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Looking for Mr. Goodbar (Washington Square Press.) Paperback – October 1, 1997
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Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
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Theresa is still very much the good Catholic girl, however, and she still loves children. Her decision to become an elementary school teacher allows her to temporarily step into the role of "Mother" (nurturer) and "Father" (educator), to be simultaneously the parents she wished she had. It is during her college years that she meets Martin Engle, a sardonic English professor who will have a profound effect on her already shaky self-image. Martin is married, but he is still very much adored by his female students, and he does nothing to overtly discourage them.Read more ›
Looking for Mr. Goodbar was an unconscionably shocking novel when it appeared in 1975. It was still shocking when Richard Brooks turned it into a devastating film featuring rising stars Richard Gere, Tom Berenger, and William Atherton as the three most important men in Diane Keaton's life. Now, here we are thirty years later. The scene Rossner set isn't shocking. But in some ways, her treatment of it is, and this is why Looking for Mr. Goodbar is still in print, three decades after its original release.
Theresa Dunn, we learn on the first page, is dead. She was killed by a guy she picked up in a bar a few hours beforehand (leading to Rex Reed's famous, and utterly inaccurate, statement "this is the story of what happens to Theresa in bars."). We go from police report to said guy's statement, which is equal parts amusing and chilling. Then the rest of the novel's three hundred ninety pages gives us Theresa's story as it leads up to her murder.
Despite Reed's tantalizing review, Theresa Dunn is not the kind of barhopper one might find in a bad seventies softcore movie. In fact, she spends not much time at all in bars themselves. (Mr. Goodbar, the name of the bar where she picks up the guy who kills her, is only mentioned by name twice in Theresa's portion of the story, if I recall correctly.) The novel actually focuses on Theresa's relationships, and how they contribute to the novel's outcome-- first with one of her college professors, and then conflicting, simultaneous relationships with two men, the macho and aggressive Tony and calm, staid James, as Theresa tries to figure out who she really is and what she wants from life.Read more ›
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Saw the movie back in 1977, book first came out 1975. The movie was extremely shocking for it's time, that I remember well, but now that I'm older and I really think about this... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Blondieco
This is a classic piece of American literature for very good reasons. It's well written, yet accessible. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Brian St John
I read this book when it came out when I was in my 20's. I looked at it then as the story of a wild girl during the height of the sexual revolution and rampant drug use. Read morePublished 27 days ago by JS
Read this book many years ago and had forgotten about it until my son's band did a song based on the film which they called L.F.M.G.B.. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. S. Burns
***Review may contain spoilers (though so does the first chapter of the book)***
I saw the ID Channel show "A Crime to Remember" (fantastic show if you like... Read more
This book was trash. This author was obviously extremely prejudiced and a crappy story teller. Hope she asked God to forgive her for her bigoted views before she died in 2005.Published 3 months ago by Maddog Madkins