Ragazzo di città

Ragazzo di citt An irresistible literary treat a memoir of the social and sexual lives of New York City s cultural and intellectual in crowd in the tumultuous s from acclaimed author Edmund White In the New York

  • Title: Ragazzo di città
  • Author: Edmund White Alessandro Bocchi
  • ISBN: 9788889113523
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ragazzo di città

    An irresistible literary treat a memoir of the social and sexual lives of New York City s cultural and intellectual in crowd in the tumultuous 1970s, from acclaimed author Edmund White.In the New York of the 1970s, in the wake of Stonewall and in the midst of economic collapse, you might find the likes of Jasper Johns and William Burroughs at the next cocktail party, andAn irresistible literary treat a memoir of the social and sexual lives of New York City s cultural and intellectual in crowd in the tumultuous 1970s, from acclaimed author Edmund White.In the New York of the 1970s, in the wake of Stonewall and in the midst of economic collapse, you might find the likes of Jasper Johns and William Burroughs at the next cocktail party, and you were as likely to be caught arguing Marx at the New York City Ballet as cruising for sex in the warehouses and parked trucks along the Hudson This is the New York that Edmund White portrays in City Boy a place of enormous intrigue and artistic tumult Combining the no holds barred confession and yearning of A Boy s Own Story with the easy erudition and sense of place of The Flaneur, this is the story of White s years in 1970s New York, bouncing from intellectual encounters with Susan Sontag and Harold Brodkey to erotic entanglements downtown to the burgeoning gay scene of artists and writers It s a moving, candid, brilliant portrait of a time and place, full of encounters with famous names and cultural icons.

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    1. David Cerruti

      City Boy is about Edmund White's life in New York City from the early 1960's through the early 1980's. The main themes are:1. Writing and publishing. This was the most interesting. Some writers are supportive of others. Some are bitchy.2. Gay life, before and after Stonewall. White is more than candid. He is HIV positive, and a founder of the Gay Men's Health Crisis.3. Gossip. He must have known damn near everyone in the arts. The name-dropping doesn’t stop with Peggy Guggenheim, Jasper Johns, [...]

    2. Ian "Marvin" Graye

      I haven't read this yet, but I've read the first sentence and I love it:"In the 1970's in New York everyone slept till noon."Albeit for different reasons to Edmund White, this describes my weekends in the 1980's.I went out every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night in search of live bands, for the love of it, but also so that I could write about them.I was rarely in bed before 3am.If I was, I hadn't got home yet.However, the next day, I would wake up and indulge myself on a can of coke and a ham an [...]

    3. K.M. Soehnlein

      Fans of Edmund White will savor this memoir of the 1970s in New York, when the city was decrepit but artists and writers thrived. The author fills in some of the gaps of his career -- the publication of his earliest novel, Forgetting Elena (have you ever wondered how it came to be hailed by Vladimir Nabokov?), the way in which he came to write The Joy of Gay Sex, which, it turns out, everyone warned him about. Sex, gossip, the strivings of artists on the make -- it all blends together in a narra [...]

    4. Jamie

      White suggests in the brief Q&A following this memoir that autobiography should be concerned strictly with the "truth." I found this a peculiar invocation, having just finished reading Isherwood's "Christopher and His Kind," where Isherwood invested half his time in the metatext of life writing-in other words, was constantly conscious that memory is faulty and one's perspective on an event is never true, but is one lens on that happening among many. Isherwood goes so far as to refer to his e [...]

    5. Mel

      This book is Edmund White’s delightful memoir about his life in New York (and a few other cities sprinkled in the mix to keep things interesting) in the late sixties and seventies. New York was a shit hole but that made it affordable. This affordability made it an attractive destination for creative people who wanted a place to be free to explore art, music and writing. It was literally bursting at the seams with creative and interesting people and in addition to causing a great flood of amazi [...]

    6. Tosh

      i never read his fiction, but pretty much read his non-fiction - and for whatever reason I just haven't picked up any of his novels. Saying that about my eccentricity about his work, White is a superb writer. I am a big fan of memoir writing, and White has that classic quality regarding that genre. New York City was a different type of place as of now. And White captures the gay subculture around that world, yet he ignores certain aspects of "general" or popular pop culture that was taking place [...]

