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Free read ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free · Gerald Kersh 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. “Many commercial gentlemen are called ‘businessmen’ until they are found out; then they are described as ‘crooks’” Look up chump—or for that matter mug in the dictionary and you might see Harry Fabian’s face A man with a plan you might call him Always has something up his sleeve Wrestling racket A means to get ahead staying in front of the other mugsA hustler on the moveWithin this novel even the title takes on a bit of symbolism and significance Night is the time when deals are made when the big shots make money when the seediness of London’s underground comes into full viewThe innocent need to beware the city itself is unforgiving moving on without remorseGerald Kersh has apt and spot on prose delving into who these characters are under the surface especially aforementioned Harry an unsympathetic weasel like con man of sorts “he was like a sinister figure in a somber morality play a creature of the gutters” There is one scene where Harry relentlessly follows an older man only to eventually blackmail him with false bravado and conniving methods Harry may remind you of the used car salesman who invents a false story to get you to buy that lemon of a car I can see why Night and the City is listed on many noir reads It seems to be dripping in depravity characters setting plot all add to an element of this vibe Kersh is spot on with many poetic descriptions of time and place creating an atmosphere typical of noir There is a level of bleakness that personifies and typifies much of the plot as scams and deals and rackets are done for profit Harry himself perhaps personifies this philosophy the best remarking “If you’re not trying to make a buck any way possible you’re a mug” In many ways The Silver Fox the club where many of the locals go is a microcosm of this seediness Night and the City would not have felt complete if at least some characters attempted to break from the bleakness and depravity and we do see this in the novel’s second half Without conflict what can we hope for against all this One minor character Adam attempts to break from this vicious cycle tries to save another soul from the grasp of the “Night” In all fairness Kersh’s novel did take awhile to become fully invested in with much of the first part being exposition of defining who Harry Fabian is and who those around him are There is something a bit circular about some point in the plot but the second half comes around nicely A really fine and effective noir read is Night and the City There is also a film with Night and the City starring Richard Widmark as Harry While the film is great in many aspects as usual with book vs film they are really two different animals although Widmark does personify Fabian effectively Check out the novel then the film and see what you think

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Read Ì Night and the City 105 º 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 Night and the City is a seminal low life no Impse 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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Night and the CityOf 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