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The Dreyfus Affair by Peter Lefcourt 
27th-Aug-2006 11:40 pm
Okay, okay...I just couldn't resist. Could you? ^_~

Lefcourt, Peter. The Dreyfus Affair. 1992. New York: HarperPerennial, 1993.
Summary: Shortstop and rising star Randy Dreyfus has a crush on his second baseman D. J. Pickett and eventually acts on his feelings. His wife suspects and hires a private detective, but it's not until an unfortunate incident in a department store changing room that their secret is revealed and gets them banned from baseball. Fortunately, sports writer Milt Zola reverses the tide of public opinion and gets them reinstated.
Comments: Lite reading of the best sort--plenty of belly laughs, predictable yet enjoyable plot twists, and a star-crossed, teeth-rotting romance. Baseball fans will also undoubtedly love Ellis's many descriptions of games, but pretty much anyone can enjoy this pulpy, delightful book. Despite the essentially unchallenging nature of Lefcourt's writing, there is the occasional deft structural moment to give the reader pause to savor the writer's craft; my particular favorite was Randy's obsession with having his own dog whacked. Not until he begins to accept his homosexual desires openly to himself does he begin to feel affection for the dog. The only source of disappointment was the character of D. J. Though Randy comes instantly alive in all of his quirks (masturbating to Penthouse to prove to himself that he's still straight, bursting into sudden tears at compromising moments, etc.), self-accepting gay man D. J. is otherwise a cipher with hardly any color at all (save his non-white racial status). Anyway, despite all of the 15+ year old cultural references and what these days would be a major overreaction to the sexual orientation of someone famous, the book remains reasonably fun and fresh.
Notes: trade paperback, 1st printing, out-of-print
Rating: 6/10 - An uber-fun story that flies by way faster than its word count would suggest.
1st-Sep-2006 05:21 am (UTC)
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