The City and the Pillar

The City and the Pillar A literary cause c l bre 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 experience Jim a handsome all American athl
  • Title: The City and the Pillar
  • Author: Gore Vidal
  • ISBN: 9781400030378
  • Page: 459
  • Format: Paperback
  • The City and the Pillar
    A literary cause c l bre 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 experience.Jim, a handsome, all American athlete, has always been shy around girls But when he and his best friend, Bob, partake in awful kid stuff , the experience forms Jim s ideal of spiritual completion DefyiA literary cause c l bre 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 experience.Jim, a handsome, all American athlete, has always been shy around girls But when he and his best friend, Bob, partake in awful kid stuff , 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 unique bond with Bob and with his persistent attraction to other men 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 men.
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  • Gore Vidal

    Eugene Luther Gore Vidal was an American writer known for his essays, novels, screenplays, and Broadway plays He was also known for his patrician manner, Transatlantic accent, and witty aphorisms Vidal came from a distinguished political lineage his grandfather was the senator Thomas Gore, and he later became a relation through marriage to Jacqueline Kennedy.Vidal ran for political office twice and was a longtime political critic He was a lifelong isolationist Democrat As well known for his essays as his novels, Vidal wrote for The Nation, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The New York Review of Books and Esquire.Through his essays and media appearances, Vidal was a long time critic of American foreign policy In addition to this, he characterised the United States as a decaying empire from the 1980s onwards Additionally he was known for his well publicized spats with such figures as Norman Mailer, William F Buckley, Jr and Truman Capote.Vidal s novels fell into two distinct camps social and historical His best known social novel was Myra Breckinridge his best known historical novels included Julian, Burr and Lincoln His third novel, The City and the Pillar 1948 , outraged conservative critics as one of the first major American novels to feature unambiguous homosexuality At the time of his death he was the last of a generation of American writers who had served during World War II, including J D Salinger, Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer and Joseph Heller Perhaps best remembered for his caustic wit, he referred to himself as a gentleman bitch and has been described as the 20th century s answer to Oscar WildeAlso used the pseudonym Edgar Box Gore Vidal um dos nomes centrais na hist ria da literatura americana p s Segunda Guerra Mundial Nascido em 1925, em Nova Iorque, estudou na Academia de Phillips Exeter Estado de New Hampshire O seu primeiro romance, Williwaw 1946 , era uma hist ria da guerra claramente influenciada pelo estilo de Hemingway Embora grande parte da sua obra tenha a ver com o s culo XX americano, Vidal debru ou se v rias vezes sobre pocas recuadas, como, por exemplo, em A Search for the King 1950 , Juliano 1964 e Creation 1981 Entre os seus temas de elei o est o mundo do cinema e, mais concretamente, os bastidores de Hollywood, que ele desmonta de forma sat rica e implac vel em t tulos 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 portugu s Neto do senador Thomas Gore, enteado do padrasto de Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, primo distante de Al Gore, Gore Vidal sempre se revelou um espelho cr tico das grandezas e mis rias dos EUA.Faleceu a 31 de julho de 2012, aos 86 anos, na sua casa em Hollywood, v tima de pneumonia.

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  • So few of my GR friends have read this and other Gore Vidal classics, I have to pose the question 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 a [...]


  • 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 know What the bulges in trousers must have invited They dance by tables in whirls of what to wear or does it always look that way Everyone [...]


  • Be warned 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 public.Granting all that, however, the two of them really have nothing in common Not in terms of temperment, talent, disposition, artistic [...]


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  • 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 this Jim 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 wrestle and suddenly the urge takes hold and they make out and make love For Jim, it [...]


  • 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 sudde [...]


  • 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 start.This novel is better than Judgment which is narrative and less interior City gives the reader a glimpse into the emotional life of a young [...]


