New York Times Bestseller: The story of a down-on-his-luck desk clerk, a con man, and a fortune from the author of Rich Man, Poor Man. Pilot Douglas Grimes’s. Irwin Shaw (February 27, – May 16, ) was an American playwright, screenwriter, . (). “Book Review: Nightwork, by Irwin Shaw ()”. There are lots of personal reasons for my declining to take my nose out of this over the couple of days it took to read. Much of it takes place in.

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His plans got destroyed as his suitcase gets in the hands of the other man. He later claimed that the blacklist “only glancingly bruised” his career. Jul 24, Sergey Tomson rated it it was amazing.

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He recaptured this period of his life in his short story “Main Currents of American Thought,” about a hack radio writer grinding out one script after another while calculating the number of words equal to the rent money:. Retrieved January 15, So he knew what he was talking about, mentioning Nightwkrk, St.

All I shaq thinking about was the luggage. View all 8 comments. Grimes takes the money and the opportunity to begin anew in Europe.

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He moves to New York where he spends most of his time gambling and reading the Bible. I read this years ago but only bits of the plot stayed with me. nightwok

But his fortune flips when he discovers a hotel guest dead from a heart attack and, next to him, a tube jammed with hundred-dollar bills. Th The story of a grounded pilot, down in his luck, who is working as a night clerk at a run-down hotel. Once he arrives in Switzerland, he takes his luggage to a hotel only to discover that he has picked up the wrong bag. Moritz and shady art deals, investing in thoroughbreds and arty porn films, Fabian lays out a philosophy mercenary in its logic: Sep 13, Allan rated it it was amazing.

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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: He served with an Army documentary film unit. Nov 20, Allison marked it as to-read Shelves: Shaw takes our hero on a quest covering everything from jet setting travel, chalets in Europe, 5 star hotels, love, romance, sex, gambling, and “the high life” as he knows it.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. While Shaw irwim been criticized shaww not being the literary lion he was projected to after his great work, The Young Lions, he continued to write terrific stories. Fabian, the hustler, here are lots of personal reasons for my declining to take my nose out of this over the couple of days it took to read. To ask other readers questions about Nightworkplease sign up. But his fortune flips when he discovers a guest dead from a heart attack and, next to him, a tube jammed with a fortune in cold hard cash.

Not nearly as compelling as some nnightwork Shaw’s other work, but still a fun read, that gives the reader some things to consider. Posted by Vince at 3: The story hinges on lost luggage and how I associated with that after an identical mixup earlier this year where somebody took our luggage of the same brand.

One night a dead body and a wad of cash come his way. Jun 21, Ellen J. The rest of the book follows his travels to Switzerland–many good meals and bottles of wine. Take One False StepUniversal, The main character other than the narrator is a hustler, and that includes bridge, my game.

Jun 20, Mr. Everyone seems to love this book, but, as my sister will tell you, this book got launched across the living room in disappointment as I read the final words. View my complete profile. To get the most pleasure out of money, it is best not to have to think about it most of the time. Return to Book Page.

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As far as I could ever see, the people who avoided being victims had at least one thing in common. Douglas grabs the money and, with it, the chance to remake his life. The story hinges on lost luggage and how I associated with that after an nigtwork mixup earlier this year where somebody took our luggage of the same brand.

Would say is good for young people seeking only to have a good time evading whatever their reality may be. His mother had always wanted a good dining-room table. He had plenty of money in his wallet, but when Douglas Grimes went to see what happened while working nightworo in a cheap hotel, he found more than he bargained for.

He spent most of his youth in Brooklyn, where he graduated from Brooklyn College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in The man finds a hundred thousand bucks–in the early 70s, so it was more like nifhtwork million, I guess–on a dead guy in a hotel where he works. Moritz to the Plaza Athenee in Paris–with a battle-scarred, dishonest confidence man of great likability, Miles Fabian by name, and Douglas Grimes, a former charter pilot.

How would he deal with this much cash? Email Address never made public. Nightwork by Irwin Shaw.