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Brian Flanagan is one of today's culture heroes, a sophisticated journeyman bartender who can seduce a waitress while mixing a perfect martini, and simultaneously regale his patrons with his acerbic view of the world. So why is he unemployed, broke and alone? Brian's odyssey takes him from Manhattan's fashionable East Side celebrity bars to Fire Island hot spots, from Cari ...more
Unknown Binding, 337 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by St. Martin's Press
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Oct 23, 2010 Carson rated it liked it
When I picked up "Cocktail" I really did not know what to expect. In recent years, mostly because a buddy and I have watched it a few times and laughed at the lines and the smattering of "Coughlin's Laws" I noticed the book and script were written by Heywood Gould and I thought I would look it up on Amazon.

Books are pretty cheap these days online and I figured for the penny they were asking, what the hey.

First, the movie and book are similar but not at all, at the same time. The movie was obviou
Suanne Laqueur
Yes, the movie with Tom Cruise. No, NOTHING like the movie with Tom Cruise. At all. Thank God. This is a gritty, grimy, down-and-out drunk of a book. No romance, no feels, no hugging, no learning. The hero isn't a hero and never pretends to be. He's irredeemable, unlikable and yet he's honest about his ways (always sleeps with his boxers under the pillow). Grab your drinks and take a tour of NYC nightlife and drinking culture, both on the stools and behind the bar.
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Sep 17, 2009 David rated it really liked it
Different from the movie, thank God. Lotsa good stuff about bar culture in the dark ages, sprinkled liberally with amusing rants.
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i learned that the movie wanted the name and not much else
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Born in the Bronx and raised in Brooklyn, Heywood Gould got his start as a reporter for the New York Post. Later he financed years of rejection with the usual colorful jobs, cabdriver, mortician's assistant, industrial floor waxer, bartender and screenwriter. He has written twelve books and nine screenplays, among them "Lading Lady," "Fort Apache, the Bronx," "Boys From Brazil," "Cocktail," "Rolli ...more
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