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John Rechy

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Rechy is an important gay writer also linked to the Beat Movement, whose work has been recognized by a number of prestigious grant nominations or awards, including one from the National Endowment for the Arts. He grew up in El Paso, Texas, in a poor, Mexican American family. Because of his poverty näytä lisää and his ethnic heritage, he learned very early in life to feel himself an outsider, which was intensified by his later experiences as a gay hustler traveling America in search of his social and sexual identity. He came to popular and critical attention with his first published novel, City of Night (1963), which was a bestseller and was nominated for the International Prix Formentor. A fictionalized account of his travels, the novel focuses on the people whom the unnamed narrator encounters on the hustling scene in a number of cities, including New York, San Francisco, New Orleans, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Together, these cities make up the titular "city of night," or, as Rechy writes, "the city of night of the soul." A state of mind rather than a particular place, this "city"---modern America---is where hypocrisy and homophobia are reconciled with the fact of homosexuality in various forms, and poverty may be more spiritual than material. The book owes something to two classics: Jack Kerouac's Beat novel, On the Road, which celebrates countercultural alternatives to middle-class culture and lifestyles, including bourgeois marriage and family life, and Djuna Barnes's modernist novel Nightwood, which explores a tragic gay "nightworld" as a symbol of the modern urban wasteland. Rechy addresses similar themes in a later work that is equally well known, The Sexual Outlaw (1977), which he has described as an experiment with the novel form. Ostensibly a documentary of the life of a gay man, the book is also a critique of American values and morality. Commentaries throughout the text are really journalistic essays that expose the double standards and double binds of a "closeted" culture, in which many fear to be openly gay because of homophobic reprisals. Rechy has suggested that all of his work (which includes plays, essays, and reviews, as well as novels) articulates the need to preserve gay "difference," which he associates with "abundant sexuality," in the face of increasing "heterofascism." (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

Sisältää nimet: J. Rechy, RECHY JOHN

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Tekijän teokset

Kaupunkien yössä (1963) 1,014 kappaletta
Numbers (1966) 225 kappaletta
Rushes (1979) 138 kappaletta
The Coming of the Night (1999) 105 kappaletta
Bodies and Souls (1983) 100 kappaletta
The Fourth Angel (1777) 73 kappaletta
The Vampires (1971) 63 kappaletta
This Day's Death (1969) 48 kappaletta
After the Blue Hour (2017) 39 kappaletta
Marilyn's Daughter (1988) 33 kappaletta

Associated Works

The Stonewall Reader (2019) — Avustaja — 344 kappaletta
Men on Men 4: Best New Gay Fiction (1990) — Avustaja — 196 kappaletta
The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature (1998) — Avustaja — 158 kappaletta
Gay Sunshine Interviews. Vol. 1 (1978) — Interviewee — 60 kappaletta
The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (2010) — Avustaja — 58 kappaletta
New American Story (1962) — Avustaja — 48 kappaletta
Big Table 3 (1959) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta

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I did not enjoy reading this book, so I stopped at 21% through it. It's difficult to say anything good about it.
 
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BrianEWilliams | Nov 30, 2022 |
USA, Los Angeles, ca 1965
En ung mand, Johnny Rio, kører rundt i Los Angeles området og bliver brugt og bruger selv en masse mænd seksuelt. Christopher Isherwood og Don Bachardy er forlæg for et par af personerne (og Don Bachardy syntes dårligt om det).

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bnielsen | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 9, 2019 |
This is the first novel John Rechy published, based on his life as a hustler. Not one city--adventures take place in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and New Orleans--but the hustling scene of masculine hustlers, queens, scores and vice cops is similar in all these places. The protagonist is torn between the world of education, career and writing, which he has worked to gain admittance to, and the attractions of confirming his desirability in the simplest possible fashion: being paid for access to his body.… (lisätietoja)
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ritaer | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 15, 2018 |
I have been reading this book in tandem with _City of the Night_, one of the novels Rechy based on parts of his life described in this book, which was written later. In both works one can see the extreme role-playing of the gay lifestyle in the 50s and 60s, the fear of arrest or exposure, and the denial and self-hatred. Rechy spent years centering his identity on his sexual desirability, his ability to attract men willing to pay him for fleeting, non-reciprocated sex. In the hustling world he had to conceal his intellect and deny that he was attracted to men. His descriptions of interactions regarding his writing are reminiscent of the pitfalls surrounding women with talent-- as he avoids the 'casting couch' and insists on having his work accepted for it's own sake. The kept woman of the tile was a figure from his childhood: the older sister of Rechy's younger sister's husband, who had defied her father's wrath to attend the wedding. The young Rechy saw the woman, mysterious and veiled, and heard her referred to as 'the kept woman' of a powerful and wealthy man in Mexico. She becomes s symbol for him of someone who lives her life in defiance of conventional morality. Another memory from his youth is a young woman whom he had dated briefly, who remakes herself by taking another name and leaving El Paso. She successfully poses as Spanish and marries a prominent San Franciscan. Many of the people mentioned are given fake names, as most were not out of the closet. Others, such as Christopher Isherwood and Allen Ginsberg are named. It is interesting to note that open rebellion against police abuses was sporadic in LA long before the Stonewall riot.… (lisätietoja)
 
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ritaer | 1 muu arvostelu | Mar 14, 2018 |

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