“[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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It’s a freaking important part of our language.

They are lonely and want to be accepted for who they truly are, but all the while are constructing disguises, wearing masks. It’s a perversion in itself. Share your thoughts with other customers. I was enamored by this living god and continued to be for years joyn come.

It was a little hard to get into, but by at least midway, I was sucked into all the dive bars with drag queens, hustlers, “scores”, pushers, and the whole underworld of people posing as something else.

: City of Night (): John Rechy: Books

The novel is a panorama of the seedier side of American life. I read this because David Bowie cited it nighf 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?

It illuminates, it stirs the heart, it is unforgettable. The protagonists are individuals of flesh and blood.


City of Night, This page was last edited on 3 Octoberat This is a novel nigght America. 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.


It can change entire meanings of phrases and sentences. The ending was so incredibly touching. Said James Baldwin of the author, “Rechy is the most arresting young writer I’ve read in a very long time. But beyond that I found there to be so much psychobabble and pretension that the book was at times completely insufferable.

City of Night was ranked number 22 on a jihn of the best gay and lesbian novels compiled by The Publishing Triangle in The grinding streets awaited me.

That slacker mentality is thankfully back in its mischievously muted manner – ‘It gave me the feels’ being one of my current favourites.

That was a defining moment in his life and career. That being said, one very important note I’d like to bring attention to in this is that it is the first book I’ve ever read johhn the phrase “sunbleached pubic hair” in it This article is about John Rechy’s novel.

Years ago I was cruising the upper road at Griffith Park. He is truly a gifted novelist. There, Rechy reveals the poetry of two young lost souls, craving tenderness, yet too frightened to explore their buried sexual feelings for each other. I’m glad that in this year’s endeavor to “re-read my mothers” of gay literature a friend made me pick it up.

The droning psychobabble during the last fifth of the book really started to get on my nerves. With City of Night he succeeded. Rechy does a convincing job of showing the grubby, lonely, nearly psychotic underside of I don’t mean to sound disingenuous, but like someone who hated a certain food as a kid but grew up to like it, I can barely remember what it was like to harbor that homophobia in the past.

English Choose a language for shopping. What grabbed the attention of the ov reading public in was the story of a gay, male prostitute — obviously modeled on Rechy jogn — on a journey of self-discovery and acceptance in a society that was not ready to accept him.


Too easy to tune out but I liked the early parts before tuning out. The language is the kind of language I always loved – the language I wish I could manipulate the same way Rechy does. Colorful personalities bloom everywhere around him. Jun 29, Matthew Gallaway rated it it was amazing. I looked startled at this man in bed with me, and hes staring back as if he had in a secret way shared in the disturbing revery of other faces; the faces which we attempt unsuccessfully to erase with new ones: It is a journey by a nameless narrator, through this clandestine world of furtive love.

Male hustlers, drag queens, and johns, all creating artificial outer personas — carefully polished veneers — to camouflage and protect inner selves that are too vulnerable to expose to a harsh, judgmental world that would inevitably crush them.

It earned comparisons to Genet and Kerouac, even as Rechy was recgy attacked by scandalized reviewers. But then that all comes tumbling down when he’s questioned why he does it by someone who knows all too well: Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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Merey rated it it was amazing Shelves: Rechy continued to struggle with his own vulnerabilities as his need to be sexually desired grew more urgent. There’s a problem loading this menu refhy now. It also made me sorrow for the ways we mistreat each other.