“[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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This good, as it allows the reader to focus on the main issue – the narrator’s internal struggle – as well as the fine writing. Jonn you do NOT want to I gave it four stars Dancer from the Dance: Of course, the whole idea of prostitution – especially gay prostitution – was scandalous then, and not openly discussed.

Fifty Years of Rechy’s “City of Night” – Los Angeles Review of Books

Refresh and try again. I turned a corner and there ahead of me was an incredible sight: After the Blue Hour. There is an easy understanding of who and what his characters are; they are presented without sentimentality or self-pity. The Eternal Question of Chess. The decaying remains convince our hero that his mother was right.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. I was raised to be homophobic and confess that it took some doing to get over that prejudice.

It is not presented and it is not conceived, it is written. OR, perhaps because I really enjoyed his language and prose throughout it. Rechy at gay fund raiser and tried to speak to him about the why of the story and the why of nigght particular scene.


His life may not be your cup of tea, but I guarantee that everyone finds a way to rechh to the life lessons he learns. There is a particular scene in the book that stays with me still. But don’t pussyfoot around it! It was an awakening that set him on the journey that would lead to City of Night.

Rechy and the other two original detainees were able to escape. An interesting read and still relevant after fifty years! The ending was so incredibly touching. 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.

As with many groundbreaking works, when City of Night was originally published, critics were divided in their appraisals. The story is great and it; I would like to describe it as a dark, thoughtful story. Jogn January 13th by Grove Press first published rechhy 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 nighf.

The Coming of the Night, I don’t want any injuries. No, not everyone starts gay with guilt, but many do, and this offers one search for the truth, gay is not bad.


I have such complicated feelings about it, but i ultimately rated it four stars because even though it depressed the shit out of me by the time i finally made it to the end, i also found so much of it to be familiar in terms of the speech and behavior of the people in it. He is a truly gifted novelist. And he spends his life running from that death.

I’m glad I read it since it’s a gay classic, but would not read again. This Day’s Death, He was taciturn, almost rude.

City of Night

Swimming Against the Current”. Truly gripping and evocative.

Emotionally I think it rechg on a lot of stuff I related to and haven’t read about beforeto the point where I was willing–happy, even–to overlook things like the description of a hot dog cart as a relic from Hell. But, the penultimate chapter has some very profound things to say about the gay male experience that certainly hold true today. The city of night of the soul.

City of Night – Wikipedia

But it hit The New York Times bestseller list even before the official publication date. Showing of 83 reviews.

I think it succeeds on both counts.