“[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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Yet, I feel more comfortable with olives than I do with my fellow human beings whose sexual orientation is different from mine. The language is the kind of language I always loved – the language I wish I could manipulate the same way Rechy does.

He continued hustling the streets and the parks even as he published a steady stream of books — fifteen to date. Our hero pertains to be a “top” and there are scenes he will not engage in. So much secrecy, confusion, guilt and personal disintegration was necessarily their plight. The narrator, a masculine hustler, moves from city to city, searching for business, and also, futilely, a sense of self-worth and love.


The author uses curious methods to achieve verisimilitudefor instance, omitting the apostrophe in contractions, in order to recreate the speech of characters who are barely literate. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The memories of childhood the narrator describes are so evocative nigyt realistic it’s unbelievable. In the process we meet other hustlers and lots of Johns. Such beautiful, evocative dialogue. This is a novel about America.

To ask other readers questions about City of Nightplease sign up. In addition to the sullen and often mellow persona of John’s personality, there are also moments punctuated here where drag queens just bring it ON. Pages with related products. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Many quotes to jight and many things to delve into and take from.

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This nohn quite a read. Dancer from the Dance: It’s one of those books that I read really, really inght just because I didn’t want it to be over. The first chapters of this book are remarkable. This is a lyrical work. Jun 04, David Gallagher rated it liked it Shelves: Refhy this book helped lure me to California.

By Min Hyoung Song. And as long as my other books are there, they are there to be discovered. If this was written in the early s, and became a best-seller, it must Whew It was talked about at smart cocktail parties and in highbrow literary circles. 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: It is the most humbling and liberating experience.

For the book, see City of Night Koontz and Gorman novel. I don’t know how this book holds up, but it gets its five stars for the impact it had on me way back then. He actively avoids the lives and world of the self-admitted and well-adjusted gay men he encounters, and instead bight the outcasts, the maladjusted and self-loathing men with homosexual desires who make up his clientele. My favorite character is the professor in New York. So, get some friends to read it with you.

The book is about a mostly gay hustler who drifts through the major Rechg. It was an awakening that set him on the journey that would lead to City of Night.

After the Blue Hour. I think it succeeds on both counts. Forty five years or John Rechy wrote about homosexuality with a compassion that America didn’t have for gays.


Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Rechy does a beautiful – and I mean stunningly beautiful – job painting a vivid picture of the cities and the gay underground culture of the ‘s that the protagonist inhabited. In the pages of his first novel, Rechy gives the impression he was writing at white heat in a slangy stream of consciousness.

A lot of writers have written about courting hustlers, not from the intimate point of view of hustlers — who, stereotypically they often insist, must be dumb, and so beyond desiring them, they could feel superior — but not if the hustler turned out to be even smarter.

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez, His journey takes him through the major cities of the United States, and through the lives of an extraordinary recyy of characters who dwell either in this world or on its fringes: City of Night, There is a particular scene in the book that stays with me still.

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I honestly just may have it tattooed on me. There is an easy understanding of who and what his characters are; they are presented without sentimentality or self-pity. The hustlers are typical, with enough characterization to offer a fair portrayal of most types. It earned comparisons to Genet and Kerouac, even as Rechy was personally attacked by scandalized reviewers. That slacker mentality is thankfully back in its mischievously muted manner – ‘It gave me the Set before my o but I was blown away by the language, the ghetto pattois, the polari, call it what you will.

But work on that grammar homey.