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About My Life and the Kept Woman: A Memoir (original 2008; edição 2008)

por John Rechy (Autor)

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The untold personal life story of the novelist whom Gore Vidal has hailed as 'one of the few original American writers of the last century.' John Rechy's first novel,City of Night, is a modern classic and his subsequent body of work has kept him among America's most important writers. Now, for the first time, he writes about his life, in a volume that is a testament to the power of pride and self-acceptance. Rechy was raised Mexican-American in Texas, at a time when Latino children were routinely discriminated against. As he grew older-and as his fascination with a notorious kept woman from his childhood deepened-Rechy became aware that his differences lay not just in his heritage but in his sexuality. While he performed the roles others wanted for him, he never allowed them to define him-whether it was the authoritarians in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, the bigoted relatives of his Anglo college classmates, or the men and women who wanted him to be something he was not.About My Life and the Kept Woman is as much a portrait of intolerance as of an individual who defied it to forge his own path.… (mais)
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Título:About My Life and the Kept Woman: A Memoir
Autores:John Rechy (Autor)
Informação:New York, NY.: Grove Press (c2008), 356 pages
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Etiquetas:Autobiography, Gay Literature, John Rechy, Male Prostitution, Memoir

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I have been reading this book in tandem with _City of the Night_, one of the novels Rechy based on parts of his life described in this book, which was written later. In both works one can see the extreme role-playing of the gay lifestyle in the 50s and 60s, the fear of arrest or exposure, and the denial and self-hatred. Rechy spent years centering his identity on his sexual desirability, his ability to attract men willing to pay him for fleeting, non-reciprocated sex. In the hustling world he had to conceal his intellect and deny that he was attracted to men. His descriptions of interactions regarding his writing are reminiscent of the pitfalls surrounding women with talent-- as he avoids the 'casting couch' and insists on having his work accepted for it's own sake. The kept woman of the tile was a figure from his childhood: the older sister of Rechy's younger sister's husband, who had defied her father's wrath to attend the wedding. The young Rechy saw the woman, mysterious and veiled, and heard her referred to as 'the kept woman' of a powerful and wealthy man in Mexico. She becomes s symbol for him of someone who lives her life in defiance of conventional morality. Another memory from his youth is a young woman whom he had dated briefly, who remakes herself by taking another name and leaving El Paso. She successfully poses as Spanish and marries a prominent San Franciscan. Many of the people mentioned are given fake names, as most were not out of the closet. Others, such as Christopher Isherwood and Allen Ginsberg are named. It is interesting to note that open rebellion against police abuses was sporadic in LA long before the Stonewall riot.
  ritaer | Mar 14, 2018 |
A memoir by a fine writer but I didn't care about his coming of age. I could have skipped the first three quarters of the book and been fine. The last quarter when he is an adult, hustling, and writing is interesting. ( )
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The untold personal life story of the novelist whom Gore Vidal has hailed as 'one of the few original American writers of the last century.' John Rechy's first novel,City of Night, is a modern classic and his subsequent body of work has kept him among America's most important writers. Now, for the first time, he writes about his life, in a volume that is a testament to the power of pride and self-acceptance. Rechy was raised Mexican-American in Texas, at a time when Latino children were routinely discriminated against. As he grew older-and as his fascination with a notorious kept woman from his childhood deepened-Rechy became aware that his differences lay not just in his heritage but in his sexuality. While he performed the roles others wanted for him, he never allowed them to define him-whether it was the authoritarians in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, the bigoted relatives of his Anglo college classmates, or the men and women who wanted him to be something he was not.About My Life and the Kept Woman is as much a portrait of intolerance as of an individual who defied it to forge his own path.

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