The GLBTRT has been reviewing books and movies in its newsletter since the early 1990s. Trace the evolution of queer publishing through these historic reviews. This review was originallyÂ published in Â Vol. 5. No. 1, Spring 1993.Â
William Carfax is a young boy growing up in Dallas, TX, in the mid-1930’s. Long before young William discovers his sexual identity, he discovers his drug of choice, the movies. This campy send up of a coming-of-age novel is, at best a difficult read. The hero of the story is a hopelessly spoiled mama’s boy who reacts to everything in his life as if it were a scene from a movie. He unwittingly falls in with a group of very effeminate young men and decides that this must be his life trajectory.
There’s lots and lots of elevated philosophical rhetoric in this slim novel. The plot jumps around from fantasy to reality without the reader ever having been aware that they’d left one reality and entered another. The author’s love for music; classical and jazz as well as for opera, movies, and most of all, the English language, permeates the novel.
Reviewed by David R. Hardee
College of Library and Information Science
University of South Carolina