“[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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You’ll then be redirected back to LARB. Said James Baldwin of the author, “Rechy is the most arresting young writer I’ve read in a very long time. Our hero pertains to be a “top” and there are scenes he will not engage in. Which is why I gave it four stars.


Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. In the process we meet other hustlers and lots of Johns. He offered to pay for the corrections himself.

During a Mardi Gras celebration, the protagonist we never know his name leaps on to a float carrying a beautiful young drag queen Kathy, and her hustler lover Jocko and asks Kat City of Night, as I remember it, is a powerful, dead on depiction of the gay underworld of the late 50’s, early sixties.

But her mother answers: But everyone wants a taste of that sinister life.

City of Night and John Rechy

After its publication Rechy never sat down and reread City of Night cover to cover. Gotta pick a side of the fence homey. The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez, I may never have been a transient male prostitute in my life yetbut something rings true and warm in icty soul with such quotes as: The city of night of the soul.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Pick up those dropped jaws kids. City of Night, There are also at least two books here — one an almost journalistic account of life in the bars nifht on the streets and another, much less satisfying overlay of drama and unconvincing introspection. But what didn’t appeal to me in this book is the majority of the stories. citty

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The book had a profound influence on many other artists, including Jim Morrison and David Bowie. I’m unsure how in my collection of gay literature canon I somehow glossed over this novel until now. It’s depressing and heavy and a spoonful down your throat. This is more streamlined than Kerouac’s work, and though both shared a love for the scope of the American road and cityscapes, this is a memorable book for being one of the first to openly depict the often over or underlooked gay scene that was so consistently marginalized.

This was quite a read. 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. I can see why it was such an important book when it was published, considering what the book is about. Of course, the whole idea of prostitution – especially gay prostitution – was scandalous then, and not openly discussed.

No, they are not happy places in this era, maybe in any era in the U. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. A lot of this reminded me of Jack Kerouac, if he was more refined and could concentrate better. The book is about a mostly gay hustler who drifts through the major U.

Customers who bought this item also bought. 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 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. The novel is a panorama of the seedier side of American life.

City of Night

I didn’t think of it as a book. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Gay life is changing, or I have not lived it as a young man in many years hahaha. My favorite character is the professor in New York. As with all lasting literature, they will read City of Night through their own eyes, in their own way. Lonely, punishing, and transcendent. It’s a tale immense loneliness, and you want this guy to find his way out, and find himself, and maybe some happiness.

Apr 21, Judy rated it liked it Shelves: As the narrator careens from El Paso to Times Square, from Pershing Square to the Joh Quarter, we get an unforgettable look at a neon-lit life on the edge.

It will take time to get into, but it is well worth it.

Might it was long after the original publication, through City of Night Rechy taught me that my feelings of isolation could be released, that my experiences could be written. City of Night by John Rechy. Someone caught in a life he must elevate, but no sign he deprecated his boys as some do and did. It is a novel about loneliness, about love and the ceaseless, furtive search for love. Sep 12, Carlos Mock rated it really liked it.

Also, a great period piece. As usual for interviews, he was dressed casually — he could have just been exercising.

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