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Dark Reflections by Samuel R. Delany

Dark Reflections (2007)

by Samuel R. Delany

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At times depressing, this is a novel about loneliness and how it can completely invade our lives if we allow it to do so, and how growing old can make it even worse. Also about "tapes" and how we run them in our lives and how they can run us... ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Samuel R Delaney does mainstream fiction. I'm afraid to say anything about this book because whatever I say might make it sound boring, which it profoundly isn't. So ignore this review and just go read it for yourself.

Still reading? OK, then. The protagonist is a shy, black, gay poet who reminisces about his youth and navigates aging in a world he is keenly observant of and emotionally distant from. The novel is compassionate, tragic, heroic, ordinary, chastely erotic, wickedly funny, vividly descriptive, playfully serious, intellectual, historical. His memories are twined non-chronologically with observations and opinions about poetry, black history, gay history, small press publishing, poverty, New York City, and more. ( )
3 vote firecat | Mar 28, 2008 |
I've been a fan of Delany's work for at least 30 years, a great admirer of his courage and imagination, and his dense, poetic writing style. His latest novel is not his usual science fiction or fantasy, but the spare, almost painfully realistic story of a black poet who bears many similarities to Delany himself. It was not always a pleasant or easy read, but it was beautiful and affecting. ( )
3 vote codyne | Aug 25, 2007 |
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Arnold Hawley, a gay, African–American poet, has lived in NYC for most of his life. Dark Reflections traces Hawley's life in three sections — in reverse order. Part one: Hawley, at 50 years old, wins the an award for his sixth book of poems. Part two explores Hawley's unhappy marriage, while the final section recalls his college days. Dark Reflections, moving back and forth in time, creates an extraordinary meditation on social attitudes, loneliness, and life's triumphs.

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