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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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I’m glad I read it since it’s a rschy classic, but would not read again. Thank you for signing up! The Fourth Angel, And he spends his life running from that death. It’s a thinly-veiled roman nigt clef about the author’s life as a rough-trade hustler in the gay scenes of several major US cities I read this book because it was recommended posthumously, in a long-ago interview by David Bowie.

Return to Book Page. Pete, the “youngman”–or male hustler–at 42nd Street, who like the other. What we did was on the fringes of society. Lonely, punishing, and transcendent.

The book documents its time, a time when homosexuality was illegal, and still described in medical books as a mental illness. For a young gay man, and occasional trick turner, it was a book that spoke to my experience in a world that did not want me to be. One admirer recently told me:. And not only that, he kept right on cruising and hustling as he continued to be a force in the literary world.

Should begin in El Paso, in Texas. The largely passive narrator acts nigut a device for hearing out the stories of various characters recy 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 a little too arduous for my liking.


Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. I have such complicated feelings about it, but i ultimately rated it four stars because even though it depressed the shit out of me by the time i finally made it to the end, i also found so much of it to be familiar in terms of the speech and behavior of the people in it.


Also, a great period piece. I know it’s loosely autobiographical, and it really read that way.

We read many Beat writers in college but missed this book, probably because when I went to school at a Catholic university Gay themes ciity not something they wanted to discuss. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. So, get some friends to read it with you. What I meant to say was that Senor Rechy walks the fine line of those that can pull this off and those straight blow it.

I found many passages worth posting in Goodreads and on Facebook. It’s a perversion in itself. He actively avoids the lives and world of the self-admitted and well-adjusted gay men he encounters, and instead pursues the outcasts, the maladjusted and self-loathing men with homosexual desires who make jonn his clientele.

Which is why I gave it four stars. It’s depressing and heavy and a spoonful recny your throat. It is the dark side of being homosexual, but reflets the the reality of gay life as I experienced it.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Drawing on his own background, he has also contributed recyy 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.

And you recchy NOT want to I gave it four stars Share your thoughts with other customers. Set before my time but I was blown away by the language, the ghetto pattois, the polari, call it what you will.


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The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez, Retrieved from ” https: Buy the selected items together This item: It also seemed really repetitive, and I’m sort of doubting wh This was recy really hard book to get through, and I really struggled with it.

Feb 01, Isaac rated it really liked it. This is his best book.

As the main character moves from El Paso to NYC, before taking in cities like LA, Dallas, Njght and SF, we read stories about the ‘dive bars’, ‘scores’, ‘queens’ rwchy ‘hustlers’ he encounters, I picked up the 50th anniversary copy of this novel in The Strand in NYC based on its blurb, it somehow having passed under my radar in the past.

It is a novel about loneliness, about love and the ceaseless, furtive search for love, a wistful, moving, ultimately very sad account of a young man’s erratic journey through the now-vanished Homosexual subculture of America’s cities in the late ‘s, early ‘s. It combines an understanding not only of the insistent drumbeats of gay sexuality and male emotion but also the orange-drink-and-popcorn-scented center of the seediest American city centers, ca. Coming out barely 5 years after “On The Road”, Rechy’s style certainly owes a debt to Kerouac, but not so much as to distract.

Get to Know Us. I honestly just may have it tattooed on me. Oct 27, Kerry rated it really liked it. It is the most humbling and liberating experience. But pf never, never, never doing this or that – well it’s slightly insane.

As usual for interviews, he was dressed casually — he could have just been exercising. Actually more like a 3. Pages with related products.