    7. Kerry

      I couldn't finish it. I wanted to read it because I had heard that White was a good writer, and because I thought it would be a documentation of life in NYC in the 60s and 70s. Bt it was really more a narrative about the author's career start and I wanted more detail about life in NYC during that time period. The thing is, when he finally gave you some overview or detail, it was uninteresting. And his story kept leaping back and forth: there was no focus, no continuum, no sense of the emotional [...]

    8. Casper Hach

      Attitude magazine mentioned this book as a must read classic. I found it to be the most sinfully boring book I have ever opened. I wish I was a quitter and had just skipped reading the rest, but I decided that I could not form an opinion without reading the whole thing, so I pulled myself together and 1-2 pages at a time, I finished the book in just a year and a half.If you need something to put you to sleep every night, this book is the perfect choice.

    9. Blake Fraina

      In Alan Bennett's play The History Boys, when the dimmest of the students is asked to define history, he replies, "It's just one [expletive] thing after another." Reductive? Perhaps. Funny? Certainly. But also, quite true.And it happens to be the reason I tend to avoid non-fiction.irs in particular. At least when one is writing a biography (particularly about someone who is already dead) or writing about history, the author has enough distance to give the story some shape and ascribe it some sor [...]

    10. Rod

      City Boy, My life in New York during the 1960’s and ‘70s by Edmund White 2009; read in Feb 2010I appreciated Edmund Whites clean concise writing. His objective observations about self, situations, and politics sometimes challenged my own preconceptions, but were enlightening. And I came to admire his conclusions. The name dropping was sometimes trying but more because I didn’t know these famous people and their works as well as he. Overall I came to a better understanding of a history and [...]

    11. Sequelguerrier

      Well, I finally managed to wrest time from the holiday schedule to read the last few pages. I tend to like White's writing even when he is fictionalising his own story. Here he is in outright auto-biography mode and his voice is both very personal and unfailingly kind even when he is truthful about people's foibles and flaws. As Irving says in the blurb, this is a book for anyone interested in the nature of friendship and it is a fabulous glimpse of the New York of the sixeventiesand early eight [...]

    12. Nancy

      I look for a memoir to immerse me in the life of the author so that I can really see things from his point of view. Admittedly Edmund White's life is very different from mine. He is a gay man who really enjoys city life. I'm a straight woman who has gravitated to a very rural area. Still, there should have been a human hook but there wasn't. I simply could not slog through several hundred pages of picking up tricks, shallow party descriptions and name dropping. I finally gave up at page 158 so i [...]

    13. Chris

      "In the 1970s in New York everyone slept till noon." Thus begins this book and it's a gold mine for any sociologist interested in the artistic culture of New York in the 1960s and 1970s. It also will be eye-opening for younger gay men who want to know what they missed: for those two decades represent the exhilarating breakout of gay political freedom (1960s) and by almost any reckoning the high point to-date in gay sexual freedom (1970s). In the decades since, there has been of course a tragic r [...]

    14. Jessica

      I understand that Edmund White has written a series of novels based closely on his own experiences. This book is an outright memoir of his life as a young man in NYC from the early sixties through the early eighties. I enjoyed it quite a lot for several reasons. White creates a wonderful sense of time, place, and character. During the period he describes, NYC was a dirty, violent place that is almost unimaginable now. But it was also home to a fascinating creative class, whom White knew and desc [...]

    15. Rachel

      This book just did not hold my interest at all. I wouldn't have finished it but I received it through the First Reads program so I felt like I had to. City Boy is author Edmund White's account of his years in New York as a struggling author. I didn't feel any emotion coming out of him. It felt like he was just writing a laundry list account of his activities and so it was hard to connect with him. Also, he name dropped a lot and it was clear that I was supposed to be impressed but I only recogni [...]

