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City of Night [Kindle Edition]

John Rechy
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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A breathless, amphetamine-fuelled dash across America... Rechy s descriptive energy is instead reserved for city life s twilight world and a colourful parade of characters... his descriptive energy surpasses any queer literature label. --New Statesman

John Rechy's groundbreaking novel `City of Night' lifted the lid on gay life in `60's America... it broke new ground with its depiction of the gay sexual subculture in America's cities... The author is ripe for rediscovery... uncensored for the first time. --Time Out

City of Night put a light up to the murky gay underworld of 60s America… The author was praised for his Benzedrine-fuelled prose and his pitch-perfect ear for period slang… A modern classic. --Boyz

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"John Rechy's groundbreaking novel `City of Night' lifted the lid on gay life in `60's America... it broke new ground with its depiction of the gay sexual subculture in America's cities... The author is ripe for rediscovery... uncensored for the first time."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 676 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0802130836
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press (3 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WB2BZI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #228,448 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John Rechy comes from a family of Mexican artistocrats and grew up in the USA. During his early 20's he drifted around the US, working as a hustler and these experiences are the basis for 'City of Night'. He currently teaches at the University of Southern California.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enduring classic novel. 17 Aug. 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I have just re-read this novel--I read it as required reading more than ten years ago at Yale. The book has not aged one bit. If anything, it becomes richer, and the characters I remembered came back to life even more vividly, especially Pete the Times Square hustler, and Miss Destiny, the L.A. dragqueen, and Sylvia, the New Orleans gay bar owner always searching for her banished son. So many others spring alive in this moving novel about America at night.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars City Of The Night 19 May 2013
By Ralph
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A really good book with a strong story. There were times when the book jumped from city to city leaving me a little lost, there were times when i wished a story was a little more developed. Some characters seemed to be simple lost or dropped in the tale. But all in all I found this book to be a very good read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastc! 22 Mar. 2013
Format:Paperback
Fantastic writing. I have to write 20 words at least...so i could write the word fantastic 20 times,,,is that helpful?,,well yeah it is really. JUST READ IT FOR YOURSELF! and see what you think. Raw, brutal, sad,candid,funny, enlightening,soulful. I was there on his journey!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Meat As Fresh As The Day It Was Written 30 May 2005
Format:Paperback
Written in the early 1960s, this book reads like it could have been written a lot more recently. There's a modernism to the style that keeps it young. The attention to detail and character are strong and riveting. Locations and scenes come to life. It's alive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Lost Angel.... 10 Jan. 2015
By Stephen E. Andrews TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
I first read about 'City of Night' around 1980, when I read Hopkins and Sugarman's important biography of Jim Morrison (vocalist with The Doors), 'No-one Here Gets Out Alive'. Morrison was a great admirer of 'City of Night', which at the time was regarded as a major counterculture novel, up there with such obvious modern classics as 'On The Road', 'Junky', 'Naked Lunch' and 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'. Sugarman claims that Morrison gave him (Sugarman) the book to read -amongst a pile of other tomes - when he was only fourteen, an act of literary rebelliousness that still shocked him years later. Morrison's own affection for the book is clear - he quotes from it in the songs "Break On Through (to the Other Side)" - from The Doors' debut ("made the scene/week to week/day to day/hour to hour") and "L.A. Woman" -from The Doors final Morrison-fronted album ("another lost angel/in the city of night").

Despite all this, 'City of Night' is virtually forgotten in Britain today. The last mass-market edition was the Granada A format paperback that went out of print in 1986 and since then, its been missing from UK bookshops, so the Independent Voices edition is a welcome reissue. My own feeling is that this book should have been snapped up by Penguin Modern Classics, but then they've neglected to acquire the work of Alexander Trocchi also.....but I digress. 'City of Night' is, despite its growing obscurity, still a classic counterculture novel that anyone interested in subcultures and the emergent counter-culture must read. For too long, its has been ghetto-ised as a 'gay novel', though of course it is a seminal work (no pun intended) in homosexual literature.
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4.0 out of 5 stars captures well a past era 1 July 2013
Format:Paperback
This is a classic but it belongs to an older generation than most of our members. They didn't like it all whereas I thought it conjured up that past very well, especially in its use of spliced words: Horrormovie (which also appears in the film A Clockwork Orange), youngman, sexmoney, malenurse, malehustlers, spadebar, malebar, nightpeople, meanlooked, ghostfaces, ghostwords, ghostrooms, rush-gushed and its lack of apostrophes.

Loneliness and hunger for relationship emerge in recounting the seeds of restlessness in childhood, never really knew father, remoteness towards people, craving for attention, sex turned me even more in on myself `You are lost, deep down in your soul.' `There's got to be some kind of morality. Not the kind they teach you in Sunday School'- gypsy woman. I appear young but inside it's like miles of years have passed. `You want, very much to be loved- but you don't want to love back.' `I' say that, when you leave, I'll be less lonely than you.' As a child, afraid of the dark, Orgasms have made us strangers again, Nightcities, nightlives substitute for salvation, Was religious until dog died, goes into church ands finds it empty

Rentboys are playing a game - not really for the money. Punters don't like fems or people who read books. An acting teacher passes a boy round. Youth is a badge, beauty is a treasure, old men's faces are bloated that were once beautiful, haunted eyes. An onlooker at the beach is ashamed when he sees screaming fairies, doesn't flash the cash, hates the word `gay'

One felt seduced into violence, and later feels revulsion at what he had done -then when he apologises he is told he isn't supposed to care. In one moment - split self sober me looking at drunk me - only one priest listens over the `phone and says `I know.
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