Dark and captivating. Delores seems to get the ground work for Schulman's later novel, Rat Behomia.Reading this [...]

    17. The narrator is broken-hearted after her lover Delores left her for another woman. As she tries to get over Delores, she gets involved in several other relationships and a murder or two.I really liked this a lot. The characters are all totally over-the-top and everything's a bit unreal, but that's part of its charm. I found it really hard to put down. Every time I did, I'd pick it up again a few minutes later for just one more chapter.

    18. Guede loaned me this book when I was 20, and it sucked me in immediately, I loved it so much that I skipped Stonewall 25 in NYC that weekend and stayed home in Philly, reading. This was my favorite book for years. I love a good lesbian feminist loner vigilante novel. Plus it includes AA meetings, mean ex-girlfriends, and other favorite plot elements.

    19. No clue how it took me so long to read After Delores! I love good dyke fiction that really is able to capture a particular place/time/subculture and this book is full of that in a great way even if I didn't find myself particularly connected to or invested in any of the characters

    20. Arg. I hated this book. The main character wlaks around with a gun thinking about shooting her ex, the Delores of the title, if I recall correctly. I thought 'Rat Bohemia' was pretty good, but in general I think Schulman is a hack.

    21. A lesbian murder mystery noir, set and written in the '80s, which actually turns out to be more of a study of the universal condition of heartbreak and unrequited love. James, you recommend some weird books sometimes.

    22. Noir and dystopia abound in this clever play on pulp genres. The protagonist is a detective determined to track down her lost ex for no other reason than to kill her. The glib concept of the novel is rescued by the strength of the writing which is at all times subversive and well executed.

    23. Pulled this off my roommate's bookshelf. A lower east side lesbian period piece. A great mix of murder mystery and portrait. The psychology of loss and safety rolled up in pursuit and the theater of identities. Fun. and gross.

    24. I want to write a screenplay for this novel. Because then I would be associated with it. Even though I'm sure Schulman would hate whatever I did to it, but that's okay, she'd probably be right.

    25. This is my favorite SS book. It's the one that made me go, "Okay, she needs to be my mentor!" And thank god she was!

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