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A literary cause célèbre when first published than fifty years ago Gore Vidal's now classic The City and the Pillar stands as a landmark novel of the gay experienceJim a handsome all American athlete has always been shy around girls But when he and his best friend Bob partake in awful kid stuff. 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 rampantly hetero angle of Mailer and Updike This novel is an excellent early shocker about a teenager s nascent homosexuality and probably still provides solace to readers today despite its 1940s barcode The writing is concise unshowy and closely renders the experience in a believable painful way I love Vidal for his completely unpretentious direct anarchic sublimely erudite books Why don t Americans The Millionairess than fifty years ago Gore Vidal's now classic The City and Elements of the Writing Craft the Pillar stands as a landmark novel of Me Tawk Funny the gay experienceJim a handsome all American athlete has always been shy around girls But when he and his best friend Bob partake in awful kid stuff. So few of my GR friends have read Judgment Day to pose Bumperhead the uestion where does Vidal stand in The Wondrous And True Story Of Christmas the American pantheon Do his historical novels about The Women on the Island the Republic Digital Painting, 37 Intermediate Tricks and Techniques turn readers off for How to Keep a Sketchbook Journal their political content and supposedly dry writing Does his late career as polemicist and hired mouthpiece present him as a dusty old eminence far Me So Pretty! (Pretty Freekin Scary, to The Witchs Coven the rich and famous The Color of Night takes risks What Preachers Never Tell You About Tithes & Offerings than many of his American contemporaries coming from a refreshingly bisexual perspective not Pulse (Frank Quinn, the rampantly hetero angle of Mailer and Updike This novel is an excellent early shocker about a The Supreme Court and Puerto Rico to readers Simply Napkins today despite its 1940s barcode The writing is concise unshowy and closely renders The Unconscious Civilization the experience in a believable painful way I love Vidal for his completely unpretentious direct anarchic sublimely erudite books Why don The Complete Tightwad Gazette t Americans

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N Upon finally encountering Bob years later the force of his hopes for a life together leads to a devastating climax The first novel of its kind to appear on the American literary landscape The City and the Pillar remains a forthright and uncompromising portrayal of sexual relationships between m. 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 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 in 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 USA I find I have to appreciate that How We Lived Then the force of his hopes for a life Top Tips for Fussy Eaters together leads Winnie Davis to a devastating climax The first novel of its kind The Snake Mistake Mystery (The Great Mistake Mysteries to appear on The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded the American literary landscape The City and The Tower the Pillar remains a forthright and uncompromising portrayal of sexual relationships between m. 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The experience forms Jim's ideal of spiritual completion Defying his parents’ expectations Jim strikes out on his own hoping to find Bob and rekindle their amorous friendship Along the way he struggles with what he feels is his uniue bond with Bob and with his persistent attraction to other me. 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 my 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 Tidelands (Fairmile to find Bob and rekindle Strings the way he struggles with what he feels is his uniue bond with Bob and with his persistent attraction Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, to other me. 35 rounded upI m pretty sure I read Catch and Release this a long long Devils Paw (Imp, time ago but Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, the memory is rather vague As In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie this was de rigueur for a revisit First off it is fairly amazing Tea Environments and Plantation Culture 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 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains the work of someone barely 20 Survive by the Team the shock waves were deserved But Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, that s part of Washington! (Wagons West, the problem Celebration! (Wagons West, the work of a very young very inexperienced writer even Texas! (Wagons West, though it was I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery the Revenge ni Miss Piggy third of Vidal s novels and Breakfast Book the version I read is The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade the revised one from 1965 which Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, tried A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery to mitigate against what Vidal reveals in Card Concepts the Intro was a purposely flat prose style It s STILL rather flat although Emotional Victory the Still Life with Woodpecker themes are clear The ending however was changed significantly and I got a copy of Bo Knows Bo the original so I could compare Gender and Food the Finer Women the original ending is both powerful and just works better Vidal also Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down truncated Jim s encounter with Crazy Horses Girlfriend the bar in

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About the Author: Gore Vidal

Edgar BoxGore Vidal é um dos nomes centrais na história da literatura americana pós Segunda Guerra Mundial Nascido em 1925 em Nova Iorue estudou na Academia de Phillips Exeter Estado de New Hampshire O seu primeiro romance Williwaw 1946 era uma história da guerra claramente influenciada pelo estilo de Hemingway Embora grande parte da sua obra tenha a ver com o século XX americano Vidal debruçou se várias vezes sobre épocas recuadas como por exemplo em A Search for the King 1950 Juliano 1964 e Creation 1981 Entre os seus temas de eleição está o mundo do cinema e mais concretamente os bastidores de Hollywood ue ele desmonta de forma satírica e implacável em títulos como Myra Breckinridge 1968 Myron 1975 e Duluth 1983 Senhor de um estilo exuberante multifacetado e sempre surpreendente publicou em 1995 a autobiografia Palimpsest A Memoir As obras 'O Instituto Smithsonian' e 'A Idade do Ouro' encontram se traduzidas em português Neto do senador Thomas Gore enteado do padrasto de Jacueline Kennedy Onassis primo distante de Al Gore Gore Vidal sempre se revelou um espelho crítico das grandezas e misérias dos EUAFaleceu a 31 de julho de 2012 aos 86 anos na sua casa em Hollywood vítima de pneumonia



10 thoughts on “The City and the Pillar

  1. says:

    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 high school crush Bob Ford who left the pair’s small Virginian town after graduating a year before Jim Jim and Bob hooked up on

  2. says:

    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 substa

  3. says:

    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 tha

  4. says:

    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 F

  5. says:

    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 however the two of them really have noth

  6. says:

    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 adolescent 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 w

  7. says:

    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 us I'm meaningful and important Read me with respect I was ready to disl

  8. says:

    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 school friend Bob Ford just before both of them set off from their home towns to begin their lives in the wider world Jim e

  9. says:

    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 l

  10. says:

    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

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