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Shopping cart There are no products in your shopping cart. The Bobby Gold Stories Paperback. By Anthony Bourdain. Description From the host of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and New York Times bestselling author of Kitchen Confidential, a crime novel about a lovable criminal, a fabulous cook, and a botched robbery that sets the pair on the run. Once released, he goes to work for his old friend Eddie Fish, a mobster turned nightclub owner, and falls in love with Nikki, a boisterous sous-chef with dangerous ambitions. Bobby and Nikki get involved in a botched robbery, forcing both to run for their lives.

Their seedy shenanigans are wittily chronicled by Bourdain, in his nouveau hard-boiled prose "'You want truffle jiz? Get your own truffle jiz, cabron' ". In one memorable set piece, Bobby engages in multiple pages of rueful conversation with an old fish wholesaler who's late on a payment to Eddie and knows he's about to be worked over " 'I get to pick the arm? You pick it' ". Illuminating and human. View 1 comment. Apr 29, John rated it liked it. When he was just 21, Bobby Gold -- ne Goldstein -- was sold out to the cops by his childhood friend and now small-time gangster Eddie Fish.

Arrested for the stash of Eddie's cocaine he was transporting, Bobby was sent upstate for a good long stretch.


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Years later, having built up his body in prison and mangled a couple of fellow inmates, Bobby is a free man. But Bobby's a nice guy, really. If he has to break someone's arm he supplies a few painkillers first, and he's sure to apologize for what he's about to do. And he's capable of falling in love, as he does with saucier Nikki.

At which point thngs start going all to hell. The Bobby Gold Stories is an episodic novel, with some of its chapters working as standalone stories but the whole collection working, sort of, as a single narrative. It offers a fast and an easy read. By the time I'd finished it, I found I was hungry for a book I could actually get my teeth into.

Bourdain's style is one of those that it's immensely easy to read; it's also one that's immensely easy to write. Although the book's full of quite nicely done sex, violence and obscenity, time and time again I found it was reminding me of another, quite different set of fictions: Giovannino Guareschi's Don Camillo tales.

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From me this is, by the way, huge praise: I love and adore the Don Camillo stories. You have the same essential goodheartedness, the same occasional gentle twist of a story's plot, the same expectation that from time to time there'll be the introduction of some piece of homespun philosophy. If you enjoy Chuck Palahniuk you'll probably like this. If you enjoy Jane Austen.

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Me, I came to the conclusion that it was readable trash, but not so very much more. Apr 18, Kathryn Kundick rated it did not like it. I just finished reading this book last night. Now Goodreads is asking me to recommend this book and I I just can't do that. One of the hygienists at my dentist's office insisted I try reading an Anthony Bourdain novel--she said she loves his writing.

It took me a while to get around to his work, but I bought "The Bobby Gold Stories" and sat down for a quick read. I kept telling myself "just 20 more pages, just 10 mo I just finished reading this book last night. I kept telling myself "just 20 more pages, just 10 more pages, just 5 more pages" until I finally made it to the end.

I don't consider myself a prude by any means, but this book just seemed like a reason for Bourdain to write about unnecessary sex and gratuitous cussing but that can be given some leniency considering Bobby Gold's employment. The characters rambled about nothing. Bobby and Nikki just kind of inexplicably happened. It's a quick read and nothing you have to think about too much if that's what you look for in a book , but it completely turned me off of anymore Anthony Bourdain novels.

Apr 22, Cassandra rated it liked it. This was not very good, but it was certainly not bad, and it was enjoyable for what it was. I did wish that I had been Bourdain's editor and could have helped him make it a better book -- yes, arrogant, I know, but some of what I saw as poorly written in the novel surely could have been guided into better shape.

Bourdain can put together good sentences and amusing ones, and while there is nothing astonishing in the plot, there does not have to be, it is a good read regardless. But the food neede This was not very good, but it was certainly not bad, and it was enjoyable for what it was. But the food needed some different handling to be the characters rather than Bourdain himself, and I wonder why it is his editor did not help him shape it more.

