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The Lost Language of Cranes is a novel by David Leavitt, published in 1986. A TV movie of the same name made in 1991. Daniel Defoes Robinson Crusoe; title page of 1719 newspaper edition A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended fictional narrative in prose. ... David Leavitt is a writer. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Lost Language of Cranes was the first novel of David Leavitt, and one of the first books in the English language written directly and openly about gay life, the coming out issue and the difficulty of living in a heterosexual hostile ordinary society. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... In modern society, gay is a word which can be used as either a noun or adjective. ... Coming out of the closet (very often shortened to coming out in winking reference to the public introduction of debutantes) describes the voluntary public announcement of ones sexual orientation, sexual attractions, gender identity, or (less commonly) paraphilia. ... Heterosexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by esthetic attraction, romantic love or sexual desire exclusively for members of the opposite sex or gender, contrasted with homosexuality and distinguished from bisexuality and asexuality. ...


Although the story occurs the in the 1980s, the difficulties of gay people and the treatment from the public is still relevant in some of places in the world, including the U.S. The United States of America — also referred to as the United States, the U.S.A., the U.S., America, the States, or (archaically) Columbia—is a federal republic of 50 states located primarily in central North America (with the exception of two states: Alaska and Hawaii). ...


Plot summary

The novel focuses on a gay son, Philip, who comes out to his parents Owen (Brian Cox) and Rose (Eileen Atkins). What begins as an ostensibly generic coming out tale, surprisingly takes Phillips's coming out very badly. And Owen we learn has more in common with his son than anyone would like to think about. It turns out that Owen, the father, is also gay. Owen who lives in different, more conservative and maybe old fashioned living, had to live in existential "exposure" fear. Rose, the mother, who feels non attractive for long years, uses to betray her husband. the coming out of Philip turns out as a reavilling the life of lies and deceit the two of them had live. Brian Cox as Hannibal Lecter from Michael Manns Manhunter. ... Dame Eileen June Atkins, DBE (born June 16, 1934 in London, England) is a British writer and an award-winning film and theatre actress. ...


A sub plot follows young twin boys who have developed their own private language, outside of which they cannot communicate. It's a brilliant metaphor for how gay people build understanding often through their own isolated experiences, and build language and knowledge that is often misunderstood, threatened and indeed fragile when it comes into contact with the wider world.


External links

  • THE LOST LANGUAGE OF CRANES - the movie (1991), a review, by Mark Adnum
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