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The City and the Pillar
The City and the Pillar | Gore Vidal
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Jim Willard, former high-school athlete and clean-cut boy-next-door-, is haunted by the memory of a romanctic adolescent encounter with his friend Bob Ford. As Jim pursues his first love, in awe of the very same masculinity he possesses himself, his progresss through the secret gay world of 1940's America unveils surreptitious Hollywood affairs, the hidden life of the military in the Second World War and the underworld bar culture of New York City. With the publication of his daring thrid novel The City and the Pillar in 1948, Gore Vidal shocked the American public, which has just begun to hail him as their newest and brightest young writer. It remains not only an authentic and profoundly importatnt social document but also a serious exploration of the nature of idealistic love.
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shaynarae
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While I have some reservations about the author, the cultural attitude towards minorities in the 1940s (the decade in which this book was written), and what happens in the book, the story itself was interesting and heartbreaking. It moved along beautifully and captivated my attention. I‘ve had a hard time focusing in reading lately, but I sat down with this book for substantial chunks of time. #pridemonth 🏳️‍🌈

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La_Cori
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Sunday morning, still in bed.. my favourite time to read! ???
(I'm reading the italian edition, "La statua di sale")

gradcat I love Gore Vidal! 🥰 4mo
La_Cori @gradcat I got curious with A Ladder to the sky, Vidal is a character in that novel so I wanted to try somenthing of his.. I'm really enjoying it so far! 4mo
gradcat I just finished it...I thought the interlude involving Vidal was some of the most beautiful writing & storytelling I‘ve ever read. It‘s thus completely understandable to me that it would make you seek out Vidal‘s work.... 4mo
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FaisalJ
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Jim‘s obsession with his childhood friend takes him on a journey through the 1940s gay scene. Growing and changing as a person learning more about him self. Meeting different people who express themselves in their own way, trying to cope with loneliness. 8/10

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(...) Now they were complete, each became the other, as their bodies collided with a primal violence, like to like, metal to magnet, half to half and the whole restored.
So they met. Eyes tight shut against an irrelevant world. (...)