Along with many, this book seems to me a prequel to, 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, Thanks to Bookface, you no longer get this book mixed up with. You push the Talk button: "Who is it?" It is written about a character's time spent caught up in, and notably escaping from, the mid-1980s New York City fast lane. This one's compared with Less Than Zero, which is definitely one of my top fives, but I'd prefer that; mostly because I'm the sort of person who'd defend Ellis's sick books. John Barrett McInerney Jr. is an American writer. Just this morning you found a makeup brush beside the toilet. If you’re looking for something serious, move on or read the part of this review under Sensuality vs Intellectualism. You enjoy how quickly the pages turn, how quickly the plot flows. You wish that you had paid more attention when a woman you met at Heartbreak told you about Zen meditation. Bright Lights, big city really does capture the essence of New York City in the early 80’s. You are somewhat wrong.”, “Your head is pounding with voices of confession and revelation. It’s got a great beat to it. You are not quite all right.  The novel is written in the second person, an unusual narrative method in English language fiction. When you're staying at the Plaza with your beautiful wife, doesn't it make sense to order the best Scotch that money can buy before you go to the theater in your private limousine?”, “But what you are left with is a premonition of the way your life will fade behind you, like a book you have read too quickly, leaving a dwindling trail of images and emotions, until all you can remember is a name.”, “The night has already turned on that imperceptible pivot where two A.M. changes to six A.M. You know this moment has come and gone, but you are not yet willing to concede that you have crossed the line beyond which all is gratuitous damage and the palsy of unraveled nerve endings. If you’re into that whole drug, party, booze getup then hooray for you. You described the feeling you’d always had of being misplaced, of always standing to one side of yourself, of watching yourself in the world even as you were being in the world, and wondering if this was how everyone felt. You wanted an explanation, and ending that would assign blame and dish up justice. The second-person narrative is effortless. Bright Lights, Big City is an American novel by Jay McInerney, published by Vintage Books on August 12, 1984. It isn't all that dated. One of my favorite books, and a part of my permanent collection. Enjoyed this much more than was expecting. You think she meant that the only shoes we can ever wear are our own. You were intrigued, understandably. So it was "I" but McInerney called the "I" "You." You are reading about Liz Taylor's new boyfriend when a sooty hand taps your shoulder. Meg can't imagine what it's like for you to be you, she can only imagine herself being you.”, “The level of the room keeps changing. Nevertheless, there is something almost irresistible about this book; on the other hand, I read it in 1985 and it may not stand the test of time but I'm not planning to read it again to find out. You were coming to grips. His wife, Amanda, recently left him, and he copes with this by pretending nothing happened and telling no one that she is gone. So it remains to say, which one's better? It would be an understatement to say that I read and loved this book. It is written about a character's time spent caught up in, and notably escaping from, the mid-1980s New York City fast lane. I don't recognize the unique or masterful qualities of the writing, I don't find the plot exceptionally interesting, and the characters aren't compelling at all. The joy ride is personified by a man rapidly losing hold of his life. — The New York Times " Bright Lights, Big City defined, and even determined, the mood of this whole town." 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. * On the other hand, and maybe this is symptomatic of first novels, but McInerney seems to feel the need to heap on some unnecessary dramatic events either in a quest for Total Sympathy or as a justification for the protagonis. All messed up and no place to go.”, “Did you know that ninety percent of your average household dust is composed of human epidermal matter? You end up liking the main character, even though you know he's an asshole. You identify with the main character. My conclusion was that. You do not have to look up to know you are facing a casualty, one of the city's MIAs. With the publication of Bright Lights, Big City in 1984, Jay McInerney became a literary sensation, heralded as the voice of a generation. You followed the rails of white powder across the mirror in pursuit of a point of convergence where everything was cross-referenced according to a master code. That's skin, to you. The story's narrator is a 24-year-old writer who works as a fact checker for a highbrow magazine for which he had once hoped to write. For a second, you felt terrific. Point of view in fiction has always been an area of interest, and you might be described as a sucker for narrative gimmicks. You've been meaning to read BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY for years, ever since hearing that it's written in the second person. * On the other hand, and maybe this is symptomatic of first novels, but McInerney seems to feel the need to heap on some unnecessary dramatic events either in a quest for Total Sympathy or as a justification for the protagonist's ennui. It's more like snorting coke, hanging around with this Allagash dude, partying every night, struggling with writer blocks, hating job....you get the idea, typical well-read, shallow, cynical young men with a thing for art. Makes everyone who ever existed in the 1980s seem like an arse. "(Who makes that decision anyway?) She can't hurt you. I liked it a lot, actually. I didn’t care as much as I wanted to. “Everything becomes symbol and irony when you've been betrayed”, “Things happen, people change,' is what Amanda said. Unfortunately, that republic is Italy. 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. Even if you knew what sonar was and how it worked, you could never know what it feels like to have it, or what it feels like to be a small, furry creature hanging upside down from the roof of a cave. I really enjoyed how it was written in second person narrative voice and also the rumor that so much of it was based on Jay Mcinerny's life in New York. Then the coke ran out; as you hoovered the last line, you saw yourself hideously close-up with a rolled twenty sticking out of your nose. But between the job and the life there wasn't much time left over for emotion recollected in tranquillity.”, “You are the stuff of which consumer profiles – American Dream: Educated Middle-Class Model – are made. So it was "I" but McInerney called the "I" "You." , "Inside Area: The Wizardry of New York's Hottest Club", Literapedia Notes for Bright Lights, Big City, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bright_Lights,_Big_City_(novel)&oldid=976088500, Articles with unsourced statements from September 2020, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 1 September 2020, at 04:06. Error rating book. What can I say? The momentary escape provides lots of exciting times but as anything that is done in excess it all comes crashing down and he has to face up to his failures even when he’s trying so hard to run away from them. The first sentence of this book is said to be unmatched and that sentence alone immediately taught me of the type of reader i was and would eventually be. (Take that, Tolstoy!) His novels include, “Everything becomes symbol and irony when you've been betrayed”, “Things happen, people change,' is what Amanda said. This is a fast paced book that leaves you wanting more. I was almost tempted to give this five stars--an honor I've bestowed upon just two books all year. You like the book more than you expected to. Unfortunately, that republic is Italy. He obsesses over every item she owned in his apartment, every modeling photo and every club she visited, even repeatedly visiting a mannequin based on her. And you will make use of the metaphor of cocaine use. "Narcotics squad. E per forza: sono tutti successivi al 1984 di questo libro. I read this because I am a fact-checker and recently moved to New York full of aspirational dreams, but didn't enjoy it as I thought I would. Anyway, it's about suffering through New York City nightlife in the mid-1980s and its publication made the author an instant literary sensation or, what the critics.
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