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BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS

Simon, Neil

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ISBN 10: 0394537394 / ISBN 13: 9780394537399
Published by Random House, New York, 1984
Hardcover
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Very Good in a Very Good dust jacket. Weak rubbing to jacket. Discrete tear to jacket crown at front panel. Stated First Edition. ; 0.71 x 8.19 x 5.59 Inches; 130 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 49113

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Title: BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS

Publisher: Random House, New York

Publication Date: 1984

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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The first in Neil Simon’s "Eugene Trilogy," followed by Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound

Winner of a New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play

Meet Eugene Jerome and his family, fighting the hard times and sometimes each other—with laughter, tears, and love. It is 1937 in Brooklyn during the heart of the Depression. Fifteen-year-old Eugene Jerome lives in Brighton Beach with his family. He is witty, perceptive, obsessed with sex, and forever fantasizing his baseball-diamond triumphs as star pitcher for the New York Yankees. As our guide through his "memoirs," Eugene takes us through a series of trenchant observations and insights that show his family meeting life's challenges with pride, spirit, and a marvelous sense of humor. But as World War II looms ever closer, Eugene sees his own innocence slipping away as the first important era of his life ends—and a new one begins.

This semiautobiographical classic was adapted into a film by Simon’s longterm professional partner, Gene Saks, who directed, among many others, Biloxi Blues, The Odd Couple, Broadway Bound, and Lost in Yonkers.

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In Neil Simon's darkly funny memoir of his family in 1930's Brooklyn, fourteen-year-old Eugene is preoccupied by his passion for the Yankees and his lust for his beautiful cousin, Nora. Eugene's comic growing pains contrast with the darker issues troubling his family: poverty, illness and the growing Nazi threat to relatives in Europe. Simon creates a Brooklyn universe full of memorable characters, humor and truth. A BBC co-production.

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