He [Thom McGinty] was our King — the King of everyone ever called a faggot or queer or weirdo or blow-in, of everyone who ever dared to truly be themselves and even those too scared to try; of everyone eccentric or outcast or different, he was High King of all the diversity without which any society cannot grow 1.
Remember the first step on the street - the footfall and the shadow of its fall - into silence. The method is compositional rather than narrative in so far as it does not aim so much at identifying speakers exchanging viewpoints consistently as at foregrounding the exclamatory oratory of parroting in worldly society.
In Prancing Nigger which takes place in a West Indian republic compounded of Cuba and Haiti , a family of black people intent on getting into society are described with inconsequential levity:. Online at: www. A familial model of society displaces recognition of structural racism and other systemic inequalities 4.
By focusing on the efforts of two generations of biographers and scholars to reconstruct the life of Cecil Valance, a War-poet, modeled on Rupert Brooke, Hollinghurst suggests that all attempts to delve into the inner recesses of former times are bound to generate competing interpretations with the prospect of getting at the real thing receding further and further.
The prize-winning novel, which is chiefly about the ghastly Thatcher years treated in a satirical vein, was presented as the first fiction with an openly gay theme to be so celebrated.