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The City and the Pillar

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  • Posted July 7, 2010

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    A truly sad story

    This book was wonderful. The relationship between the main character and his lover is strong in the beginning but you see the decline of jim throughout the novel into a very raw crash. Jim is not all that deeply delved into but some can connect with him on some levels. The book is sexy at parts and sad at others and kept my attention throughout.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2004

    Interesting Story ... The Main Character Lacks Though

    First, I would to sing the praises of Vidal's third novel 'The City and the Pillar.' The novel shows the complex world of gay men in the 1940s and allows you see their torment without making any moralistic comment which does not stem from the characters themselves. He shows the normality and abnormality of the life with grace and great control of style. However, some of his secondary characters, especially Sullivan and Maria, become more interesting than Jim. In several places he (Jim) seems like an necessary expedient to tell other character's stories. Also Jim's naiveté, which Vidal says he intended, almost boarders on the unbelievable. However, this novel shows the great able to illuminate American society which he will focus on in his later historical fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2004

    Great Book

    I picked up the book because I just wanted to read something while sitting all day in Jury Duty - I got really into the book. I like the main character Jim Willard. I was not able to put the book down. I really love the story. I am trying to hunt down some early edition with the original ending.

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    Posted January 21, 2010

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