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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It’s a great story that really zips along.

She didn’t have a maid, she said, so he ought to get her a dining room table. Notify me of new comments via email. But in our uneasy time, when most of us hardly know where we stand, cannot say with confidence whether we are rising or falling, advancing or retreating, whether we are loved or hated, despised or noghtwork, aplomb attains, at least for people like myself, a primary importance.

I kept wondering how it was that Grimes could put such shzw faith into Miles or even Evelyn. Douglas Grimes, penniless ex-pilot, is waiting for the future to start living again. Eventually, Grimes learns he is to be a father from Evelyn Coates, a strong-minded lawyer, with whom he had spent several nights with prior to leaving America.


Fabian recruits him for his latest ploy: Thanks for telling us about the irwon. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

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Nightwork by Irwin Shaw

But what will happen when his bad behavior catches irqin with him? Shaw died in Davos, Switzerland on May 16,aged 71, after undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. Meanwhile, you must read his Paris Review interviews, the first took place in the early fifties, the next in the late seventies. Please provide an email address. Interesting characters only enrich the plot. Open Preview See a Problem? The hero works as the night clerk at a cheap hotel, and one evening discovers that an elderly guest has had a heart attack, leaving a large number of high-denomination bills lying in plain view.

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He was among those who signed a petition asking the U. How would he deal with this much cash? 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.

Sep 13, Allan rated it it was amazing.

Irwin Shaw

In Europe, he meets Miles Fabian, an elegant and erudite con man with a flair for extravagance. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

This was not as successful as the first series. Even then he was perhaps right about young people not really reading, eh? Nov 30, E.


He spent most of his youth in Brooklyn, where he graduated from Brooklyn College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Gathering Up a Few Loose Ends 20 hours ago. Based shqw his experiences in Europe during the war, the novel was very successful and was adapted into a film.

Books by Irwin Shaw. Shaw is on my list of writers I must read.

The book is really amusing and it reminded me of a “Two weeks in another town” by the same author. Jun 07, Lynda rated it it was ok Shelves: To view it, click here. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Shaw’s main themes in “Nightwork” revolve around morality, specifically what things a typically “moral” person might do in order to advance himself financially and socially. 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.

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