From the bestselling author of 'Longhorns'. Sometimes funny, sometimes tragic and often bawdy, Lola Dances ranges from the 1850 slums of the Bowery to the mining camps of California and Montana, to the Barbary Coast of San Francisco.Little Terry Murphy, pretty and effeminate, dreams of becoming a... show more
From the bestselling author of 'Longhorns'. Sometimes funny, sometimes tragic and often bawdy, Lola Dances ranges from the 1850 slums of the Bowery to the mining camps of California and Montana, to the Barbary Coast of San Francisco.Little Terry Murphy, pretty and effeminate, dreams of becoming a dancer. Raped by a drunken profligate and threatened with prison, Terry flees the Bowery and finds himself in the rugged settlement of Alder Gulch, where he stands out like a sore thumb among the camp's macho inhabitants--until the day he puts on a dress and dances for the unsuspecting miners as beautiful Lola Valdez--and wins fame, fortune and, ultimately, love.
Publish date: February 10th 2008
Publisher: MLR Press
Pages no: 244
Edition language: English
“Lola dances” is a coming of age story, very much a Bildungsroman, starting with an emotional loss, a trauma that will send our hero in wandering tribulations around the wild, wild world in search of maturity and acceptance, thus learning and earning the hard way love, dignity and a place in the wo...
The ending..! :( This book was absolutely fantastic....Yes, the ending was perfect for the story- but I was so invested in this characters, I was honestly shocked and sad it had ended and there was no more. I apologize for this less than eloquent review, but I guess it proves how much this book affe...
4.5 stars.An interesting story. I liked the different points of view used, helped me really get in the different characters’ heads. I happened upon this story and decided to give it a try. Boy am I glad. I enjoyed this story very much. I love the transformation of Terry from a scared, weak little bo...
This book had a lot of dangling threads and I started to wonder how it was going to come together but Banis managed to pull it off. While I sometimes felt that the story meandered a bit, in the end I realized that it hadn't it was just the journey the characters needed to take. All of the characters...
A compendium of human peculiarities: selfishness, cowardice, egocentricity, foolishness, lust, greediness, pride, fortitude... It's a very endearing reading but the end is slightly disappointing. Especially Jake's death is an extreme hymn to Lola allure, but it's unjustified or however badly orchest...