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“[Rechy’s] tone rings absolutely true, is absolutely his own He tells the truth, and tells it with such passion that we are forced to share in the life he conveys. On the 50th anniversary of City of Night, John Rechy talks to Charles Casillo about its publication and its impact. He came to world attention in with the publication of his first novel, City of Night, which revealed the previously unknown world of gay hustling and.

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Get to Know Us. Finding it difficult to believe that someone so young who knew that world so intimately could possibly be such a brilliant writer, many critics at first speculated that the book must have been reechy by an established writer under a pseudonym – perhaps James Baldwin or Tennessee Williams. But at the end of the day, I think Rechy himself describes my feelings for this book in his last paragraphs: Sep 12, Carlos Mock rated it really liked it. But beyond that I found there or be so much psychobabble and pretension that the book was at times completely insufferable.

Someone’s going to make a movie out of this one day. The Mardi Gras scenes are also genuinely Boschian nohn more than repaid the effort of getting through some of the talkier chapters.

I particularly enjoyed the Los Angeles section which was quite sizable because that is where I live, and johj because it had the most colorful characters, the hustlers and the drag queens. For me, this ranks right up there erchy “Giovanni’s Room” for story. The implied desirability of the narrator aroused envy in some males.

Pages to import images to Wikidata. Drawing on his own background, he has also contributed to Chicano literature, especially with his novel The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez, which is ta John Rechy is an American author, the child of a Scottish father and a Mexican-American mother.

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Showing of 83 reviews. The largely passive narrator acts as a device for hearing out the stories of various characters from this furtive sexual underworld, a few of which are incredibly poignant; but there are longueurs too across the many months and miles, and any resolution Bits of this book are certainly 4-star, a few chapters may even merit 5, but the overall journey through the nocturnal world of s America’s gay hustling scene, over almost pages of small print, was just fity little too arduous for my liking.

He’s incredibly laid back and observational about the whole thing, whether he’s trying to milk money off a rich client in Los Angeles or watching a nifht I read this because David Bowie cited it as one of his favorite books in an interview, and Bowie’s got some good taste did you know “Wham, bam, thank you mam” is a reference to a Charles Mingus song?

Pete, the “youngman”–or male hustler–at 42nd Street, who like the other.

See and discover other items: It is a journey by might nameless narrator, through this clandestine world of furtive love. Feb 01, Raymond rated it it was amazing Shelves: I actually finished this book months ago, but I never rated it because I wanted to write a comprehensive review and now it was so long ago that all i can say: The book is filled with moments that perfectly capture the alienated gay culture of the 60s in an at times shocking way. Sometimes his noght compartmentalized worlds collided, as on the evening he was standing shirtless on Hollywood Boulevard, his muscular torso on full display, when one of his students happened to pass by.

City of Night and John Rechy

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Which is a shame because niggt beautifully written and the book is not sexually explicit at all. I’m unsure how in my collection of gay literature canon I somehow glossed over this novel until now. Written in the pre-Stonewall of early s, featuring strong, sympathetic characters from gay4pay hustlers, forlorn drag queens, self-absorbed elder gays, leather fetishists with an inclination towards Nazis, those affecting masculinity, those failing, and all of the above despairing for that which they don’t have.

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All in all, not a particularly easy read, but an interesting one if you’re into seeing the changes in both LGBT lifestyles and indeed LGBT fiction since the s.

It’s depressing and heavy and a spoonful down your throat. It is the dark side of being homosexual, but reflets the the reality of gay life as I experienced it. That slacker mentality is thankfully back in its mischievously muted manner – ‘It gave me the Set before my time but I was blown away by the language, the ghetto pattois, the polari, call it what you will.

It just seemed like an endless cycle of the same behavior for the main character, but I suppose it jojn with the lifestyle that the character is living. This novel stunned readers when it first appeared: Published January 13th by Cify Press first nighht I have never stopped reading it. And you do NOT want to see how some of us form that art.

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So when the gushing honesty of its characters overflows onto the page, do not be surprised to find yourself in awe of what this book actually accomplishes. Thank you for signing up!

They are lonely and want to be noght for who they truly are, but all the while are constructing disguises, wearing masks. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? I started reading his novel right there in the store. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. In City nighr NightRechy shows that people create alter egos to disguise that they are afraid.