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This review is from: Last Night at the Lobster (Hardcover)
No, this is not a sequel to The Old Man and the Sea, though the idea is charming. We are entirely landlocked and the hero is, from my perspective, more of a young man. And there is no shark around, the corporate office is scared away by the blizzard.
What it is, is a case study in leadership in adversity: the owners ('corporate'!) (I wouldn't dare say anything bad about them, just on the off risk that someone there is actually literate!) have decided to close down the Red Lobster in New Britain, presumably the numbers were not good enough (though just as likely some schoolboy bean counter needed to prove his sharpness).
The manager, Manny, has to run it till closing time on the last day, in the middle of a blizzard, and with only 4 of the staff, in addition to Manny, being given a job elsewhere next week. So why should they bother to show up at all? Exactly Manny's problem. And once they have come, how to make them stay? And how to handle his failed love story with the waitress that he wanted to keep, but who doesn't want to be kept?
A brillant, lean and efficient short novel or long story taken out of the heart of work life. This is it, folks, that's the way life is run.
Even a thriller in a way, though we have to settle for petty theft and petty vandalism.
The man has been translated into German, and has had good reviews there, but since I don't like to read translations, I had to wait for an AF to tell me to read this. Thanks to her!
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Initial post: Apr 28, 2008 7:33:34 AM PDT
Douglas S. Wood says:
Hermit, good job and yet another new author for me.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2008 8:15:00 AM PDT
Caesar M. Warrington says:
I agree with Douglas, you sure know how to get your AFs' attention and turn us on to authors we otherwise would overlook. Thanks.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2008 8:25:25 AM PDT
Andre 2015 says:
Great book - love it! Good review too. Was it Linda who reviewed this one earlier, don't remember. Anyway, good you bring it up again. I can only repeat myself, a great book!!!
Posted on Apr 28, 2008 9:28:22 AM PDT
Linda Bulger says:
HA! I thought you'd like it, Helmut. Yes, I reviewed this a few weeks ago. O'Nan, who was new to me, is building a reputation as novelist of the working class and actually worked at a Red Lobster as research.
There was a lot to remember in this little book, and that comes through in your review.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2008 1:42:25 PM PDT
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Posted on Apr 28, 2008 11:09:10 PM PDT
Linda, I am sorry I didn't order this when you reviewed it, but I think I may now.
Sounds as if it's a great book. Thank you, Helmut~
Posted on Apr 30, 2008 12:18:11 AM PDT
Peyman ADLDOUSTI says:
Posted on May 1, 2008 9:47:05 AM PDT
Betty L. Dravis says:
Oh, I remember when LINDA reviewed this book. I thought about getting it then, but now that two of my AFs have truly enjoyed it, it's a MUST have. I enjoy stories about real-life people. Thanks for another stellar review, HELMUT!
In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2008 11:03:56 AM PDT
James E. Egolf says:
The review and questions should entice readers.
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