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Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney
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Mar 25, 2012

really liked it
Read from March 26 to 29, 2012 — I own a copy

I picked up this book on a whim a few days back, just because I wanted to read Story of My Life by the same author, and I thought I'd read his first novel (just because it was cheaper). In all honesty, I didn't know what to expect and when reading other reviews about the book, I was a little apprehensive due to the use of second-person narrative. Once I got reading the book, I was used to the writing style by the end of the first chapter, and the writing flowed fantastically (in my opinion).

I liked the fact that the book was basically the story of one man's life of excess drugs and alcohol in the city, and throughout the book, how he begins to realise that his life is falling apart, and in order to get it all back together, he needs to go back to the beginning and start over. The book deal's with the hero's issues with his boss at work, his issues and ill feelings towards his wife who left him, and how he feels about his mothers death. It also looks at the relationships that the hero has, with his friend Tad, his colleagues, possible love interests, and of course his brother. The book is witty, clever, entertaining and all in all, everything I look for in a book.

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