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Brendan Behan's New York

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"You're F.B.I., Brendan," said the proprietor of McSorley's the famous old ale house in New York. So the Foreign Born Irishman, Brendan Behan, takes on his last tour of what he calls "the most exciting city in the world."

His anthropological investigations cover a wide variety of places, people and things, always accompanied by ribald anecdote and rumbustious description.
Paperback, 159 pages
Published January 1st 1985 by Little Brown and Company (first published 1964)
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Apr 02, 2013 Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
No harm this book caused me. A casually narrated tour through NYC neighborhoods and bars in the early '60s, generally easy banter about swimming nude in the YMCA pool, about an uncle on Staten Island, St Patrick's Day, FBI (foreign-born Irish), Chinatown, Fulton St Fish Market etc. Generally clever hits and misses. One LOL about beatniks trying to steal his job. Funny mild rant about folk singers in Washington Square. Stray mention of Ginsberg and Kerouac and a nice bit about not understanding t ...more
Isaura Pereira
Este foi a primeira leitura para o Desafio Pop-Up do mês de Junho, com o tema Viagens. Sendo esta outra das minhas paixões decidi dedicar algumas das minhas leituras do mês a este tema.

Este livro de não-ficção é o retrato de Nova Iorque visto pelo autor Brendan Behan. Um irlandês com uma grande paixão pela cidade. O autor vai contando histórias e peripécias das suas estadias pela cidade. Fala dos locais, dos seus habitantes.

A edição original foi publicada nos anos 60, pelo que fiquei alguns fac
Jun 23, 2015 Allan rated it liked it
This was a quick read, given both its short length page wise, and the fact that there were many illustrations by artist Paul Hogarth. I had picked it up in a second hand bookstore having seen it and Behan referred to in another titleabout the Chelsea hotel.

Published posthumously, it features essays on the different neighbourhoods of early 1960s NYC, some of which are of better quality than others. I did enjoyreading them, and looking at theillustrations, but the book hadthe feeling of being writ
Alexis Ahotep
Um relato bem humorado e "enciclopédico" de gentes e lugares.
Artur Coelho
Num quarto de hotel, um dramaturgo alcoólico irlandês dita à sua secretária aquela que será a sua última obra. O resultado é este Nova Iorque, um imenso monólogo em que o escritor nos leva às ruas e aos bares de uma certa Nova Iorque, de cariz irlandês, vista por um homem que gosta de se sentar ao balcão e partilhar um bom whiskey e vários dedos de conversa com quem encontra.

A beleza deste livro está na sua profunda oralidade, que a palavra impressa e traduzida procura transmitir e quase consegu
An Irishman’s account of life in New York. Well, at least that’s what it’s supposed to be. Brendan Behan was a playwright who wrote a play called The Hostage (which he mentions about 500 times) and claims to have a insurmountable love for New York City. But his book is about 50% Irish nostalgia and 40% name dropping with famous celebrities of the 60s.
Okay, so Behan was drunk when he wrote this book (he had to dictate it, such was his state), and everything does admittedly read like a drunken ran
Abimelech Abimelech
i'm surprised that here and elsewhere anyone at all would be seemingly dissapointed with this book. for christ's sake it is brendan behan in new york city; it is a drunken spree to end all drunken sprees with great waves of charm and description of lower Manhattan interwoven throughout.

i did not sit down to read the book straight-throgh. rather, i flipped through the passages, the artwork (My edition, from the 60s or so, came with dozens of great charcoal sketches of New York throughout the book
Feb 03, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Okay, so it was kind of a rambling series of anecdotes, but it was such a hilarious rambling series that I didn't care about the lack of coherency. His narrative wit is understated and blunt by turns, and the shift between them made for great comedic timing.

I'm partial to "slice of life" looks at different time periods, so that I even liked how Behan jumped from personal history to a funny story he heard to something that pissed him off or made an impression, because he's so candid about it. I
Piego di Libri
Aug 10, 2016 Piego di Libri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pensieri e parole a ruota libera, tutto quello che gli passa per la mente rientra in questo che lui definisce un “poema epico” su una New York che in parte non c’è più...
Maria Carmo
Aug 30, 2011 Maria Carmo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Uma visão diferente de Nova Iorque, que a humaniza até aos olhos daqueles que nela vêem sobretudo "a selva de betão". Uma deambulação por ruas, bares, restaurante com incursões culturais irlandesas...
Vale a pena ler!

A different vision of New York, a perambulation through streets, hotels, bars, restaurantes and the Broadway... with permanent cultural incursions into Irish art...

Definitely a good read. I read it while the Irene Hurricane threatened the city.

Maria Carmo

31 August 2011.
Apr 11, 2011 Mariana rated it liked it
Não esteve à altura das minhas espectativas, pois pensei que fosse uma história concreta passada na imensidão da cidade de Nova Iorque, mas é um bom livro que nos faz reviver os bons e maus momentos que Behan passou na cidade.
André C.
Aug 23, 2011 André C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nova Iorque pelos olhos
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In English of course...
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Brendan Francis Behan (Irish: Breandán Ó Beacháin) (9 February 1923 – 20 March 1964) was an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright who wrote in both Irish and English. He was also an Irish republican and a volunteer in the Irish Republican Army.

Behan was born in the inner city of Dublin on 9 February 1923 into an educated working class family. He lived in a house on Russell Stree
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