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The Married Man (2000)
Austin is an American furniture
scholar living in Paris. He is pushing fifty, loveless,
drifting. One day at the gym he meets Julien: French, an
architect, much younger and married. Against every expectation,
this chance acquaintance matures into profound romance.
As the two men dash between bohemian
suppers and sophisticated salons, their only impediments
are the easily surmountable and comic clashes of culture,
age, and temperament. Inevitably, however, Julien's past
catches up with them. With increasing desperation, in a
quest to save health and happiness, they move from the shuttered
squares of Venice to sun-drenched Key West, to Montreal
in the snow, and to Providence in the rain. But it is amid
the bleak, baking sands of the Sahara that their love is
pushed to its ultimate crisis.
Haunting and deeply moving, The
Married Man carries the reader along with its protagonists
into uncharted territory, over the rim of love and loss.
It is Edmund White's finest novel.
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