  • Cos si incontrarono Occhi serrati contro un mondo irrilevante Nell America degli anni Quaranta, come oggi, non c nulla di pi scandaloso dell attentare al concetto di normale Riscrivere le categorie, rivedere i confini, definire l indefinibile, mettere a norma l anormale La grandezza di La statua di sale, pi che nella sua trama e nel suo contenuto, sta nell impatto che la contrastata pubblicazione e l incredibile successo ha provocato nel mondo Gore Vidal era perfettamente conscio delle conseguen [...]


  • This is a great book, a good read Gore Vidal explores relationships, particularly homosexual relationships, tastefully, delicately, and above all elegantly.This 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 encounters a series of colourful characters including a flamboyant gay Hollwood scre [...]


  • 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 it Vidal made a concerted effor [...]


  • Does everyone realize how much Gore Vidal rocks Unbelievable that this book was written and that Vidal got it published in the 1940s It enlightened me about the partial freedom available to certain classes of gay men in the 30s and 40s The coming out coming of age story seems a little ordinary now, but nobody had done it in America before Vidal, as far as I can tell His perceptiveness makes it feel fresh The problems of identity that Jim faces are still common today, and maybe will never disappe [...]


  • UghhhI see why this was important for its time, but you know what Go check out James Baldwin s Giovanni s Room which came out in the same time period but was unpublishable in the US because publishers didn t believe that readers would accept a black author writing about homosexuality I mean, unless you haven t read enough stories about gay men being ashamed of who they are In that case maybe Vidal s your cup of tea Masculine tea, certainly, because femininity is just gross here Or, uh, something [...]


  • La vida ser a mejor para todos si el sexo se considerase como algo natural, no algo temible si los hombres pudiesen amar a otros hombres sin tapujos como deb a ser , as como amar a las mujeres con la misma naturalidad, como tambi n deb a ser p.206 La historia gira en torno a la vida homosexual de un sure o estadounidense llamado Jim Willard Rondan los a os 40 y la Segunda Guerra Mundial poca de soldados y guerras A lo largo de la novela, se nos va mostrando el descubrimiento sexual de este Jim, [...]


  • This book ruined Vidal s carefully prepared political career, it brought him defamation and some tough words from the critics and the American readers because it is considered to be the first American novel to discuss openly the homosexuality After its release, New York Times refused for many years to review any of his novels I found the book ok, maybe I expected too much from it, but it was an interesting first meet anyway i a ruinat minutios pregatita cariera politica, i a adus defaimare si mu [...]


  • When the eyes are shut, the true world begins A haunting book Written in straight forward prose though I have added quotations that exemplify some lovely flourishes , this is the tale of a pre Stonewall gay Jim discovers his love for a boy in high school which puts his life on a different path than everyone else he knows He travels, meets some other people, and holds on to his early love Not much to say without giving away the plot.Published in 1948, this is an incredible text A reminder that g [...]



  • ilk defa gore vidal okudum, ge kald m yazarlardan biriymi etkileyici anlat m, sade ve s r kleyici 1940 l y llarda Amerika da e cinsel a k roman yazmak b y k cesaret i i, o kesin insan rahats z eden ama bir o kadar da haz veren bir ey var bu romanda bir an n n g lgesinde ge en bir m r, r zgarda sal nan yapraklar gibi t m karakterler, bir o kadar renkli birbirine arpan y ld zlar yazar n da dedi i gibi hi bir ey de i mez ama hi bir ey de bir zamanlar oldu u gibi kalmaz bitti inde vuruldum resmen, e [...]


  • The City and the Pillar Gore VidalI ve always been fascinated by Gore Vidal as a man over any of his writings Born in 1925 into privilege and a well regarded Democratic family, with his possession of an enviable intellect and military background he could have, one might say should have, been Governor of an interesting state, or followed his maternal Grandfather into the Senate.However, although an outspoken political animal all of his life, the young Gore chose to be a writer His first book Will [...]


  • When the eyes are shut, the true world begins Jim Willard and Bob Ford are high school friends in the 1930s Bob is a year older and graduating from high school when the two young men go on a camping trip that turns into an illicit night of passion Jim is hopeful that they will be together forever, but Bob joins the Merchant Marines and splits town Undaunted, Jim goes to sea himself, beginning a seven year odyssey to reunite with Bob.Along the way, Jim accepts that he just isn t attracted to wome [...]


