(PDF) [A Gambler's Anatomy] ò Jonathan Lethem

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A Gambler's Anatomy Download à 109 D worse returning home To the land of ‘bullying psychosis and bad taste’ otherwise known as contemporary AmericaSpecifically the garish hash smoke streets of Berkeley California Here the unseemly Keith Stolarsky – a childhood friend in possession of an empire of themed burger bars and thrift stores – is king And he’s willing to help Bruno out But there was always going to be a price. Back in the day I read Motherless Brooklyn Jonathan Lethem s brilliant and emotionally resonant noir about a private eye with Tourette s Syndrome I always meant to read by this talented writer but never got around to it So when A Gambler s Anatomy began to be reviewed and I found myself with a copy of it in my hands I was excited to see what Lethem would do with the story of a high stakes backgammon player down on his luckThe book begins brilliantly with Bruno going to Wannsee just outside of Berlin to play backgammon against a man he has been assured will be easy prey Bruno needs the money after the disaster in Singapore he s utterly without resources And those opening chapters are excellent with the small exception of the stereo typical younger and attractive woman who is drawn to the desperate and thread bare Bruno Bruno s descent coincides with a blot in the center of his vision one which reuires him to look at things through the corners of his eyes and may be related to the headaches and other health issues The evening in Wannsee does not go well From this promising beginning A Gambler s Anatomy turns out to be just another WMFuN where the world and especially the women in it exist to spotlight what s happening to the self absorbed main character Add a long stretch of men being interested in their own thought processes than anything around them and the utter relegation of women to helpers and sex and the book ended up being uite a bit less than I had hoped It s stylistically interesting in the way a novel by a prominent white guy who has read everything David Foster Wallace ever wrote usually is but at the expense of any heart whatsoever Also Mr Lethem it s 2016 Women are no longer merely props If you can t write them as people leave them outview spoilerThe all too common White Male Fuck up Novel There are already too many of these hide spoiler

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A Gambler's Anatomy Download à 109 A New York Times top 100 Notable Book of the YearAlexander Bruno is a man with expensive problems Sporting a tuxedo and trotting the globe he has spent his adult life as a professional gambler His particular line of work backgammon at which he extracts large sums of money from men who think they can challenge his peerless acumen In Singapore his luck turned Maybe it had something to do with t. Alexander Bruno is a professional backgammon player After a run of bad luck and a chance encounter with a classmate from high school Alexander leaves Singapore for Berlin where he winds up in the hospital after suffering from a seizure of some kind during a game It seems Bruno has a nearly inoperable tumor and only a doctor in the US can do the operation a doctor that lives near Bruno s former classmateI got this from NetgalleyMy only other exposure to Jonathan Lethem was Gun With Occasional Music When I saw this up on Netgalley I decided to give it a shotA Gambler s Anatomy is a delightfully odd and wonderfully written book Bruno s voyage into self discovery is painful grotesue and somewhat sweet at times Jonathan Lethem is very talented phenomenally so in some instances I caught my mouth watering a few times at his descriptions of food and Bruno s surgery made my face hurt His word play use of allusions and descriptive skills were dead on in this one I have no complaints of any sort about the writingThe characters were uirky but not unrealistically so Stolarsky referring to Bruno as Flashman was pretty accurate since Bruno does a few Flashman style things in this one including not really improving much despite everything he experiencedThe plot was secondary to everything else which is the one ding I ll lay upon the book Bruno was a passive lead for the most part There really wasn t much of a build toward a decisive ending The antagonist just gave up and Bruno wound up back where he started I know the journey is supposed to be important than the destination in most books of this type but it would be nice if the journey wasn t a huge circle Four out of 5 stars

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A Gambler's Anatomy Download à 109 He Blot – a black spot which has emerged to distort Bruno’s vision It’s not showing any signs of going away In fact it’s spreading and as Bruno extends his losing streak in Berlin it becomes clinically clear that the Blot is the symptom of something terrible There’s a surgeon who can help an elite specialist the only one in the world But surgery is going to involve a lot of money an. A strange uniue intellectual novel This my first Jonathan Lethem novel was decidedly interesting yet eclectic It was full of twists turns as well as obscure references to historical literary and film characters I felt that this book was in a genre the opposite of chick lit It seemed geared toward men focused on men devoid of emotion The women in this novel were there ministering to the needs of the men It is about games identity masks power sex Relationships lacked any depth within this strange book which is full of smoke and mirrors self identity crises puppetry and a feeling of unrealityThis is a novel about a handsome backgammon hustler Bruno who helps empty the pockets of the wealthy with the assistance of his handler Falk who arranges these meetings One night in Singapore he encounters a high school acuaintance who takes it upon himself to learn backgammon and challenge Bruno to a match This is about the same time that Bruno notices the blot in his vision Of course blot is also a backgammon term meaning a man exposed by being placed alone on a point and therefore able to be taken by the other player making this a double entendre This is the beginning of Bruno s losing streak and ultimate diagnosis of a facial tumor which is causing the blot in his vision There is a surgeon in San Francisco Noah Behringer who will operate and Stolarsky agrees to pay all costs Thus Bruno penniless and at the mercy of others is brought to Berkley his hometown a place he vowed he would never returnOnce the surgery is completed Bruno feels naked without the blot and reuests a mask This is reminiscent of his last backgammon game during which a young woman serving food came in wearing a mask and was naked from the waist down The gambler felt that he could communicate telepathically earlier in his life and the blot had helped to protect him from this unwanted gift Now that the blot is gone he feels he is exposed again that his telepathy has returned and wants the blot back He feels that he was present during the surgery and remembers all that happened In fact that is the only chapter which is told not from the gambler s perspective but from that of the surgeon almost as if he was inside the surgeon s head at the time of surgery watching it happen a very clever twist of story tellingThe gambler becomes a pawn of Stolarsky s Having no money of his own he is living in an apartment within a building Sturgeon owns He must wear clothing that he purchases at the store Stolarsky owns so ends up dressed in Abide clothing He is told to work at Kropotke s burgers where he is made to wear a burlap mask with a noose around his neck Bruno as a character seems like a pawn in a game other people are controlling either Falk his handler or Stolarsky at this particular interval in his lifeMadchen is a beautiful blond he met on a ferry when he was headed to Berlin She was also the masked woman naked from the waist down who served sandwiches during his backgammon match in Berlin She is the only person who tries to contact him during his time in Berkley as he seems to have no close friends or family When she is flown out by Stolarsky she also becomes another piece in a game that Stolarsky seems to be playing against Bruno and the anarchists with whom Bruno has taken upThis novel is full of double entendres irony wit intellectualism It is enticing thought provoking and strange For those who enjoy this type of novel it will be dearly loved It is definitely not main stream It is off the beaten path odd but brilliantly written Thanks to netgalley and Doubleday books for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest reviewFor discussion uestions please see


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    Summary ñ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Jonathan Lethem (PDF) [A Gambler's Anatomy] ò Jonathan Lethem What is a face? Is it a mass behind which we create an identity? Or is it our actual identity? What happens when the face is radically changed?In “A Gambler’s Anatomy” Alexander Bruno is a professional backgammon player telepathic debonair and mysterious expertly relieving the wealthy and egotistical freuently one and the same of their money Relieving such men of their pretensions Those were Bruno's services We first meet him in Berli

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  • A Gambler's Anatomy
  • Jonathan Lethem
  • English
  • 23 May 2018
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