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With the intensity of a Jacobean tragedy, Casino unfolds its tale of a love triangle between a gambler, his wife, and his henchman amid the glittering, festering Babylon of Las Vegas. The film makes daring use of voice-over and rapidly shifting points of view and time frame, leaving conventional film language far behind.
Paperback, 150 pages
Published October 10th 1996 by Faber & Faber
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This is an excellent novel (and movie, starring my #2 favourite Bob de Niro - because, as y'all must know, no one can beat Al Pacino) based on a true story. Ace is the 'right' guy, street smart, with the good finger for bets and rotten finger for women. When he falls in love for Ginger, a VIP prostitute sickly in love for both her pimp and heroin, things start to fall apart as the stakes get too high with an innocent child involved, namely their daughter.
Its prolly heresy but I think I prefer "Casino" to "Goodfellas", of the 2 Scorsese/Pileggi film efforts. This book is the actual long form journalism that "Casino" the movie was based on. The names are different and Frank Rosenthal/Ace Rothstein is not quite the mensch with a pscho wife the movie mad him out be, but it is a good investigation into how integral the mob was to operating casinos in the US up until the early 80s.
Extremely badly written. It is factual though and informative, but it lacked utterly any poetic of imaginative touch. It was just like a huge brain dump of the accounts of the organized crime prevalent in the years when it happened. It also discussed about the rigging of Las Vegas casino games. Bored me to death, just finished it so that I could use my bookmark on a different book.
I didn't like how this book was written, I thought it was light on actual story and too heavy on dialogue for my taste. I felt like I was listening to a middle schooler tell a story from class: and I said don't tell him about the skimming... and he said Lefty doesn't tolerate that kind of behavior...and I said...blah blah blah. Throw in some terrible voice acting and it was not my favorite.
I LOVED this book. I was expecting it to be very close to the movie sort of like 'Wiseguy' was to Goodfellas. But it was a lot different. I love these true gangster stories and could read/watch them all day long. It was interesting to see what was actually different from the way it was portrayed in the film. What lives these people led! I highly recommend.
Nicholas Pileggi is best known for writing the book Wiseguy, which he adapted into the movie Goodfellas, and for writing the book and screenplay Casino. The movie versions of both were co-written and directed by Martin Scorsese. Pileggi also wrote the screenplay for the 1996 film City Hall. He began his career as a journalist and had a profound interest in the Mafia. This is where he developed his ...moreMore about Nicholas Pileggi...