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Gangster fiction to feast on. * Independent * Bourdain's dialogue-driven action proves completely absorbing ... Like a good meal, the memory of Gone Bamboo will linger on. * The List * A slick, very funny, brilliantly written crime thriller, very much in the style of the superb Carl Hiassen, Gone Bamboo is one of the essential reads of the year. * GO * Reads like Carl Hiaasen on holiday with Elmore Leonard and goes out with a bang like a tequila slammer. * The Times *

About the Author

Anthony Bourdain is the author of Bone in the Throat, Gone Bamboo, and the non-fiction memoir/deranged rant, Kitchen Confidential. He has been a professional chef for over two decades. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Times, The Observer, Scotland on Sunday, The Face, Limb by Limb, Black Book and The Independent. He is a contributing authority for Food Arts magazine. He lives in New York City with his wife, Nancy.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Crime (September 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184195327X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841953274
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,421,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bobby Gold (also know as The Bobby Gold Stories) is a wonderful, hysterically funny novel about the title character, an unlikely mobster who wants to make a big change in his life. Unlike some people, I was not expecting this to be like Bourdain's other work because this book is clearly a work of fiction. His most famous works- Kitchen Confidential, A Cook's Tour, The Nasty Bits- are non-fiction books about Bourdain's life as a chef and a traveler with a wicked sense of humor. The humor is retained in Bobby Gold & Bourdain proves that he can create realistic characters and make the reader care about them.

The only thing that disappointed me a little was the length. It's more like a novella than a full-fledged novel- my copy runs only 176 pages. On the other hand, this is sort of a nice change from some of the thrillers I've read lately. I swear that some of those authors must be getting paid by the pound- my arms ache after hours of reading them. Bobby Gold can be read in one night. It's light and fun and I highly recommend it, especially to fans of Anthony Bourdain's other work.
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I enjoyed this book as I did "Gone Bamboo" and "Bone in the Throat". So what if it was shorter?
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By A Customer on July 25, 2003
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I thought kitchen Confidential was a groundbreaking book, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and was looking forward to more of the same with Bobby Gold.
Let's get straight to the point. It's alwful, the only good thing about it is that it takes half an hour to read. It's repetive, predictive and if I ever hear the phrase "apropo nothing" again (it's in the book at least 4 times), I will fillet Mr. Bourdain with his own knife.
I knew it was going to be bad when there are glowing reviews for other books on this book's cover.
Let's hope for some more non-fiction like Kitchen Confidential.
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Purchased as a gift for my husband and since I bought 6 books at the same time he hasn't had a chance to read this one along with others. He's on his first book right now.
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