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Los Angeles Without A Map

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An autobiographical cult travelogue first published in 1988 and turned into a movie 10 years later, Los Angeles Without a Map sees Richard Rayner leave his long-term girlfriend and steady job back in London to fly on a whim to track down Barbara, a bunny girl, athlete and party head. The plot is set for a good outsider tale with a rather straight Englishman pursuing the af ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published 1998 by Vintage (first published January 1st 1989)
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Radiantflux
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
19th book for 2016.

In this 1980s book about Los Angeles there are no blacks or latinos, no police corruption or pretty much anything else, other than a self-aware comedic telling of an lost/desperate-loser Englishman's stalking of a Playboy bunny. This is a very short and narrow take on the city.

However, it is enjoyable for what it is, and captures a certain (limited) sense of the city. I would have given it three stars, but the end felt too forced and spoiled what was an otherwise enjoyable qu
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Aug 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir-male
highly entertaining in a Day of the Locust sort of way. Got to this via The Blue Suit, which I like even better.
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Great read, highly entertaining and surreal made even better because its true
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Richard Rayner is a British author who now lives in Los Angeles. He was born on December 15, 1955 in the northern city of Bradford. Rayner attended schools in Yorkshire and Wales before studying philosophy and law at the University of Cambridge. He has worked as an editor at Time Out Magazine, in London, and later on the literary magazine Granta, then based in Cambridge.

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