Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey

By James Frey

Essentially the most celebrated and debatable authors in the US promises his first novel--a sweeping chronicle of up to date l. a. that's daring, exhilarating, and totally original.

Dozens of characters go around the reader's sight lines--some by no means to be noticeable again--but James Frey lingers on a handful of LA's misplaced souls and captures the dramatic narrative in their lives: a vivid, bold younger Mexican-American lady who permits her destiny to be undone via a second of searing humiliation; a supremely narcissistic action-movie big name whose ardour for the inconceivable item of his affection approximately destroys him; a pair, either nineteen years outdated, who flee their suffocating place of birth and fight to outlive at the fringes of the nice urban; and an getting older Venice seashore alcoholic whose existence is became the other way up while a meth-addled teenage lady indicates up half-dead outdoor the restroom he calls home.

Throughout this strikingly robust novel there's the relentless drumbeat of the thousands of different tales that, taken as an entire, describe a urban, a tradition, and an age. a blinding travel de strength, Bright glossy Morning illuminates the fun, horrors, and unforeseen fortunes of existence and dying in la.

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11] OF THE DEAD SO MUCH LESS IS EXPECTED How delightful it would be to lie in bed and think of nothing But how cool the sheets are and how hot it must be outdoors This morning, the sky, loud-blue and cloudless, the sun now Fully up. I only wish I could stop feeling sorry for the birds. Not one decent splay of shade is there beneath these AugustWalloped trees—the birdbath: choked-out, cracked, a-wreck With weeds— I think I read somewhere that certain Birds prefer a dust bath, but that seems a wretched comfort On a day like this is shaping up to be; listen: the wind’s not Even moving the leaves around; the grass is growing brittle, Giving up its green.

13] M E D I TAT I O N O N R U I N It’s not the lost lover that brings us to ruin, or the barroom brawl, or the con game gone bad, or the beating Taken in the alleyway. But the lost car keys, The broken shoelace, The overcharge at the gas pump Which we broach without comment—these are the things that eat away at life, these constant vibrations In the web of the unremarkable. The death of a father—the death of the mother— The sudden loss shocks the living flesh alive! But the broken pair of glasses, The tear in the trousers, These begin an ache behind the eyes.

It bleats and groans. Its stomach growls— The rookery islands and the mangrove strands, The mossy hummocks and the season beaches, Echo at all hours with the roiling, Mad cacophonies of that longing. [33] 4 The Courtyard Sitting in this courtyard, thinking of the bird That was trapped here and the woman in red, Listening to the tree frogs wring their rubber tongues in the moist air, breathing deep the heaving-green Smell of the peat moss and the palm trees, watching the leaves of the mangos and the limes, the guavas, Tremble, grow still—tremble and grow still— You know what I long for?

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