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by John Gregory Dunne

  • ISBN: 0704330547
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  • Author: John Gregory Dunne
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Quartet Books (1974)
  • Pages: 304 pages
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  • Rating: 4.3
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The obituaries of John Gregory Dunne led me to VEGAS, a fictionalized autobiography that cuts between the author's residence in 1970s Las Vegas and his youth of 20 years earlier in Connecticut.

The obituaries of John Gregory Dunne led me to VEGAS, a fictionalized autobiography that cuts between the author's residence in 1970s Las Vegas and his youth of 20 years earlier in Connecticut.

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John Gregory Dunne's unheralded first novel. Vegas: A Memoir of a Dark Season was his first novel, published when he was 42. It received plenty of good press, including an excerpt in Playboy and three separate notices in The New York Times. But sales were slight - and not surprisingly, as there were several things working against it. For one, it'd only been three years since, in the words of Tom Wolfe, the "scorching epochal sensation" of Fear and Loathing. Why would anyone need another book about the seat of Clark County, Nevada? Dunne wasn't riding Thompson's coattails

John Gregory Dunne (May 25, 1932 – December 30, 2003) was an American novelist, screenwriter and literary critic. Dunne was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and was a younger brother of author Dominick Dunne.

John Gregory Dunne (May 25, 1932 – December 30, 2003) was an American novelist, screenwriter and literary critic. He was the son of Dorothy Frances (née Burns) and Richard Edwin Dunne, a hospital chief of staff and prominent heart surgeon. With several siblings, he grew up in a large, wealthy Irish Catholic family. Their maternal grandfather Dominick Francis Burns had founded the Park Street Trust Company.

ISBN 10: 0394461657 ISBN 13: 9780394461656. Publisher: Random House, 1974.

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Reviews about Vegas: A Memoir of a Dark Season (5):
Beazerdred
I read that this is one of the best books on Vegas, but not widely known as such. I checked it out from the library and liked it enough to buy it and add it to my library.

I like the writing a lot. It's Dunne's take on Vegas and is a great example of a writer capturing the spirit of a place and some of the people there.
Vudojar
This was some lame sauce. It was billed elsewhere as one of the quintessential Las Vegas books, but it is really a whiney memoir by an insecure New Yorker. Hardly worth the time to order even a used copy. After 60 pages, I threw it in the trash. Literally.

Buy something interesting or fun instead.
Shadowbourne
"In the summer of my nervous breakdown, I went to live in Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada."

So begins this journalistic, autobiographical novel, memoir, work of fiction. It recounts a summer where the author moves to Las Vegas to re-evaluate.

There he befriends a $10,000 a week stand up comic, a prostitute and a private investigator. Interspersed with his meetings, evenings and days with these three, there are autobiographical reminiscences.

He acts a a pseudo pimp for the hooker, taking her into casinos past security so she can work, gives a breakdown on how the P.I works using a web of contacts throughout the gambling industry, and listens to the comic how he has come up through the ranks working in 'mob' controlled clubs on the east coast

The scenarios are dated, this was published in 1974, but what never dates is Dunne's sparkling, punchy dialogue, he doesn't waste words. This is interesting, not a "True Confessions" which is Dunne's masterpiece but an interesting slice of time and life.
Marad
John Gregory Dunne was one of the best American writers of his time and this book shows his remarkable skills--and his weird and sensitive point of view. and his humor. and his deep, deep appreciation of what it means to live in America.

among other things, it provides unforgettable portraits of a young prostitute, a low-rent P.I. and a comic struggling to get to the top. most of all--and he warns us in the title--the book was his way of dealing with "a mid-life-crisis" or whatever you want to call the darkish moods that motivated him to spend time in vegas and write a book about it.

not for everyone--it is slightly "literary" which accounts for the reviewer who gave it one star. but if it's for you, it's memorable
lets go baby
The obituaries of John Gregory Dunne led me to VEGAS, a fictionalized autobiography that cuts between the author's residence in 1970s Las Vegas and his youth of 20 years earlier in Connecticut. It is a strange book filled with fascinating Vegas characters -- the comic, the bail bondsman, the hooker -- and their back stories, played out against the author's life story and his quest for, what exactly? Well, he lives a disconnected life, and finds meaning in the stories of others, but doesn't want to get too close because that would require an investment in time and care he isn't willing to make. He is a reporter. He is also a brilliant prose stylist, very funny, sharp, with keen observational and descriptive skills. A terrific book.

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