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Evening in Byzantium

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  579 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Honest men and thieves, pimps, panderers and men of virtue: they were all gamblers in a game with no rules, placing their bets debonairly, or in the sweat of fear. The place is Cannes, the setting, a film festival, and the hero is Jesse Craig, whose survival is at stake.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 5th 1996 (first published 1973)
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Vesselin Georgieff
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
Най-добрият дневник за самотата, който съм чел! Има отделни глави за морско-синята самота; за самотата, докато си влюбен; самотата, когато си богат; самотата, докато умираш; за самотните пътувания.

Пътуването към намирането на себе си няма нужда от обратен билет.
Yana
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Любопитството ми към книгата беше събудено от сравнение на читател с La grande bellezza. Нямаше как да пропусна. Определено споделям мнението. Усещането, което прочетеното остави у мен, е много сходно с това, което изпитах след като гледах филма.
Това е първата ми среща с Ъруин Шоу и съм впечатлена от стила му - лек, приятен, неангажиращ, същевременно изключително красив.
Докато четях, физически усещах всичко написано - мирис на Средиземно море, цветя, летни вечери, алкохол...
Героите и историите и
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Petya Yaneva
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Как си представяте живота си двадесет години след като сте постигнали всичко, за което сте мечтали?

Джеси Крейг е човек, чийто отдавна спечелени пари са на свършване, а безусловната и чиста любов е останала само в мъглявите му пиянски спомени. Човек, чаровен, пасивен и изгубен, до който всички искат да се докоснат, но който не иска да бъде търсен. През цялото време, докато четях книгата, възприемах този подход към живота като символ на зрялост - да гледаш на случващото се на едро, честно, без зл
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L.   (Slay the meaty ones!)
Nov 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: depressing
Horribly depressing characters have tedious conversations about how horribly depressed they are. I want to give everyone in this book a prescription for Zoloft. In between drinking gallons of booze, they all moan and groan about how their lives are in the toilet, yet none of them do anything to pull themselves up. When one decent character shows up (for just a few paragraphs) I wanted to shout at him, "Run! Run away from these people! They're highly contagious!"

The novel has left me with two lin
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Temz
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ъруин Шоу прави дупка към театъра. „Вечер във Византия” е книга, след която усещаш ужасен бодеж под краката си.
http://www.knijno.blogspot.com/2015/0...
Daralis
Nov 04, 2008 rated it did not like it
It was slow and the ending didn't fit.
Devin
Feb 17, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
Novel about the Cannes film festival. Dated.
Yury
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Крепкая четверка с плюсом. Атмосферно и похоже на роман Фитцджеральда - американский слегка опустившийся творец ищет вдохновения и смысла жизни на Ривьере, предаваясь всяким приятным порокам. Местами затянуто и многовато эпизодических персонажей.
Vessela Desheva
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful and touching, yet rather depressing story...
Tom McDade
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
From The Main Point - James Scott Linville

Saturday, April 2, 2011
James Salter on Irwin Shaw
David L. Ulin, musing about the happy change in the weather, was reminded of Irwin Shaw's much anthologized "Girls in Their Summer Dresses." Shaw is largely forgotten now, his literary achievements oddly overshadowed by the enormous commercial success of his late novels, and yet his short stories not only hold up but are superb. Ulin's post prompted a F'book friend to mention James Salter's remembrance of
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Monika
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The very last page of the book reminded me of Charles Bukowski. Not because of his way of writing, buт his way of living. I read a similar story about him in his biography that shocked me, and I felt giggly when I finished the book. It was easy to read, light and intriguing. The first thing I read by Irwin Shaw was his short story "In the french style". They both consist the character of the strong male, the traveler with no constant home who is not sure what he wants from life nor love. Paris i ...more
Mark Stone
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
To say that Jesse Crain is one of Irwin Shaw's most unforgettable protagonists is saying a lot.

Which makes the statement no less true.

Admittedly this isn't on par with Rich Man, Poor Man (nothing is) or Beggarman, Thief (few books reach that level of excellence), but Byzantium is a VERY GOOD read. Give it a go if you appreciate writing brilliance and engrossing characters and settings.
Kerry
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Poorly structured plot and unrealistic relationships between characters. Heavy handed treatment of themes. Strange diversion into somewhat incestuous thoughts and (indirect) behavior by the main character. Melodrama and clinched actions throughout. A silly book with little to offer a serious reader.
Jennifer
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book started off a little slow for me, but once I got into it I adored the story. In a way it reminds me of some of the themes of The Great Gatsby. Wonderful storytelling and dialogue. The protagonist is so well illustrated, I felt like I knew him...and I just wanted to shake him and then slap some life into him!
Petia Boikova
През цялото време чаках нещо да се случи и тъкмо да има някакво развитие и книгата свърши.

Но пък остава едни въпроси за живота и кога е нужно да си направим една обективна равносметка и дали няма да е късно в един момент.
Dave Schumacher
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great storyteller - everything I've read of his I've enjoyed
Robert Grant
Jun 27, 2011 rated it liked it
A pretty good yarn. I seem to remember that there was also a mini-series of this novel done. Not as good as the book however. A strong book for it's time.
Lotts01
Mar 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
Worst book I ever read - gave up
Ruth Vanderhart
Dec 04, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 would be more accurate. Shaw is an excellent storyteller.
Keith Lerner
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not as good as his others, but passable
Bpatoosk
Aug 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Good read by an absolutely great author - wish there where more like him. I'd add more stars if the protagonist weren't so frustratingly passive....but that's personal opinion. The writing is great.
Sonia
Nov 19, 2008 rated it liked it
I'm not sure I understood the book.
Aaron Segal
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great novel by Shaw.
Ani Alexander
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The end was unexpected... but at the same time the author discribed the character and his life sa well that the reader can understand why this happened.
It was quite deep and emotional read.
Noel Hynd
Dec 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
One of my favorites again...... Thie film business in Cannes in the 1970's, elegantly crafted by a muc h undserrated writer.
Steve
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Shaw takes the film industry to task in this novel which could be out of the 1920's.
Jennifer Armstrong
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
totally awesome story. one of the most entertaining stories ever...like pippi longstockings for adults...
Katerina Ershova
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely love it!
Bogdanova Alyona
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Shaw was born Irwin Gilbert Shamforoff in the South Bronx, New York City, to Russian Jewish immigrants. Shaw was a prolific American playwright, screenwriter, novelist, and short-story author whose written works have sold more than 14 million copies. He is best known for his novels, The Young Lions (1948) and Rich Man Poor Man (1970).

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