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The Gay Year

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Originally published in 1949.
JOE HARRIS, at twenty, enters the sordid world of New York's "third sex," a secret world spoken of only in whispers. With keen insight and rare perception, the author traces Joe's movements as a member of the gay life, a barren existence, rootless and without future.
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Published May 5th 2013 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. (first published 1949)
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Adam Dunn
May 06, 2013 Adam Dunn rated it it was ok
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Kind of a mixed reaction over this book.

I don’t feel the characters were fully fleshed out, although part of it could be I found it hard to relate to them. This kind of dark, moody pre-Stonewall literature, it seems in some ways as if it was written by a homophobe. If it was written today the person would be considered homophobic, writing a book containing two suicide attempts, one successful, and enough self-loathing homosexuals for a lifetime.

Part of the disconnect for me is that people must
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Woody
Jun 13, 2015 Woody rated it it was amazing
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The inside jacket cover of this book says, "The Gay Year has genuine social significance. It is an incisively depicted segment of New York society, not an indictment or a vindication but an attempt to understand--and perhaps instruct."

I agree wholeheartedly. Some of the views on homosexuality are outdated and cringe-worthy, but much of the book resonates; it deals with issues still plaguing queer culture in 2015. This book is an extraordinary act of bravery--Michael Jean de Forrest writes openly
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