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The City and the PillarHigh school crush Bob Ford who left the pair s small Virginian town

AFTER GRADUATING A YEAR BEFORE JIM 
graduating a year before Jim and Bob hooked up on the eve of the latter s departure and the former s desperate to reunite and build a life together An idealized figure Bob only appears in the first and last chapters of the novel and the bulk of the plot concerns Jim s discovery of gay subcultures across the nation and his internal struggle to accept his attraction to men In flat prose full of stark and unsettling images Vidal gives voice to the despair of a straight acting self hating gay man and This is a great book a good read Gore Vidal explores relationships particularly homosexual relationships tastefully delicately and above all elegantlyThis short book has a cleverly constructed story line It follows the development of young Jim Willard who develops a serious crush on his schoo Be warned Goodreads will recommend this book to you automatically if you ve read OTHER VOICES OTHER ROOMS by Truman Capote Gore Vidal and Truman Capote were both gay men and both Southerners Both became literary sensations right after World War II by writing about homosexuality with frankness at a time when it was still absolutely forbidden to discuss the subject In PublicGranting All That publicGranting all that the two of them really have nothing in common Not in terms of temperment talent disposition artistic abilities or even basic goals It s like comparing Jimi Hendrix to Spike LeeTruman Capote wrote dreamy romantic prose full of emotion and atmosphere that focuses entirely on the deepest feelings of his characters Gore Vidal wrote hard flat angry prose that used characters merely as stick figures to make whatever political or social points he was trying to get across Capote loved to charm Vidal loved to outrage Capote was interested in feelings than in ideas Vidal was interested in ideas than feelings THE CITY AND THE PILLAR is a gay coming of age story much like OTEHR VOICES OTHER ROOMS Except that in this story the hero comes to despise his first love and all the men who come after that and the human race in general and himself most of all All the descriptions are ugly flat and lifeless and the characters are barely recognizable as human beings with feelings and regrets This book is ugly and unpleasant and has very little appeal to a sensitive reader It s not even a strident rallying cry for gay rights of a strident exclamation of disgust at life in general Which continued to be Vidal s theme for the next fifty years But it felt like much much longer So few of my GR friends have read this and other Gore Vidal classics I have to pose the uestion where does Vidal stand in the American pantheon Do his historical novels about the Republic turn readers off for their political content and supposedly dry writing Does his late career as polemicist and hired mouthpiece present him as a dusty old eminence far too close to the rich and famous to have any worth as an artist of substance Can someone born into a wealthy political family close to JFK and Al Gore win admiration as a novelist Answers please More people should read his eccentric novels clearly Gore takes risks than many of his American contemporaries coming from a refreshingly bisexual perspective not the Ew introduction by the author this classic is being featured with seven of Vidal's early storie. Us I m meaningful and important Read me with respect I was ready to dislike this book I found the opening chapters ridiculously childlike And then the characters grow up the writing gets better Then tough decisions have to be made And then suddenly it ended this is a 200 page one sit read thus an admirable construction one sit read thus an admirable construction story and events I noticed the terms rolling stone and in cold blood was this their origins Was this the first time words like ueen and trade appeared in a bestseller as descriptions of the world Vidal depicts Was that Truman Capote appearing as Rolly For me this is major flaw of the novel this character perhaps a vicious stab in the back to a literary friendenemy Very unkind Vidal was warned that if he published this book his political aspirations were over Check His publisher warned him that if he published this book Vidal would still be attacked for it in twenty years 1968 Check So now it s 2015 It s been 67 years since this book was published and there are places in America where it seems not a single note of this story has changed There is a pitch perfect ending which in essence John Updike used in his brilliant Rabbit Run in 1960 12 years later This novel is good Vidal to be admired for his courage But due to several unfortunate choices of character descriptions and a few pointless racialethnic slurs with an emphasis on pointless nothing was added to the story by their utilization we didn t learn anything about how someone in the 1940s might think and talk absolutely no excuse for Vidal there are flaws Vidal may have unintentional provided a blueprint creating stereotypes that are still unfortunately with us today But what courage it must have taken to hand this over to a publisher in 1948 and under his own name one associated with politics in the under his own name one associated with politics in the I find I have to appreciate that 35 rounded upI m pretty sure I read this a long long time ago but the memory is rather vague As the first in a planned year long look back at some of the seminal works of gay literature this was de rigueur for a revisit First off it is fairly amazing that a book so upfront and forthright about its subject ever got published in 1948 It s not particularly shocking now but 70 years ago especially as the work of someone barely 20 the shock waves were deserved But that s part of the problem the book is definitely the work of a very young very inexperienced writer even though it was the third of Vidal s novels and the version I read is the revised one from 1965 which tried to mitigate against what Vidal reveals in the Intro was a purposely flat prose style It s STILL rather flat although the story moves along and the themes are clear The ending however was changed significantly and I got a copy of the original so I could
COMPARE THE TWO DIFFERENT ENDINGS FOR 
the two different endings For money the original ending is both powerful and just works better Vidal also truncated Jim s encounter with the stranger in the bar in the final chapter and it now feels rushed An interesting capsule of its time The City and the Pillar examines the nuances of ueer identity at the height of the closet Set against the backdrop of the Depression and WWII the story follows all American Jim Willard as he wanders about the country searching for his tough minded. Hed in 1948 the reaction was both unexpected and shocking Republished now in hardcover with a

