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Praise for City of Night:

“One of the few major American writers whose life is almost as interesting, and meaningful, as his work.”—Michael Cunningham

“A ground-breaking book . . . observing a whole new array of characters . . . many for the first time in American literature. . . . A classic American novel.”—Edmund White, The New York Review of Books

“Probably no novel published in this decade is so complete, so well held together, and so important as City of Night.”—Larry McMurtry

“One of the major books to be published since World War II.”—The Washington Post

City of Night is one of the most remarkable novels to appear in years. . . . It illuminates, it stirs the heart, it is unforgettable.”—Herbert Gold

“This is one of the best first novels in recent years. . . . It is not presented and it is not conceived, it is written.”—Frank O’Hara, Kulchur

City of Night is a remarkable book. . . . Mr. Rechy writes in an authentic jive-like slang: the nightmare existence is explored with a clarity not often clouded by sentimentality and self-pity. The book therefore has the unmistakable ring of candor and truth.”—Peter Buitenhuis, The New York Times Book Review

“John Rechy shows great comic and tragic talent. He is a truly gifted novelist.”—Christopher Isherwood

“A stunning piece of writing.”—David Bowie

“When John Rechy’s first novel, City of Night, appeared in 1963, there had never been anything quite like it. . .Its urgent, syntax-scrambled style [was] a wonderful shock to the reading eye, like that of Hubert Selby’s Last Exit to Brooklyn and William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch. City of Night was distinctly a Beat novel, rangy and full of bold riffs as a Charlie Parker album. Rechy displayed a throwaway brilliance.”—Gary Indiana, The Los Angeles Times Book Review

“An American classic, with its loner hero, its juke joints and neon signs, its restless shifting from city to city . . . a hybrid of On the Road and Catcher in the Rye.”—Independent on Sunday (London)

“The novel has not aged a bit. . . . one reads [it] eagerly. . . . We understand better its exceptional authenticity, its premonitory vision, its subtle literary innovations. The characters . . . have the tragic complexity of Vautrin, Charlus, or Morel, and the aggressive solitude of the marginal people of Jean Genet. . . . Its poetry is not ostentatious nor imposed. . . . The protagonists are individuals of flesh and blood.”—Hugo Marsan, Le Monde (France)

“Rechy is more than a good reporter, for he has touched his materials with the imagination and the craft of a writer.”—Granville Hicks, The Saturday Review of Literature

“It is the honesty about his narcissism, his depression, and his sexual promiscuity that lifts Rechy’s writing to art. Like so many books, City got attention because of the sex, but it’s really about the soul.”—Daniel Curzon, The Los Angeles Times

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

John Rechy is the author of twelve novels, among them the New York Times bestseller Numbers, the Los Angeles Times bestsellers Rushes and The Coming of the Night, as well as The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gómez and the nonfiction books The Sexual Outlaw and About My Life and the Kept Woman (all from Grove Press). He has received many awards, including PEN Center USA’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the William Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement. He lives in Los Angeles


