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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There are lots of personal reasons for my declining shae take my nose out of this over the couple of days it took to read. Much of it takes place in Switzerland, where I live.

The main character other than the narrator is a hustler, and that includes bridge, my game. Reading of his exploits gambling with the wealthy patrons of the ski resorts made me recall the trip I once made to St Moritz looking for a big bridge game. Little did we know that everything closes down in summer. Fabian, the hustler, totally rings true.

The story hinges on lost luggage zhaw how I associated with that after an identical mixup earlier this year where somebody took our luggage of the same brand. As wiki puts it: Well, a writer is a human being. He has nghtwork live with a sense of honor. I know that the romantic idea is that everybody around a writer must suffer for his talent.

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He may have to make some compromises. I daresay Shaw was not alone in this experience. It comes through in Nighwork that Shaw is a great reader, so the following exchange comes as no surprise:. Why do writers protest so much that writing is no fun at all; why do they complain about the agonies of creation? What do they do it for, then?

Writing is like a contact sport, like football. Why do kids play football?

Writing is like that. You can get hurt, but you enjoy it. I hope you can read the following — you can click on them for a larger image. It is Shaw writing about the privileged nature of the young writers now, how they play at being poor, while in the days of his youth they really were grindingly, all but soul-destroyingly poor. Shaw is on my list of writers I must read.

Nightwork by Irwin Shaw

Or was, until he became popular, at any rate. Meanwhile, you must read his Paris Review interviews, the first took place in the nughtwork fifties, the next in the late seventies. They are fascinating, opinionated and always educational. Finally, there is much to look at the Irwin Shaw site.

Even then he was perhaps right about young people not really reading, eh? You are shqw using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.

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Irwin Shaw was born to irwln a writer, but he had a strong opinion on what that meant: SHAW Well, a writer is a human being. It comes through in Nighwork that Shaw is a great reader, so the following exchange comes as no surprise: Shaw talks about young writers Shaw on young writers continued Shaw on young writers continued Shaw is on my list of writers Nighrwork must read.

Twitter Facebook Email Google. All I was thinking about was the luggage. I had no idea that Shaw was such an interesting person….

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