Si spengono le luci

Si spengono le luci Brightness Falls is the story of Russell and Corrine Calloway Set against the world of New York publishing McInerney provides a stunningly accomplished portrayal of people contending with early succe

  • Title: Si spengono le luci
  • Author: Jay McInerney Stefania Bertola
  • ISBN: 9788845219245
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Brightness Falls is the story of Russell and Corrine Calloway Set against the world of New York publishing, McInerney provides a stunningly accomplished portrayal of people contending with early success, then getting lost in the middle of their lives.

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    1. Brightness Falls is a great American novel, which owes a great deal to F. Scott Fitzgerald and his Gatsby. At times, it seems as if McInerney wants to re-tell the Gatsby tale on Wall Street during the Crash of '87. McInerney's Nick Carraway is, after all, Crash Galloway. However, the meaning of this novel transcends this decade and its hideous "greed is good" mantra: it's not simply a "period piece." The story is about the mad pursuit of wealth, the shallowness of the great Faustian trade and th [...]

    2. Have you ever attended a long cocktail party at an elegant hotel with crowds of well dressed people chattering while a piano player provides background music and after the ball is over find yourself at home with the vague impression that you have not actually been anywhere? If so, you have a good idea of what this book is about.Jay McInerney enjoyed some acclaim for "Bright Lights, Big City," but this effort is eminently forgettable. It is well written, mildly humorous at times but ultimately in [...]

    3. this reminded me of how "the beautiful and damned" is technically better than "the great gatsby" but not as well-known. this is better than "bright lights, big city."

    4. Found this in the laundry room. I don't want any giddy expectations to get in the way of an eventual critical response, but in the early going, it's already showing signs : this one looks like it might have "dumpster" written all over it

    5. As a sucker for anything '80s and culture-industries in general, a novel about hostile takeover drama in the publishing world? Done, sign me up.

    6. Dans les années 80, à Manhattan, Russel et Corinne forme un couple modèle, envié par tous leurs amis. Lui est éditeur chez Corbin, Dern & Cie, elle est courtière en bourse et est bénévole dans une association d’aide aux démunis. Ils ont trente ans, ils s’aiment et ont l’avenir devant eux, ils s’amusent dans toutes les fêtes où il faut être vu, écument les vernissages et les cocktails. Pourtant, chacun commence à ressentir une insatisfaction, un manque dans sa vie. Russe [...]

    7. From the doldrums of his rehab facility, Jeff Pierce, the party boy novelist reflects "begin with an individual and you'll find you've got nothing but ambiguity and compassion; if you intend violence, stick with type." He is referring to his best friends, Corrine and Russell, the perfect power couple, or so it seems. Thirty-one and together since college, they are the stabilizing force for their group of friends who are still navigating the Bacchanalian frontier that is New York of 1987.McInerne [...]

    8. Brightness Falls -- what an appropriate title. How could McInerney have gone from Bright Lights, a narrative tour de force, to this sprawling, turgid mess? Occasional sharp turns of phrase remind us of what he can do, but they're lost among excruciating passages of (sometimes repetitive) exposition and a narrative voice that's often too distant and disengaged. That distance comes from ambition: McInerney has set up too many threads and doesn't have space to tie them all together convincingly.Som [...]

    9. Possibly my favorite book from the entire literary brat pack canon, this book goes beyond New England undergrads in orgies of blow and manages to fully explore the relationship of a Manhattan power couple. The novel opens on a storybook marriage between Corrine and Russell with Russell on the cusp of becoming head editor of a large publishing house, replete with coke fueled parties filled with models and the life of the jet set. Everything crashes down at once: the stock market crashes, Russell [...]

    10. Holy shit this book was good. I decided recently that because it is possible to read all of McInerney's fiction in a month that one should do so. This whole book really rocked. I like the characters and the arc. I've said this before but a few years ago McInerney seemed dated, but now it's more like his eighties books are a perfect time capsule of a forgotten era that came on the heels of a depressed, near bankrupt 70s. I turned the last page and immediately went on to read his next and then ord [...]

