Bright Lights, Big City, Paperback
5 out of 5 (1 rating)


You are at a nightclub talking to a girl with a shaved head.

The club is either Heartbreak or the Lizard Lounge. All might become clear if you could just slip into the bathroom and do a little more Bolivian Marching Powder.

Then again, it might not. So begins our nameless hero's trawl through the brightly lit streets of Manhattan, sampling all this wonderland has to offer yet suspecting that tomorrow's hangover may be caused by more than simple excess. "Bright Lights, Big City" is an acclaimed classic which marked Jay McInerney as one of the major writers of our time.




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I will refrain from writing a review in the second person.This is my favourite book of all-time. I have read it about six times now and I still laugh hysterically at times. It is rather funny in parts but, ultimately, the book is heading towards a sad and regretful end and you can feel this ominously as the book moves on. There is a slight chink of optimism shining through at the end. It is a short book but I think that just makes it even better. You can have it read within a few hours.I think McInerney is just brilliantly effortless with his writing. I have read all his works (bar the wine non-fiction he has been doing recently) and I still think this tops the lot. I would recommend Brightness Falls, Story of My Life, How It Ended and The Last Bachelor if you enjoyed this book.

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