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Night and the City review Ë eBook or Kindle ePUB ¼ Harry Fabian is a ponce a Flash Harry in an expensive suit a cockney wide boy who adopts American tones and talks big yet will never make it to the top He operates in the Soho of the 1930s a metropolitan tangle of dodgy geezers prostitutes spivs and strong arm men Twice filmed NightImpse of a lost London It also marks the return of a lost London author Gerald Kersh a maverick character whose life was as colourful as those of his most flamboyant creations. Night and the City is pretty amazing on different levels On one end I don't think its a great novel but as a portrait of a time place and a certain type of character its totally ace Written in 1938 and mostly taking place in Soho London it is a snapshot of a group of hustlers trying to stay above the water line of sorts The main character is Harry Fabian who for god knows should be a major iconic fiction figure But alas what we have here is a pimp who lives his life in a certain amount of fantasy No self control not that bright but at least he has the talent of a hustler but hustles in small steps instead of a larger plan And yes he does have a large plan of opening up a wrestling ringclub but he also a man of very little talentThe fun of the book is knowing that he will hit downward but how The big character in the book is West London and its citizens Along with Fabian we get Helen's road to ruin as well Phil Nosseross the British Pound counting nightclub boss Remarkable book and a remarkable new press London Books Classic

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Of the 1930s a metropolitan tangle of dodgy geezers prostitutes spivs and strong arm men Twice filmed Night and the City is a seminal low life novel which presents a vivid gl. “ The darknessseeped down between the street lamps poured into basements and lay deep and stagnant under the porches and the arches of the back streetsNight closed down upon the city”And here’s Harry Fabian a ponce on the prowl in “ the shifting frontier between the slough of small business and the uagmire of the underworld” Harry is a no hoper a fantasist who makes out that he’s a wide boy but isn’t Things are going to end badly for Harrybut that’s par for the course in Kersh’s shabby pre war London The book is full of nocturnal characters trying to make ends meet on the borderlines – club hostessing wrestling doing doubtful deals – each with their dreams but all of them losers If you like seedy then Kersh’s locales and their inhabitants are just the ticket There’s a wonderful description of the International Political Club which is a respectable backstreet establishment whose “ staid atmosphere was spoiled only by the face of the proprietress This woman had something about her that was indescribably terrifying Imagine the death mask of Julius Caesar plastered with rouge and stuck with a pair of eyes as small as flat and as bright as newly cut cross sections of38 calibre bulletsShe painted her lips bright carmine but had a habit of pressing them together so firmly that lipstick was smeared over the surrounding skin This made her look like a newly fed ghoul that had forgotten to wipe its mouth She never had much to say She was supposed to be a Russian Her name Scarcely credible Anna Siberia”And as the night wears on there’s worse Bagrag’s Club is well within the outer circles of hell “ It used to be a coal cellar Daylight has never penetrated to this place since it was built three hundred years ago Picture it now at two o’clock in the morningHalf exhausted people throw up spasms of febrile energy they rise in groups without purpose move round then sink back again like stirred up filth on the bottom of a pondgulping the wine of madness from uestionable glasses against a damp raddled background of gangrenous yellow distemper”Good stuff and when Kersh is on form he's very good indeed Night and the City has been called the epitome of London noir but it's not so easily pigeon holed It has a distinct voice and a distinct atmosphere that transcend any genre and are happily unclassifiable

Gerald Kersh ☆ 3 summary

Night and the CityHarry Fabian is a ponce a Flash Harry in an expensive suit a cockney wide boy who adopts American tones and talks big yet will never make it to the top He operates in the Soho. A spectacularly bleak and misanthropic novel of London low life just before WW2 pimps prostitutes wheeler dealers scammers blackmailers set among nightclubs and the wrestling world both of which the author knew personally Compellingly horrible grubs writhing in an immense night as Rupert Brooke said of Webster with very little offered in the way of hope for the species just human selfishness self delusion self harm and self indulgence on full sordid display in all their grime A good book but not a beach book