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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But Grimes is no Tom Ripley.

Nightwork by Irwin Shaw

The main character other than the narrator is a hustler, and that includes bridge, my game. Frankly, I’m surprised it was never made into a film.

I felt like I was reading another book this time around. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Fabian recruits him for his latest ploy: In case you’re also wondering, let me state plainly that I don’t have the faintest idea. Irwin Shaw was born to be a writer, but he had a strong opinion on what that meant: His younger brother, David Shaw, became a noted Hollywood producer and writer.

Why do kids play football? His manner of writing is pleasant and enjoyable. That apparent effortlessness only makes the cynicism at its core more chilling and, if anything, more relevant. A good, not great, mystery story.


Although the plot sounds lame, the story is well-written, the characters thoroughly developed, and there is enough action to keep the reader interested.

The hero is relatable, and seemingly “stuck”, and then his life undergoes a series of transformations which we have a first row seat to as the readers.

There were times, reading it, that I felt Shaw’s lead, Douglas Grimes, was a bit sbaw, overall, I don’t think he’s nearly as fun to follow as the leads in some of Shaw’s other books, like “Rich Man, Poor Man” or “Evening in Byzantium”–but there are iwin where I got very involved in the moral dilemmas going through his mind. One night, Grimes and Fabian are driving home an intoxicated pornographic actress, whose first film they had invested in, when they are held up by two men with guns.

Shaw is on my list of writers I must read. Nightwork’s all play for big stakes of one kind or another.

I daresay Shaw was not alone in this experience. Jun 21, Ellen J.

Irwin Shaw

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So he accepts that incoming coincidence in St. My intention has always been to try to avoid joining the ranks of the victims. Shaw died in Davos, Switzerland on May 16,aged 71, after undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. Nov 15, Mark R. 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:.


This was not as successful as the first series. Jan 29, Jeff Cohen rated it it was amazing. This Angry AgeColumbia, Jun 26, George Hahn rated it liked it. Sep sjaw, Allan rated it it was amazing. To ask other readers questions about Nightworkplease sign up.

I often feel that many of the books I read could have accomplished the same if they were shorter. While Shaw has been criticized for not being the literary lion nightwkrk was projected to after his great work, The Young Lions, he continued to write terrific stories.


But, anyway, you can maybe interpret Luke Email Address never made public. Brand new in audio! His mother had always wanted a good dining-room table. Eventually, Grimes learns he is to be a father from Evelyn Coates, a strong-minded lawyer, with whom he had spent several nights with prior to leaving America. Army and was a warrant officer during World War II.