City of Night (Paperback)

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Considered a groundbreaking contribution to Chicano and LGBT literature, John Rechy's autobiographical novel City of Night was published in 1963 to great scandal. Its depictions of the hustling life and the characters the narrator comes to know as he drifts across the country will leave you heartbroken, haunted, and sometimes horrified.

— Aurora

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" 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. . . . This is a most humbling and liberating achievement."--James Baldwin

When John Rechy's explosive first novel appeared in 1963, it marked a radical departure in fiction, and gave voice to a subculture that had never before been revealed with such acuity. It earned comparisons to Genet and Kerouac, even as Rechy was personally attacked by scandalized reviewers. Nevertheless, the book became an international bestseller, and fifty years later, it has become a classic. Bold and inventive in style, Rechy is unflinching in his portrayal of one hustling "youngman" and his search for self-knowledge within the neon-lit world of hustlers, drag queens, and the denizens of their world, as he moves from El Paso to Times Square, from Pershing Square to the French Quarter. Now including never-seen original marked galley pages and an interview with the author, Rechy's portrait of the edges of America has lost none of its power to move and exhilarate.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780802121530
ISBN-10: 0802121535
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: November 12th, 2013
Pages: 400
Language: English