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Unlubricated: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, September 28, 2004
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“[Nersesian] knows his territory intimately and paces the escalating chaos with a precision that would do Wodehouse proud.” (Time Out New York )
“Nersesian makes us eager to see what happens when the curtain finally rises.” (New York Times Book Review )
“A pitch-perfect approximation of the New York artistic life.” (Entertainment Weekly )
Top Customer Reviews
This novel was like his others in that it was a fantastic read, had well developed characters, dynamic in that Nersesian has given them an original personality with their own original drives and personalties; and yet they are people we identify with because we know or have known them in life. Nersesian has once again put us in the life of a starving artist in New York. Instead of the art world of New York coupled with the life of living out of a van in Chinese Take Out, we follow an actress/producer through the world of just what actresses will do to be casted and also what writers are sometimes forced to do just to be published coupled with eviction court and just how hard it is to find a reasonable living arrangement. The naivety of the publisher and also the writer coupled with their strong New York street smarts creates a powerful dichotomy that seems to mirror the confusion and horror of the backdrop of this novel: New York city late 2001. Arthur Nersesian shines here as well as he deals this dark hour in our American history and of course in the history of New York City. As I saw the unbelieveably surreal horror that was September eleventh unfold again before me through the eyes of a New Yorker I began to empathize with the people that have had their lives and their homes changed forever. I also sweel with pride now when I put on my I "heart" New York shirt...through Nersesians writings I have truly developed a love for the city and also understand what makes the citizens so strong and special.
With lots of details to the ins & outs of producing a theatrical play and narrated by a robustly focused female protagonist voice, "Unlubricated" starts off with a stiff pain that grows a bit soar, eventually coming to an intense, slippery and messy end.
The great thing about Arthur Nersesian's work is that he knows the downtown New York scene and he's able to portray it in every detail: the chic shops and restaurants, the little corner delis, the cobblestoned streets, the drunks spilling out on the streets late at night: it's all there. And he conjures up believable characters, messy mixes of ambition, talent, vanity and odd personal weaknesses. From this hothouse world of conflicting desires and personalities, Nersesian has a gift for telling his story in an hilarious but dead-on way. There were many scenes that were just laugh-out loud funny, but wholly credible. There were some things I didn't love about this novel: the ending seemed a little tacked on, and although the events of 9/11 play a role in the story, I found some of the description of the events of the day extraneous. I don't doubt that 9/11 moved Nersesian, as it did anybody who was there that day, but it felt like an unnecessary back-story. But overall it was a fast-paced and very enjoyable novel.
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Nersesian's style is just amazing. I Columbused him with THE FUCK-UP and I've been a fan ever since. You'll not be disappointed with this one.Published 5 months ago by Ronnie Gonzalez
The book was in perfect condition. I would have prefered the item arrive early, as other amazon items usually do, but it arrived on time so I can't complain too much.Published on March 22, 2010 by Penelope F.