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Pal Joey (Film Ink) by John O'Hara

Pal Joey (Film Ink) (edition 1999)

by John O'Hara, Matthew J. Bruccoli (Introduction)

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Title:Pal Joey (Film Ink)
Authors:John O'Hara
Other authors:Matthew J. Bruccoli (Introduction)
Info:Firebird Distributing (1999), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 120 pages
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Pal Joey by John O'Hara



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Odd little book, a-la 'Color Purple'......the entire book is a series of letters from a lower-tier crooner in the 1930's and 40's struggling to keep his head above water in night clubs to a very successful band leader telling of his escapades and constantly trying to convince that all is well and justify his existence, when in fact, he's just a bit of a schmuck with very little hope of success. Very cleverly done in that the letters are remarkably revealing as to Joey's character. I did find it a little tedious in the some of the story lines which were pointless....but i think that was the point. Poor Ted, the recipient of these letters, probably had to just roll his eyes and sigh like i did through some of them. Neat little exercise revealing quite clearly one of the more pathetic amongst us, but i was not wowed. ( )
  jeffome | May 8, 2011 |
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On the seedy side of Chicago nightlife in the 1930s, Joey Evans is a poor man's Bing Crosby--a big-talking, small-time nightclub crooner down on his luck but always on the make. In slangy, error-littered letters signed "Pal Joey," he recounts his exploits with brash nightclub managers, shady business partners, and every pretty girl ("mouse") he meets. Charismatic yet conniving, Pal Joey is a smooth operator whose bravado and big ideas disguise a far less self-assured soul, caught up in the rags-to-riches dream of the Jazz Age.… (more)

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