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Bright Lights, Big City - Jay McInerney
Bright Lights, Big City
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With the publication of Bright Lights, Big City in 1984, Jay McInerney became a literary sensation, heralded as the voice of a generation. The novel follows a young man, living in Manhattan as if he owned it, through nightclubs, fashion shows, editorial offices, and loft parties as he attempts to... show more
With the publication of Bright Lights, Big City in 1984, Jay McInerney became a literary sensation, heralded as the voice of a generation. The novel follows a young man, living in Manhattan as if he owned it, through nightclubs, fashion shows, editorial offices, and loft parties as he attempts to outstrip mortality and the recurring approach of dawn. With nothing but goodwill, controlled substances, and wit to sustain him in this anti-quest, he runs until he reaches his reckoning point, where he is forced to acknowledge loss and, possibly, to rediscover his better instincts. This remarkable novel of youth and New York remains one of the most beloved, imitated, and iconic novels in America.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780394726410 (0394726413)
ASIN: 394726413
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
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TrevorPTweedleD
TrevorPTweedleD rated it
4.0 Bright Lights, Big City
“It seems to be your duty to go through the motions. You keep thinking that with practice you will eventually get the knack of enjoying superficial encounters, that you will stop looking for the universal solvent, stop grieving. You will learn to compound happiness out of small increments of mindles...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
5.0 Bright Lights, Big City
Recently I tried a book given to me by a friend that didn't click for me. My friend said, I guess this was your Bright Lights, Big City--a book I recommended to her. Humor is a funny, very individual thing, and this is one of my favorite books, while my friend hated it and abandoned it mid-read. It ...
Bookivorous
Bookivorous rated it
3.0 Bright Lights, Big City
Probably not wildly overrated (which is where I shelved it) but very much of its time. The second person conceit gets very wearing and there's more than a hint of autobiography about it, which ended up making me feel very impatient with both the author and his nameless protagonist as the latter brin...
My bookies
My bookies rated it
5.0 Bright Lights, Big City
Read this for the second time and it got better the second time around. What was life like in 80s New York, in a fashionable publishing house, for a self-destructive guy not too far out of college? I just love the writing on this one. A keeper.
target acquired
target acquired rated it
1.0
perhaps the best things i can say about this one are that it perfectly captured a perfectly nauseating time period in the mid-80s and it certainly reinvigorated the use of second-person narrative with surprising elan; perhaps the worst thing i could say about this one is that It Drove Me Up The Wall...
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