Tuesday Nights in 1980

Tuesday Nights in 1980

Book - 2016
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Welcome to SoHo at the onset of the eighties: a gritty, not-yet-gentrified playground for artists and writers looking to make it in the big city. Among them: James Bennett, a synesthetic art critic for The New York Times whose unlikely condition enables him to describe art in profound, magical ways, and Raul Engales, an exiled Argentinian painter running from his past and the Dirty War that has enveloped his country. As the two men ascend in the downtown arts scene, dual tragedies strike, and each is faced with a loss that acutely affects his relationship to life and to art. It is not until they are inadvertently brought together by Lucy Olliason-- a small town beauty and Raul's muse-- and a young orphan boy sent mysteriously from Buenos Aires, that James and Raul are able to rediscover some semblance of what they've lost.
Publisher: New York :, Scout Press,, 2016.
Edition: First Scout Press hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781501121043
Branch Call Number: FIC PREN
Characteristics: viii, 321 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 26, 2018

With a predisposition to enjoying stories set in New York City and even moreso, stories that feature young adults in that setting, I was excited to find this book (which now features different cover art than what shows on this page). Did the book deliver? Not entirely but it got me a good part of the way there. An enjoyable read stopping far short of a great read. I was hoping for a novel something like Cat Marnell's memoir(this isn't that), or a wonderful novel I read years ago about the club scene in 1980's NYC. This isn't that either, but I still enjoyed it.

Jul 11, 2016

I've always had a fascination with 1980s NYC. The grittiness of it and the artists who came out of it (many of whom are featured in this book) fueled a life-long desire to live there myself and, to get cliché, "be a part of it." By the time I'd moved there in the mid 2000s, however, a lot of that grittiness was gone. So, I still look for books and movies that will take me back to a time I didn't get to experience- A time when Jean-Michel Basquiat was spray-painting graffiti on subway cars and Madonna was hanging out with Keith Haring.

This book tries to capture that feel, and for the most part, does a decent job of it. The characters are all flawed human beings (many of whom are squatting in an "artist's loft" and making a mess of their lives, but also some decent art) whose lives intersect in some lovely and some tragic ways.

There's something a little flat about this story and the characters, though. I could never truly care about any of them. It lacks depth in places where it feels like it could and should get REALLY DEEP.

Overall, though, it's a quick read about my favorite city during my favorite time; so, I enjoyed it. There are cameos by many artists, some of whom I wasn't familiar with, but thanks to google images and this book, I've found some new favorites.

SPL_Shauna Jul 09, 2016

Readers who loved Rachel Kushner's *The Flamethrowers* for the art, political unrest and the setting (New York's art scene in the 70s/80s) may find lots to love here. While the prose is a bit more descriptive, the ensemble cast and plot twists keep the pace moving well. A wonderful, evocative debut novel.

Jul 06, 2016

This book is a good story with a few twists and turns. I felt that there was a lot of time spent with descriptives and adjectives but decided to stick with it.

I'd only recommend the book to readers very interested in art/art history.

multcolib_darceem Apr 23, 2016

I love reading about the lives of artists and I have a soft spot for the 1980s so I was probably predestined to like this book, but I love LOVED this story, the vivid NY setting and the unique characters so much that as soon as it was over, all I could think to do was to turn back to page 1 and start again.


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