John Rechy: About My Life and the Kept Woman
A Memoir. USA 2008, 357 pp., cloth, € 20.49Kostenloser Versand innerhalb Europas.
Novelist John Rechy probes his nascent self-identity as a Mexican-American and a homosexual. Growing up during the Depression in El Paso, Texas, the youngest son of a Mexican woman who spoke no English and a Scottish musician father, Rechy recalls his early fascination with beauty. Moreover, amid a society that excoriated Mexicans, young Rechy grew into a beautiful, fair-skinned young man torn between feeling proud of his Mexican roots and shame because of them. Fleeing the restricted prospects of El Paso and the depressive rages of his father, Rechy, a budding writer, attended college, then joined the army during the Korean War and began traveling, to Paris, New York City and Los Angeles, where he found hustling for sex from anonymous men suited him. The memoir meanders through years of drifting among jobs and numerous sexual encounters, which became the fodder for his acclaimed »City of Night« (1963).