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The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal
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Jul 10, 2008

it was amazing
Read in October, 2009

I've learned why Gore Vidal was so famous at a young age.

I was going to give this book four stars except that it was written in 1948, and it deserves the 5th star for being groundbreaking. Granted, Vidal did change the ending in a rewrite in 1965; but it has little impact on the story or meaning of the book. Frankly, the changed ending I think is brilliant and goes against SO many other books and the traditional formula.

In any event, The City and the Pillar is a very easy and good read. I recommend this book to just about any of my friends, but more specifically to homos and homos who enjoy reading about a time when there was no TV, and actors and writers were stars and or artists. Actually, that makes it sound much more glamorous than it is, but I liked the sections that took place in LA and NYC.

In closing, this is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It may be second to “Another Country” as far as my fave fiction books are concerned.

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