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Von Ein Kunde am 18. Dezember 1999
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With the year 2000 approaching, everybody's looking back and remembering what made its impression most strongly, and the books worth rereading. I read this novel ten years ago, and it's stayed in my memory. I didn't want to read it again in case it hadn't held up. But I did, and I'm glad, because not only does it hold up, but it becomes even better, this view of America from New York to Los Angeles, not just the gay world, but a look at all people searching for meaning, finding substitutes sometimes. The scenes at Mardi Gras are spell-binding, capturing the revelry, and the loneliness and the humor, and the excitement. It's all there, even more vivid than I remember. A masterpiece.
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Von Ein Kunde am 5. Dezember 1999
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"Best" lists are appearing everywhere, and some are pretty unreliable. But I note that "City of Night" is appearing on several lists of outstanding novels; it deserves to be there. When I saw it listed, I read it again--I had read it first 10 years ago, and I was surprised that it seemed even better than the first time. It moved me even more in reading about these lives, and there's terrific humor thorughout, too. It's an epic book that spans across the country, with a cast of unforgettable characters--who can forget Miss Destiny and Skipper and Sylvia? Parts of it are sheer poetry. This is a masterpiece that deserves its place among the top 100 books.
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This book hit me like a million bricks. As a sexually confused 18 year-old male who never reads I actually believed I was present in the situations. I know this book has changed the way I look at life, I suggest anyone, gay or strait, to read this fascinating novel.
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Von Ein Kunde am 30. Juni 1999
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The recent list of 100 best gay books of all time included "City of Night" among the top, but as far as I'm concerned this novel belongs at the very, very top. I don't know of another book that has the scope this one has, the varied characters, men and women, cruisers, hustlers--and it goes all over the country, from Texas to New Orleans, New York, California. It has an epic sweep that captures a part of the world that still remains very much like the author described it and parts of it still remain misunderstood. It's a great novel,period, not just a great gay novel.
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When City of Night was published in 1963, I was a 19 year old freshman in Cincinnati. I recall having to keep this scandalous book hidden, except for those precious moments alone with it...and his story told me of a world I had only hoped might really exist. The effect was visceral, sexy, fightening, and it made my spirit soar. In 1965 this book helped lure me to California. Although decades have trooped by, I took a chance last year and decided to re-read City of Night, although hesitatntly, fearful that it might disappoint now, so many years later. But, like the first time, I couldn't put it down. In many ways, it was a different book for me, this time around; some portions were like old friends, other parts seemed strange and new, as if I had never read them at all. Other parts that had gripped and taunted me in 1963, were now fellow travelers. Times change and so do we. City of Night was a groundbreaking novel in 1963 that, I am certain, changed many lives. Whether or not it still has that power is no longer as important. City of Night remains a powerful novel and a graceful composition, from an author who loves the language enough that he wastes no words in the telling of his story. This book is a classic, and should be required reading (at least for every gay man). The very fact of its publication was extraordinary at the time, and a look at the literary controversy surrounding its publication is eye-opening...and chilling!
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John Rechy's "City Of Night" is a wistful, moving, ultimately very sad account of a young man's erratic journey through the now-vanished Homosexual subculture of America's cities in the late 1950's, early 1960's. The narrator, a masculine hustler, known in the parlance of the time as "trade", moves from city to city, searching for business, and also, futilely, a sense of self-worth and love. He actively avoids the lives and world of the self-admitted and well-adjusted gay men he encounters, and instead pursues the outcasts, the maladjusted and self-loathing men with homosexual desires who make up his clientele. The novel is repetitious and over-long. Parts of it (the chapter on "Miss Destiny", a Los Angeles Drag Queen, for instance) are powerful and moving, and stand well on their own in the reader's memory. The narrator's crippling inability to come to grips with his own sexuality is ultimately off-putting to the reader, but Rechy does a good, almost documentary, job of recording a long gone landscape and lifestyle - - the urban United States before the Gay Liberation Movement and the present day visibility and partial integration of homosexuals into American life. All in all a worthwhile, often profoundly touching novel about alienation and the pursuit of love among the hopeless and the outcasts of society.
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"City of Night" is a novel that I haven't read in about eight years, but its storyline and poetic prose still lingers in my mind to this day. It is a sad yet beautiful story of a young, nameless, faceless, street hustler that roams the large cities of the U.S. looking for love in a homosexual relationship. But the main character is sexually confused. He continually claims to be straight, however he has sex with men for money. Paying for sex with another man is not an act of a "fairy", according to the character. This is a myth of the streets. He is gay, but he hates himself for it, leaving the main character to learn to accept himself while going through the tarnish streets of New York, LA, and finally New Orleans. The majority of characters within the novel live on the fringes of society, and they all have poignant stories of their pasts, but no real direction for their future. Our hero sweeps acorss the country traveling through the pre-Stonewall gay community and finds a motley crew of flawed but colorful characters. We can sympathize with charcters like Pete, Skipper, Miss Destiny, Sylvia, bacuse they all want what we want: love, acceptance, desirability, a second chance. This book is not a "gay" novel, rather it is a novel that uncovers the loneliness and desparation that we all have felt sometime in our lives. It is a piece of fiction that is indispensable in the canon of 20th century literature. A brilliant work!!!!!
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