    11. Cuando empecé a leer este libro supe que se iba a convertir inmediatamente en uno de mis libros favoritos. Es un libro maravilloso, que te engancha al instante y vives lo que viven los protagonistas. Las ultimas 100 paginas son un horror, en el buen sentido y la forma de escribir del autor es increible. Que ganas de que saquen las continuaciones de este libro y poder ver que ha ocurrido en la vida de Russell y Corrine.

    12. Though the story may be dated, mired as it is in the M&A craze of the late '80s, this is one of the few books I've desired to go back to and re-read. I remember getting to a critical part on an airplane and not realizing I was sobbing until the elderly lady next to me offered a tissue. Truly a moving story about characters you hate, but still care about.

    13. A passage to adulthood tale set in '80s New York. Loved the writing - clever and pretty. My review here: happysmalltalk/201

    14. A+ Fantastic story of two couples and their love, affairs, and complications in NYC--the kind of book that takes you over

    15. I could read this book a hundred times. I may already have; I don't know why, maybe child of the 80s mentality. I just love it.

    16. The first in what became (at least so far) a trilogy of zeitgeist novels about fashionable and affluent New York art (particularly literary) and financial (particularly investment banking) circles at the time of crises impacting on New York: the 1987 crash, Aids (both in this book, September 11th (The Good Life), 2008 global financial crisis (Bright, Precious Days).The key protagonists in the book are Corrine and Russell Calloway, both attractive and married young they are seen by their friends [...]

    17. Flawed "Falls" Feels Flat Brightness Falls feels like a novel it's author, Jay McInerney, considers his most mature work to date. Going out of his way to sound like a grown-up, his prose is all but indecipherable. Seemingly going on forever, his sentences consist of too many thirty-cent words, the likes of which a child might memorize right before taking his seat at the adults' table. I constantly had to go back and re-read entire paragraphs just to figure out what simple action or description h [...]

    18. Jay McInerney has an undeniable talent with wording, not so much in terms of descriptive flair as a clever turn of phrase. There is a machine-gun wit to Bright Lights, Big City that integrates with the setting, characters, and POV to form an enjoyable, fitting tone. That wit is still demonstrated in Brightness Falls, but to me, it doesn't reach the same heights of cohesive observational humor embraced in Bright Lights. I've tried to evaluate this is fair terms, not to make the same mistake I bel [...]

    19. Revising an MS, I felt the need of some whip-smart prose to keep me up to the mark, and there are few more accomplished stylists in modern fiction than Jay McInerney. Recently I enjoyed The Good Life, McInerney’s take on 9/11, so I thought I’d revisit Brightness Falls, his take on the ’87 stock market crash, which I read when it was published back in the nineties, and which features many of the same fictional characters earlier in their careers. And what an upbeat virtuosic ride it was, ag [...]

    20. For readers indisposed to hate New Yorkers, McInerney builds you a monument of encouragement. He celebrates such a cast of corrosive and privileged monsters, only an ash of redemption remains by the last chapter--and only for the city, itself. Greedy yuppies suffer too? Maybe. But to endure so many shopping trips, angsty temper-tantrums over social engagements, so much infidelity and character assassination based on income, designer labels, etc. is to find no sympathy, no tragedy, and no heart b [...]

    21. Four stars for the first 200 pages of Brightness Falls. Great, but not quite up to McInerney's Bright Lights, Big City standards. Two stars for the mind-numbing, over-reaching, name-dropping middle hundred-or-so pages, during which I almost threw in the towel. Then perhaps a touch more twinkle than 4, for the final, sobering, sweetly crashing 14 chapters. Given my questionable math skills, along with a self-diagnosed Freudian aversion to thirds, let's round it off here to three-and-a-half stars. [...]

    22. 3.5 Stars. I read the third book in this series first, Bright Precious Days and really enjoyed it and liked both characters Russell and Corrine. But I didn’t like them at all initially in this first book and found it moved too slow. I almost gave up on it, but decided to finish it and was really glad that I did. It got much better by the end and both of them redeemed themselves to me.

    23. Probably the best of his "Bright" trilogy on Russell and Corrine Calloway and their glittering/dark Manhattan lives. I feel like I know Russell and Corrine so well I should invite them over for a drink. Or better yet crash their party in NYC.

    24. It never fails to entertain and cut to the heart of human nature. McInerney describes the depths of emotion in different relationships with a host of believable and tragic characters. His wit and observations are stand out in this particular book.

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