The City and the Pillar
A literary cause célèbre when first published more 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... show more
A literary cause célèbre when first published more 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.
Publish date: December 2nd 2003
Pages no: 207
Edition language: English
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 story was very moving for me. It was not difficult for me to connect to Jim as a character, even if Vidal made him seem very simple. Jim's grapple between the true identity of his self and the identity he is socially constrained to show the world makes him appear flat and without personality, ra...
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 ...
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...