This is a grand historical and very in-depth novel. I am a huge history buff, and so when taking history and culture into the subject matter it's an instant winner for me. I love learning about the olden days of yesteryear and the reality of a group of people who strive to live their lives even though a bigoted and hateful world put them down.
I had no real knowledge of the Gay New York of the 1890's to 1940's and so I learned a lot of useful, and very informative information. George Chauncey gives a great description and atmosphere to the period. His descriptive word play places you there and gives you everything that needs to be said in detail.
I highly recommend this book for history buffs, culture buffs, and I feel this is a pivotal book for Gay culture to learn of the gay movement, and the history of those of the past that made away for those of the present.
I feel Chauncey is a vast array of historical knowledge, and that knowledge transcended on the page, and off the page into the mind of this reader, I learned, I was educated, and I was thoroughly entertained.
Would I return to it Again: Absolutely in a heartbeat? Great informative book.
Would I Recommend: Again, absolutely to all history buffs, gay culture, and as a teaching tool.
Book Length: 496 pages
Year Published: 1994
My Rating: 5 out of 5
Four Words: Passionate Historical, Important, Flawless.