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Titel: Table Money
Verlag: Ticknor & Fields, New York, New York, U.S.A.
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good
Auflage: First Edition.
0899193129 dust jacket little nicked. Quality, Value, Experience. Media Shipped in New Boxes. Buchnummer des Verkäufers MAY07194
Inhaltsangabe: The year is 1970. Owney Morrison is back from Vietnam with a Congressional Medal of Honor, which is not negotiable currency in the borough of Queens in New York City. Oh sure, there's a free drink every now and then, which Owney doesn't need. He is in big trouble. By day, Owney is-almost by heredity - a sandhog, a digger of tunnels whose work is backbreaking and terrifyingly dangerous. By night, his main adversary comes at him from inside a bottle, while his wife, Dolores, and their infant child look on helplessly. Owney may not make it; Dolores just may have a shot-but only if she has the heart and the stomach to pay the fearsome cost of becoming her own woman. Breslin is back on the turf he has made his own: Queens Boulevard with its artful hustlers and blowzy beehives, its dedicated grifters and solid citizens. No one knows them better: Kellerman, the lunatic old union guy, whose wild eyes burn with Trotsky fire; Sharon the barmaid, under whose laconic style lies a parching thirst for retribution; McNiff, a renaissance shyster whose normal courtroom attire features bathrobe and carpet slippers. From his home base in the caretaker's house in the endless sprawl of a cemetery, Owney blunders forth into a world of his own making, but a world, nonetheless, that wants no part of him. Something has to give. Jimmy Breslin has been at work on this body-blow of a novel for some ten years. He is older now and probably wiser. He has reached a peak of power.
From Publishers Weekly:
By the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author (Table Money, The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight), this funny, gutsy "fable" treats harsh truths with bitter irony. The grim comedy begins when orders from the Vatican send Fr. Cosgrove from his post in Africa to stamp out sin (i.e., illicit sex) in America. With his companion Great Big, a sometimes backsliding former cannibal, the priest arrives in New York City, where he learns about real sin. Through Baby Rock, a young black boy who befriends them, Cosgrove and Great Big become involved with the city's homeless and hungry, victims of "public assistance," and soon all hell breaks loose in Manhattan. There is hardly time to gasp between the swift developments, when the missionary and hungry Great Big declare war on all the exploiters of the have-nots: the pious rich types who pretend to help the poor, the bureaucratic flunkies who euchre welfare clients out of sustenance, even the Mafia. The dialogue is straight on and mean, the ethnic types funny and recognizable, with the feel of the city throbbing between the lines. This is Breslin at his bestpurely unbeatable. BOMC selection.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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