    16. Nina

      Edmund White's City Boy is an earthy yet elegant memoir of a gay man in New York City during the 1960s and 70s. His exuberant descriptions of gay bars and baths capture the pre HIV/AIDS scene. With fluid prose, White also invites the reader into the literary and art world of those decades. He is a gifted storyteller, generous in sharing his tales of legendary writers and artists. While White's book contains the sexual candor associated with his previous work, it also reveals a young writer's asp [...]

    17. Jeff

      Wildly uneven and curious in its structure, despite White's engaging voice providing some forward (if roundabout) motion. As a gay man, I very much enjoyed White's first-person narrative of NYC's Gay Sex in the 70s. Perhaps like those tricks in the trucks and on the piers, the book feels very episodic; it doesn't really follow a linear chronology. As a result it's difficult to keep some of the roommates and friends and lovers clearly identified from one another--but in some respects, that's how [...]

    18. Bob

      I really wanted to love this book. It started out really fine with apt descriptions of the times in NYC and some nostalgia for those of us that lived there. It became very episodic for me, with namedropping and terse bios of what happened to those people. White is a great writer and I can only wonder with all these connections why did it take him so long to get his larger works published? Too Bitchy?In all fairness I am awed by many of his other works.

    19. Scott

      I love memoirs. Edmund White's accounts of New York in the 60-70's had small moments of being a bit too "name-droppy" and therefore I got lost in his accounts every now and then. Edmund wrote about what it meant to be gay in New York in these eras with tales about other authors, artists, heirs and their overriding influence over each other. Hard book to read without having your notebook next to you so you can jot down all the literary references made here.

    20. Eric

      I was wrong to say a few weeks ago that I don't anticipate White's new books. I should say that while his latest novels make no appeal to me, he's still an amazing memoirist. This book offers a clef to the semi-autobiographical The Farewell Symphony. Just when you think you've heard all his stories, he drops new details. Like Maria/Marilyn's real-life German dad being a Nazi sympathizer and Holocaust-denier. Good lord!

    21. George Ilsley

      Edmund White is a kind of mysterious marvel. One has to wonder when he has the time to do all that he does. This account of life in New York (he moved to Paris in 1983) is gossipy and intimate; and offers as well historical insights on how much the city as changed (for example, writers and artists used to be able to afford to live there). Now, Manhattan is a city of bankers.

    22. Dan

      Excellent snapshot of gay New York in the 60s and 70s, but White's penchant for name-dropping does wear after a while. That said, there's a lot to recommend this book in the literature how-to arena. If you liked this, make sure to follow me on for more reviews!

    23. Phlip

      Starts out well enough but about half way through it turns into a plodding, name-droppy, chronicle. Interesting as a primary source of the cultural history he narrates, however. And well written with insight into particular personae as well as personae types of the age.

    24. Ted Lewis

      Leave it to Edmund White to write a book about gay life in NYC in the 60s and 70s and turn it into a pretentious slog.

    25. Maria

      A much more readable book than "the decaying Camembert of my heart" in A Boy's Own Story. The recollection is done in a very engaging way, with some characteristic metaphors, but little pretentiousness. There were many stirring and relatable observations here and there, and one concise but seriously erotic scene starring Bruce Chatwin (who could expect; also: find it)."New York, in short, in the seventies was a junkyard with serious artistic aspirations."Edmund White provides a lot of delightful [...]

    26. Mike Clarke

      Reimagining a historyNew York in the 1970s was a 'grungy, dangerous, bankrupt city' where 'everyone slept till noon.' Telling how the first few lines can pretty much sum up a book almost to the point of needing to go no further. As an isolated, closeted teenager living in the 'burbs I devoured Edmund White's A Boy's Own Story. I couldn't risk Gay Times, let alone porno mags, as if even buying one would somehow be readable on my face or transmitted by bigoted aliens to my family, schoolfriends or [...]

    27. Aitziber

      This one is a tough book to rate. Edmund White devotes much of the book to namedropping and gossip, which can be a complete delight if you know which famous figure he's talking about (oh, those 10 pages about Vladimir Nabokov--I could've read a whole book like that!) or mind-numbing if you don't. The sections about his stays in Venice and The People to Know in Venice were hard to get through. City Boy is my first White book. I came to him through Randy Shilts' And the Band Played On, as White wa [...]

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