Bright Lights, Big City

 

"It’s 6 A.M. Do you know where you are?" - This is how Bright Lights Big City, Jay McInerney’s first and most successful novel, begins.The progatonist, a 24-year-old writer who remains nameless throughout the entire story, has been left by his wife Amanda and finds himself using cocaine and clubbing every night. Written from the second-person point-of-view, McInerney creatively introduces a self-distructive and hopeless character. As the author himself stated, he did not want his piece of work to be read and interpreted as a guide to New York’s night life or the world of fashion, but rather as a portrait of the main charcater being harsh and ignorant towards the nice people he meets. He does not spend his time in any other way than going out, snorting cocaine and obsessing over his ex-wife’s belongings around the house since he refuses to see that she has left him for another man ...

 

This book is about being lost and finding a way back to life, society and philantropy while loosing oneself in drugs, clubs and bright lights, big city. (Nicole Pop, 8a)