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by Bruce Jay Friedman

eBook Violencia!: A Musical Novel download ISBN: 0802138756
Author: Bruce Jay Friedman
Publisher: Grove Press; 1st edition (January 9, 2002)
Language: English
Pages: 224
ePub: 1136 kb
Fb2: 1157 kb
Rating: 4.7
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Category: Humour
Subcategory: Humor

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Bruce Jay Friedman (born April 26, 1930, New York, New York) is an American novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and actor. Friedman was born to a Jewish family and raised in the Bronx, the son of Irving and Mollie (Liebowitz) Friedman

Bruce Jay Friedman (born April 26, 1930, New York, New York) is an American novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and actor. Friedman was born to a Jewish family and raised in the Bronx, the son of Irving and Mollie (Liebowitz) Friedman. He graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School. In 1954, Friedman worked for many of the era's famous men's magazines through Magazine Management Company.

Bruce Jay Friedman lives in New York City. A novelist, short story writer, playwright, memoirist, and screenwriter, he is the author of nineteen books, including Stern (1962), A Mother’s Kisses (1964), The Lonely Guy’s Book of Life (1978), and Lucky Bruce: A Literary Memoir (2011). His best-known works of stage and screen include the off-Broadway hit Steambath (1970) and the screenplays for Stir Crazy (1980) and Splash (1984), the latter of which received an Academy Award nomination.

Bruce Jay Friedman is the reigning don of the ironic comic novel, a man of whom The New York Times has written, His writing is so funny - and deceptively. Bruce Jay Friedman is the reigning don of the ironic comic novel, a man of whom The New York Times has written, "His writing is so funny - and deceptively effortless - critics often liken it to a stand-up comedy routine. Now he triumphantly returns to the form with Violencia!, a crackling satire of show-business pomposity, flimflam, and dreck in the spirit of Mel Brooks's The Producers.

Bruce Jay Friedman is the reigning don of the ironic comic novel, a man of whom The New York Times has written, His writing is so funny - and deceptively effortless - critics often liken it to a stand-up comedy routine.

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Bruce Jay Friedman’s twisted take on the cop novel is a hilarious, mordant, and wildly inventive portrait of a man daring to succeed in a world that has always expected him to fail. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Bruce Jay Friedman including rare photos from the author’s personal collection. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Publisher: Open Road MediaReleased: Sep 29, 2015ISBN: 9781504019552Format: book. carousel previous carousel next.

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Bruce Jay Friedman is the reigning don of the ironic comic novel, a man of whom The New York Times has written, "His writing is so funny - and deceptively effortless - critics often liken it to a stand-up comedy routine.

Bruce Jay Friedman is the reigning don of the ironic comic novel, a man of whom The New York Times has written, "His writing is so funny -- and deceptively effortless -- critics often liken it to a stand-up comedy routine." Now he triumphantly returns to the form with Violencia!, a crackling satire of show-business pomposity, flimflam, and dreck in the spirit of Mel Brooks's The Producers. Paul Gurney is a struggling civilian clerk working the desk at a major New York homicide precinct who runs a department newsletter, The Homicider, that covers the goings-on at the precinct, dispenses advice, and disseminates interoffice gossip. But Gurney is newly divorced and dissatisfied, and abruptly decides to retire from the force, not knowing exactly what he'll do next. When he meets a shady Broadway impresario who wants to create a stage musical from his newsletter, he soon finds himself plunging headlong into the world of actors, agents, singers, songwriters, hacks, hams, and con artists. As the show Violencia! moves from rounds of financing from suspect sources to questionable casting calls to a disastrous out-of-town opening (at each stage getting progressively -- and hilariously -- worse and worse), Gurney enjoys the high living, romantic flings, and glamour of the entertainment industry. But he also comes to realize that show people aren't that different from other people he already knows: the thugs, lowlifes, and cutthroats he's encountered during his career on the homicide squad. Packed with unforgettably reprehensible characters, unimaginably turgid lyrics, and unimpeachably funny dialogue, Bruce Jay Friedman's Violencia! is a sidesplitting farce about the dark underbelly of the Great White Way.
Comments: (3)
Lestony
Paul Gurney, Bruce Jay Friedman's protagonist in his comic novel Violencia, torn by his recent divorce and suffering from a mid-life crisis of sorts quits his day job as clerk for the New York Homicide department and editor of a homicide newsletter. While adrift in his search for himself and a new job, Paul is recruited to write a musical play about a homicide department. Norman Welles, a composer who has read Gurney's newsletter feels he will be the perfect author of such a play. Gurney lets himself be convinced and he is off on his quest for fame and fortune along Broadway.
Gurney who is a novice, fits easily into the role of although he is rudderless and easily mislead. He quickly finds himself surrounded by strange and interesting characters, and quite at home with them. There is Norman Welles a composer who seems to think that an opening number for a homicide movie should be a light romantic number which is about Paris in the off-season. Gurney's personal hero is director Clement Hartog who comes with the extra baggage of a mother who must be in each of his plays. Essie Hartog, Clement's mother an aging star who performs all of her roles on stilts will play the detective bureau chief. Then there is the unlucky producer Undertag who has never had a successful Broadway play. It makes perfect sense that Gurney will fit right in with them.
The descriptions of the behind the scenes work on the play are intriguing. Of special interest is the passages about the songs which Welles had ineptly prepared for the musical. Odd scenes as restaurant odors offending playgoers, dancers on stilts and telegrams from the dead add to the humor of the novel.
Friedman has a talent for creating strange characters, and amusing situations while providing commentary on philosophy and life. Paul Gurney, who begins working on the play directionless and insecure seems to gain perspective and confidence working on a project which seems doomed from the start. This is not a novel of great depth nor was it meant to be. It certainly is an amusing way to spend an afternoon. I have only one question, where is the CD?
Moonworm
This one is a lot of fun, and Friedman knows whereof he writes. He was involved with the production of a failed musical and has managed to transform that disastrous experience into a gripping and hilarious novel.
Burilar
I'm not sure if I'm supposed to know the author Bruce Jay Friedman. Friedman, now in his 80s, over decades has written a bunch of novels I never read, some off-broadway plays I never heard of, and the screenplays for movies made in the 1980s I couldn't care less about, e.g. Stir Crazy, Doctor Detroit, Splash. If Friedman is a famous author I gather it's because he's supposed to be a master wit in hysterical fiction. Hysterical is a pretty good word for describing the mania of Violencia! A retired police precinct clerk is recruited to write the libretto for Violencia!, a Broadway musical based on gritty experiences observed in the crime fighting world. Despite knowing nothing about writing a musical and being a rather ordinary man, the clerk unwittingly becomes a swiveling node for the novel's cast of neurotic producers, composers and theatre actors. They all see the dull clerk as an embassy for their vanities, character flaws, and harebrained ideas about art and audience. Violencia! follows the attempt to put on a big musical from it's distasteful concept, to dishonest financing scheme, to pointless and vulgar production numbers, and then to calamitous road tryouts. The novel is intended as a satire on the affectations of backstage Broadway. Situations and characters in this book are clever I have to admit, but satirical comedy like this too often proceeds plausibility: the fatigued composer returns energized after vacationing in less than a day's travel from New York to PuertaVallarta, no-nothing producers with hundreds-thousands of dollars at stake insist that Violencia!'s success is held in suspense by the script's call for use of the word "doody." This style of writing allows for comical leaps in logic and abandoned story detail. Friedman's novel is creative but I also find the storytelling a little lazy considering it's something he's been doing for decades. This may be a good light read for someone in the mood for lampoonery; I take my comedy much more serious.