Seriously, this place sucks.
That's about all I got out of this book: a heightened sense of dissatisfaction and frustration with my environment. As mentioned below, I never cared at all about any of the characters, and there didn't seem to be much of a point to the plot or anything that anyone did the whole time. I guess I mildly enjoyed it, in a bored kind of way. It was fu...more
With one exception the women ch...more
Lush Life follows several characters around the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the wake of a murder. The characters are well drawn and three dimensional, even some of the minor characters (I'm thinking of...more
Eric Cash is one of those residents. He has been a bartender for 8 years and dreams of becoming an actor or a writer or a restaurateur. He has been dreaming that long – in fact for 8 years – so that he is now the oldest employee at Café Berkmann. At 32, although he is already the manager, he is bored on waiting when any of his dreams...more
A pre-review, based on 40-odd pages . . .
OK, look: I didn't ge...more
I listened to the audiobook recording which is narrated (to excellent effect) by Bobby Cannavale. Price's novel feels cinematic at every turn, which makes sense considering his history as a screenwriter and credits on The Wire. I was pretty riveted to the story and I think this may get...more
After reading the reviews that made me pick up this book, I was expecting a novel that "transcends genres and reflects the changing landscape of the LES." Yeah...I guess it does all that...but at its core, this is simply a great detective novel. Price concentrates on just the right number of characters and his ear for dialogue is unmatched.
Not a negative, just an observation - the first 1/3 of the novel which takes place with just three charact...more
I liked this book.
Don't get me wrong. The jargon is hard to take. I wanted to put it down 6 or 7 times. It took about half way through for me to understand everything that was being said. The flow of the plot was staccato...more
The main character, more or...more
The New York featured here is not the city of Madison Avenue and Broadway plays. This city is dirty and unforgiving, most of the characters, from cops to thugs, tend to...more
However, I get a very strong feeling that 'Lush Life' (as well as the rest of Price's body of work) is closer to The Way Things Really Are than any other fictional account of police work in general. Furthermore, I posit that realism, in the crime genre, is far more compelling than stories treated to have the maximum dramatic impact.
Richard Price deftly explores the urban world in his novels and screenwriting (Clockers, Freedomland, Samaritan, **1/2 Mar/Apr 2003, and HBO's The Wire), but critics agreed that Lush Life is perhaps his finest work of social realism yet. Compared to Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities for its adept intertwining of the crime and social novel, Lush Life just might be "the greater achievement" (Wall Street Journal). While offering a panoramic view of class and social tensions in Manhattan, Price al...more
A self-described "middle class Jewish kid," Price grew up in a housing project in the northeast Bronx. Today, he lives in New York City with his family.
Price graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1967 and obtained a BA from Cornell University and an MFA from C...more