I read "Kitchen Confidential" and "A Cook's Tour" many years ago and enthusiastically recommended them to many of my friends. I picked up "Bobby Gold" back when we still had a specialist crime book store in London and it has sat on the shelf ever since. I knew that Anthony Bourdain could write, but crime fiction?. Well he can do that as well. This is very short but fast paced, punchy and involving.

I have already searched out his other fiction and will set about acquiring them soon. Feb 04, AndrewP rated it liked it Shelves: crime-detective , bookshelf-clearance , read-in This book follows the adventures of Bobby Gold, a small time crook, thug and reluctant enforcer. As you might expect from this author there's quite a bit of excellent kitchen background to some parts of the story.

A very short book but a bit longer than a novella.

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Well worth taking the time to read if you can find a copy. Dec 08, Ariana rated it it was ok. Oct 15, patty rated it liked it Shelves: public-library , read , fiction. Had Bourdain taken a different path in life, this book could have been his memoir. View all 3 comments. Mar 05, M— rated it it was ok Shelves: short-stories , reviewed.

I prefer Bourdain's food and travel essays to any of his attempts at writing longer narrative works, and Bobby Gold is no exception. The sex-swearing-mangrunts-violence very nearly bored me to tears, but I did find some passages vivid enough to stay with me long after I read this book. It was five years or more until I first ate marrow, but it was reading this passage that first made me want to try it: Bobby Gold, in black Ramones T-shirt, black denims and black Nikes, smeared bone marrow on toast I prefer Bourdain's food and travel essays to any of his attempts at writing longer narrative works, and Bobby Gold is no exception.

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It was five years or more until I first ate marrow, but it was reading this passage that first made me want to try it: Bobby Gold, in black Ramones T-shirt, black denims and black Nikes, smeared bone marrow on toast and sprinkled sea salt on it before taking a large bite. His mouth was still full when the man came over and stood by his table, looking at him.

The man was tall, about forty-five, with the tired, mean face of an old cop. He wore blue slacks with knife creases, new, white running shoes, and a V-neck T-shirt with a windbreaker over it. His Glock, Bobby guessed, under his left kidney, beneath the T-shirt. There was another gun, something smaller, in an ankle holster on the right. From the man's expression, he did not look like he was going to shoot Bobby -- or arrest him. At least not today.

Cops ate out in packs, usually at cop-friendly places where raised voices, heavy drinking and the occasional freebe were not unheard of. Blue Ribbon was not like that. This cop had either recognized him from his sheet -- or, more likely, come looking for him. Bone marrow was a secret pleasure -- something Bobby usually indulged in alone.

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He'd never told Eddie about the place, afraid of being embarressed, and Nikki couldn't get through a meal without smoking, so he usually came here alone. Quote passage pulled from ISBN , pp. Dec 15, Andrew rated it liked it Shelves: popular-fiction. Bourdain's prose is no-nonsense, to the point and dare I say inspired by his much beloved Ramones.

In 'The Bobby Gold Stories' each chapter plays on familiar riffs, whether they be gangster stories or films like 'Prizzi's Honour' or 'Goodfellas', or Bourdain's autobiography as set in the world of line chefs as seen in 'Kitchen Confidential'.

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The combination of these prose contexts, filtered through his punchy style of writing makes this book a pleasing, readily devoured novella. The characters ar Bourdain's prose is no-nonsense, to the point and dare I say inspired by his much beloved Ramones. The characters are, aside from Bobby Gold himself and his lover Nikki, barely sketched types, and this is not a bad thing. They are carriers for Bourdain's strongest writing skill; his ability to produce sketches of personality that evoke the right context, the right situation for his lead characters to move through the story, interacting and surpassing these supporting personae.

The reader is able to easily focus on Gold and to a lesser extent on Nikki because they are like fully coloured in pictures drawn with only a few more brushes, placed against a back drop of barely delineated personalities. Imbued with a lot of Bourdain's own personality for example, his publicly avowed dislike of Billy Joel , 'The Bobby Gold Stories' is a very solid work of fiction that doesn't require too much thought.

I could be making a silly metaphorical observation here, however it seems to me that this novella is like a very good steak frites. Simple, familiar, prepared well and served with the appropriate lack of any distractions, giving its recipient exactly what they want. May 21, Leanna rated it it was ok.