April 29, 2004


David Cawley

I read more than half of The Line of Beauty today with the intent of attending your reading at the NY LBGT Center. On such a miserable night, the trip from Brooklyn was just too much. I'm sorry I didn't get the chance to hear you read. I wonder which passage you read?

The novel was extremely vivid for me although I know little about that world. I spent my 20s in the San Francisco of the 70s.

Naming the main character Guest reminded me of Vanity Fair's Beck Sharp. Nick was truly a guest in his own life and I'm impressed that everything wasn't tied up with a nice bow at the end. I also thought of Tom Wolfe's Vanity of the Gods and the upperclass world.

If you have the time, I'd enjoy corresponding with you. There was a mischievous glint in your eyes in the dust jacket photo. Very intriguing and you're an attractive man as well.


David Cawley

Oops! I meant Bonfire of the Vanities. That's what comes of writing late at night.

Very vivid novel. Characters and settings still resonating.

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