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by Irwin Shaw

  • ISBN: 0380641623
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Irwin Shaw
  • Other formats: lit docx lrf mobi
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reissue edition (May 1, 1987)
  • FB2 size: 1709 kb
  • EPUB size: 1653 kb
  • Rating: 4.9
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Irwin Shaw, Acceptable Losses. Other author's books: Evening in Byzantium. Bread Upon the Waters.

Officer, G1, G2, G3, and G4 concur in the opinion that the proposed plan for the operation has an 85 percent chance of success, with acceptable losses. From this and other missions forty-four of our aircraft are missing. The National Safety Council predicted yesterday that there would be five hundred and fifty-eight fatal traffic accidents over this forthcoming holiday weekend.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Roger Damon, a good and decent man, receives a telephone call from an unidentified caller who calls him a bad boy and pulls Damon into a nightmare race against time and a struggle against irrational evil.

Acceptable Losses book. What I adore Irwin Shaw's books for is their simplicity at first sight but very deep meaning once you get into them; beautifully written characters and perfectly circumscribed personalities, most of all though for the unobtrusive push to think and compile your own view on the subjects, topics, events and particular heroes.

Irwin Shaw’s gripping final novel about a mysterious phone call that threatens to derail a man’s life Roger Damon is a literary agent at the top of his field, but with one anonymous phone call, his life begins to unravel. The caller demands a meeting and threatens Roger with outing past transgressions.

Oliver said, embarrassed by the apology. Sheila seemed so worried, and to tell you the truth, so was I. He smiled childishly at Damon. A little temper clears the air. Well, Damon said. Well, Damon said nows everything by now-or at least everything I know, so there’s no need for her to get daily bulletins from the office anymore. He said it without anger but Oliver understood it. Whatever you say, boss, he said. Omerta, as they say in Sicily. But if you ever need my help. Thanks, Damon said, I’ll be all right.

by. Shaw, Irwin, 1913-1984. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

My husband and I were recently having a conversation and one of us used the term "acceptable loss" which inspired a discussion about this book. He read it years ago and still had it and could still find it. He remembered liking it so I decided to read it as well.

Irwin Shaw (February 27, 1913 – May 16, 1984) was an American playwright, screenwriter, novelist, and short-story author whose written works have sold more than 14 million copies.

If a death threat came in the night, would you know who wanted to kill you?
Reviews about Acceptable Losses (7):
Although the story kept my interest, it ultimately went nowhere and suffered from a bizarre plot twist that just felt like a wrong turn. At the book's end, I was left with the thought, "what was the purpose of that tale???"
After reading - no, skimming - multiple pages of self-doubt, psychological b.s., too convenient memory tweaks and boring introspection, I finally quit over 1/3 of the way through the book. I just didn't care about the central persona or what happened to him.
Irwin Shaw was a talented American writer who went into self-imposed exile in Europe after being targeted in Senator Joseph McCarthy’s communist witch hunts of the 1950s. From Europe, Shaw continued to write critically acclaimed works until his death in 1984, works that are now being reissued in e-book format.
Acceptable Losses was Shaw’s final book. It is the story of Roger Damon, a literary agent, who gets a strange phone call. The caller demands that they meet or else sins of Damon’s past will be exposed. He doesn’t take it seriously at first, but as the caller persists, Damon begins to reflect upon his past in an effort to identify his telephonic extortionist.
This story, like most of Shaw’s work, defies characterization. Filled with social commentary and mental journeys, it is also a mystery, as Damon’s caller continues to stalk him, But, typical of Shaw, we never know who or why. The stalker serves merely as a backdrop to Shaw’s views on the culture and social mores of the time.
If you like your fiction formulaic, you might not warm to this book, but if you like a good story that will suck you in and hold your interest for several hundred pages, get this book.
I hadn't read anything by Shaw for decades, and I'd forgotten what a good writer he is. Since reading this, I've read two others. If you're looking for excellent writing, great stories, and memorable characters, pick up any of his books.
Shaw's later work dealt quite a bit with what I guess I would call the randomness of death. The protagonist, Roger Damon, an aging literary agent, is woken up in the middle of the night by a stranger who identifies himself as "Zalovsky" who threatens, "you've been a bad boy and you're going to have to pay." The rest of the novel centers on Damon's attempts to figure out the identity of the caller and who or what in his past he must pay for. I always have enjoyed Irwin Shaw's works and this one, while not quite up to par with Rich Man Poor Man or Nightwork, is a bracing read.
My husband and I were recently having a conversation and one of us used the term "acceptable loss" which inspired a discussion about this book. He read it years ago and still had it and could still find it. He remembered liking it so I decided to read it as well.

The main character, Roger Damon, is a fairly successful literary agent living in New York in the late 70's or early '80's. One night, he gets a nebulous threatening phone call telling him he has been a bad boy and he will have to pay. The first three-fourths of the book is about Damon examining his life and people that might consider him an enemy. I couldn't put it down. The last part of the book seemed implausible compared to the first, almost like he couldn't find an appropriate ending. I felt a little unsatisfied with the ending but it didn't ruin the book for me. I felt Shaw really developed the characters, they didn't seem hollow at all. I think I want to read Rich Man Poor Man next.
303 pages that lead nowhere. The first 270 pages are not only written with some excellence, they lead the reader to be concerned about the story. The last 30 pages or so are little more than unintelligent garbage, hardly attached to the story at all. WORSE, the book ends with no conclusion leaving the reader, at least this one, angry enough to want to be the person who threatened the main character, except I want the author to suffer as he made me suffer writing a book without an ending. A novel is no place for a shaggy dog story.

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