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Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney
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Dec 05, 09

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The unnamed protagonist of this brilliant novel is a writer who works as a fact checker for a high-brow magazine. At night he loses himself in parties, using and abusing cocaine.
Our protagonist does not want to find himself sober. If he does, he'll have to accept that his wife, Amanda, has left him. His answer is to embrace the hedonism of the 1980s yuppie party scene.
Told from the second person narrative viewpoint, the novel is perfect for the disassociation with self and soullessness of this decade.
I use the opening line as an example of this surreal viewpoint in every class I teach.
"You are not the kind of guy who would be at a place like this at this time of the morning."
It is a brilliant novel. It stands far above the awful offerings by the likes of Brett Easton Ellis in the same era.
Read it.
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“Everything becomes symbol and irony when you've been betrayed”
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