Rachel's Reviews > City Boy: My Life in New York in the 1960s and 70s

City Boy by Edmund White
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Nov 03, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: first-reads, memoir
Read in February, 2010

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 recognized a handful of names that were dropped. It was hard to keep everyone straight too - he mentioned dozens of people.
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