“[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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Thank you for signing up! As nigjt all lasting literature, they will read City of Night through their own eyes, in their own way. Want to Read saving…. The Los Angeles-based portion of the book relies heavily on characters who are drag queens and transgenderwhich would seem to leave the object of the song as sexually ambiguous.

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City of Night

Lists with This Book. Sep 17, Andy rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was enamored by this living god and continued to be for years to come. The book had a profound influence on many other artists, including Jim Morrison and David Bowie. And like “On The Road”, this book seems so far to be more about the journey than the destination.

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Review Praise for City of Night: Sometimes his carefully 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 ckty pass by. Truly gripping and evocative. Aug 09, Matthew rated it it was amazing Shelves: People around Hollywood still remember Rechy from those earlier days.

I had to force myself to get through it. Rechy continued to struggle with his own vulnerabilities as his need to be sexually desired grew more urgent. But what didn’t appeal to me in this book is the majority of the stories.


Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Apr 21, Judy rated it liked it Shelves: If this was written in the early s, and became a best-seller, it must Whew I just saw in the NYTimes that Grove is putting out the 50th anniversary edition – my heart stopped for just a second, and even as I’m writing this my stomach has that forbidden fruit feeling of something thrilling and frightening this way coming.

OR, perhaps because I really enjoyed his language and prose throughout it. Angels equals male beauty I can’t really know because I am heterosexual and though I have gay friends there is a reticence between us when it comes to talking about sexual orientation. The book includes writing about the Cooper Do-nuts Riotwhich happened in in Los Angeles, when the lesbians, gay men, transgender people, and drag queens who hung out at Cooper Do-nuts and who were frequently harassed by the LAPD fought back after police arrested three people, including Rechy.

But it hit The New York Times bestseller list even before the official publication date. I can’t say that I miss it, but it was nice knowing that it was around. But her mother answers: Views Read Edit View history. 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.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Of course, the whole idea of prostitution – especially gay prostitution – was scandalous then, and not openly discussed. Many nivht of the day were appalled. The droning psychobabble during the last fifth of the book really started to get on my nerves.

He tells the truth, and tells it with such passion that we are forced to share in the life he conveys. This year is the 50th anniversary of the publication of City of Nightwhich is being released this month by Grove Atlantic, Inc. He has a unique writing style in this book that makes it a good read.


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.

His journey takes him through the major cities of the United States, and through the lives of an extraordinary collection of characters who dwell either in this rechhy or on its fringes: This is a novel about America. Set up a giveaway. Aug 18, I.

City of Night by John Rechy

Much of the vernacular did fill in some missing blanks and made me understand many terms still floating about on the modern scene. Occasionally the narrator’s writing felt a bit overcooked, but I loved the dialogue for the same reason I didn’t like the description. But like the end of the scene – after another orgasm the human connection is lost.

It was an awakening that set him on the journey recht would lead to City of Night. I’m glad to see it’s still available, and amazed that its reissue has caused me such a visceral reaction on this fog-bound, living-room comfortable, cozy and warm Thanksgiving morning.

Merey rated it it was amazing Shelves: I think it succeeds on both counts. This was nighy really hard book to get through, and I really struggled with it. 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. Nov 23, Kobe Bryant rated it liked it.