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Vidal s tragic gay love story was no doubt brave and groundbreaking for it s time but imitators have diminished the story and contemporary readers will likely find the themes cliche Like so many of his literary contemporaries the character of Jim struggles to reconcile his physical desires with his yearning to live a normal heterosexual life but Vidal doesn t belabor the point Instead he ensconces Jim within the pre liberation bar scene without defining him by t belabor the point Instead he ensconces Jim within the pre liberation bar scene without defining him by Vidal made a concerted effort to sculpt masculine ueers an aim contemporary gay novels don t hold as dear and while he succeeds at times one wonders if he didn t rely on misogyny to achieve his desired effect Perhaps the novel s true legacy is to serve as a document of evolving gay self identity Overall The City and The Pillar merits a read for it s historical importance and for the accuracy of Vidal s prose just don t expect the same sense of affinity earlier readers foundIf you liked this make sure to follow me on Goodreads for reviews Nothing is right Only denial of instinct is wrong There is a great and epic operatically tragic story of gay desire in The City and the Pillar and it is thisJim Willard is uncertain and confused in his of gay desire in The City and the Pillar and it is thisJim Willard is uncertain and confused in his sexuality One perfect summer night by the moonlight he and his best friend Bob Ford are romping about in the nude by the lake splashing and shouting and reveling in their youthfulness They begin to wrestle and suddenly the urge takes hold and they make out and make love For Jim it is the perfect and defining moment of his life and he wants of it But of course the two boys live in a world where what they have just done is simply not done or discussed They chalk up what they had just done as id stuff But that doesn t seem to suare with Jim s true feelings Unfortunately i Time had stopped Head down to the visitor s attractions of earth open wishes What were you dreaming when it hit Asteroid eyes rove the green eyed monsters monumentally frozen into mountainsides You get what you paid and sold The secret smile cried into cold dead hands Hold the palm shut to make stick in after life Jim in the dark wonders that everyone doesn t now What the bulges in trousers must have invited They dance by tables in know What the bulges in trousers must have invited They dance by tables in of what to wear or does it always look that way Everyone is good looking in the ind that says walking away Behind the cut hands they I can never tell which because they don t live long enough to touch the soul They The Success Secrets Of Brian Tracy - How To Achieve Your Goals And Be Succesful know everyonenows Oh you now that movie star He s that This is Gore Vidal s second novel The content coming of age as a homosexual male had him blacklisted for 6 years Undaunted he published under a pseudonym Six years later he published again under his own name The Judgment of Paris a different narrative with with the same coming of age content as City showing Vidal as remarkable and daring from the startThis novel is better than Judgment which is narrative and less interior City gives the reader a glimpse into the emotional life of a youn Update I just read this author s The Messiah No matter what one might think about this author s writing ability one has to admit he was not afraid to take on any subject which did indeed end all of his political aspirations Review This title shouts to. When Gore Vidal's frank description of homosexual life The City and the Pillar was first publis. ,


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