Equal parts bildungsroman and purported literary artifact, The Age of Cities is -really about the age of innocence. A manuscript is discovered inside a hollowed-out home economics textbook: it is the story of a young man from a small town who comes to the big city at the height of the Cold War. His accidental discovery of a gay -subculture—culminating in a feverish, dreamlEqual parts bildungsroman and purported literary artifact, The Age of Cities is -really about the age of innocence. A manuscript is discovered inside a hollowed-out home economics textbook: it is the story of a young man from a small town who comes to the big city at the height of the Cold War. His accidental discovery of a gay -subculture—culminating in a feverish, dreamlike initiation—pushes him irrevocably toward crisis. The Age of Cities is about discovery, loss, and the contemporary “closet” where stories lie hidden from view....
|Title||:||The Age of Cities|
|Number of Pages||:||224 Pages|
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The Age of Cities Reviews
Queer Canadian fiction: rare but cool.This is more of a novella than a great big "book," but it's a well-written and engulfing look at someone else's life. It has very little of the heavy-hand that historical fiction about gays in the 50s sometimes wields; it is generally an nonjudgmental book. The basic plot, such as it is, is that a high school librarian discovers a sub-culture that is gay on a visit to Vancouver. And he makes friends, leading up to a moment of self-discovery. And then has to make a choice.That is a pretty bad description cause it makes this sound all after-school-specialy which this novel is decidedly not. If anything, it's instructive in chronicling the way people don't actually think about what they are doing or experiencing as they do it. A reminder if how many people live their lives below their own consciousness.I could have done without the whole fake author/discovery of this book in manuscript form ending (think William Goldman and the Princess Bride). This was well written enough to stand on its own without little tricks like that.
“Flowers will cure what ails us, my dear,” she said warmly.
An absolutely fascinating and utterly human examination of 1950s Canada. The novel follows Winston, who drifts from the conservative, rural heterosexual environment in which he's spent his entire life, toward the city and its underground, urbane gay culture. I found myself completely engrossed in Winston's unwitting explorations, both fascinated by the protagonist's own journey and the vivid portrayal of the vastly different cultures which form the novel's primary settings. Not only is The Age of Cities a good tale, it also forms an important part of Canada's gay history.