  • The story in this book, published in 1948, transcends its time and gives readers a plot of immediate relevance and a protagonist who never apologizes Especially satisfying is the ending Vidal restored in 1964 It fits the flow of the narrative and deprives the earlier ending of its mandatory homophobia, until recently the price paid for any literary or cinematic treatment of the subject The novelty of the book was once its characterization of a gay male who doesn t fit the image The protagonist, [...]


  • Ballsy, groundbreaking, and oh so wonderfully gay, there were parts I adored and parts that completely missed the mark When Vidal was honest, when he really put forth Jim s experience and stayed true to him, letting the narrative unfold naturally, the book was wonderful But when the author went off on some of the over the top adventures such as the love affair with the famous Hollywood actor , things just started to feel like fantastic wish fulfillment The writing style itself irked me occasion [...]


  • Rtc but I was going to rate this three stars but then that completely unnecessary rape scene happened so nooooooope Okay, here s the actual review This book wasn t the best portrayal of homosexuality ever it was sexist and awful in a way, lesbians apparently only existed as gross stereotypes but it s an important book nevertheless It was written in the 40 s and I don t feel that this book has aged badly or that it s dated rather it shows what life was like, used to be like And again I would have [...]



  • I finished the book this morning, and I have really been hit hard by it It is really elegantly written Very clear, straightforward, giving us the idea on how the gay world and community was in the 40 s in the States The main character appears to me at the beginning as quite dull and serious, without emotions, but little by little you really get to love him, and in a way, totally understand him in one of these situations where you have a tunnel vision where others see things so clear The end of t [...]


  • This book was one of the first post WW2 books to openly discuss homosexuality That, coupled with the status of it s author make it an important historical document But, really, it s not very good I didn t like the writing style, the settings are glamorous rather than realistic, and the characters have little emotional depth I wouldn t recommend it unless one was undertaking a study of literary representations of homosexuality.


  • A sad story about a young man, beautiful and athletic, but somehow detached and not very happy, who never forgot his first love and tries to chase this one man, doesn t allow anyone else to really touch him The writing is brilliant, the characterizations poignant and entertaining, the story sad in the end.


  • Gore Vidal wrote this book at a time when the society was largely intolerant of homosexual acts between males Through this book, he was trying to change people s mindset towards the practice He was trying to encourage laissez fare thinking throughout his generation The live and let live concept is at the center of this novel He might not have been successful at that time, but the generation that followed and the one ruling the world now largely agrees with him He tells the story of Jim Willard, [...]


  • Thoroughly enjoyable time capsule, first published in 1948 and very daring at the time I m reading this after reading Jay Parini s biography of Gore Vidal, Empire of Self The dawning realization of Jim, the protagonist, that he is gay or queer, or homosexual, in the parlance of this book shames, excites and panics him, all or less at the same time It is a time capsule since the story begins during the depression Two high school boys in Virginia fool around at a cabin late one summer afternoon F [...]


  • Un roman gay pentru ambele sexe Aceasta sintagma cu care era prezentat in Cotidianul romanul lui Gore Vidal m a cam nelinistit Nu citesc literatura gay, nu ma intereseaza cultura gay, nu vreau sa aflu mai multe si nu vreau sa mi deschid mintea Nu sunt chiar atat de european, aleg sa nu imi pese Tinand cont de tema si reclama, ma asteptam la un roman revoltator, cu scene pe langa care Sade sa fie un dulce copil, o pledoarie dezgustatoare in favoarea sexului intre barbati, cu descrieri hiper corec [...]


  • My amazing rating comes qualified with a for what it is, but it s still a pretty exceptional piece of work You drift through the life of Jim Willard waiting for inevitable disappointment luckily it comes for Jim and not for you Vidal flips the script on gay coming of age tragedy in a frightful and frightfully satisfying climax.


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