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BRINGING OUT THE DEAD.

Schrader, Paul.

ISBN 10: 0571204899 / ISBN 13: 9780571204892
Published by LONDON/NY: FABER. 2000, 2000
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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Trade Paperback. First American Edition. A trade-size paperback original. Fine in pictorial printed wrappers. Screenplay adapted by Schrader from the Joseph Connelly novel. Bookseller Inventory # 15970

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Title: BRINGING OUT THE DEAD.

Publisher: LONDON/NY: FABER. 2000

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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The screenplay for Martin Scorsese's most recent film, starring Nicolas Cage, a work of stunning power aobut a burned-out New York paramedic who is hooked on the addictive thrill--and terror--of saving lives.

In this "surprisingly funny and very moving" (San Francisco Chronicle) film, based on Joe Connelly's acclaimed novel, Martin Scorsese once again explored the dark streets of New York and the desperate lives of its inhabitants that he and screenwriter Paul Schrader had first confronted in their classic film Taxi Driver. This time the focus of Schrader's blistering writing is a paramedic named Frank Pierce, a man who has seen so many people die that he is caught between his compulsion to save lives and his fear and terror of losing them. Haunted by the ghost of a young girl he inadvertently killed, Frank and one of his partners bring an old man back to life, even though they both know they should have let him die rather than prolong his agony. While Frank is forced to watch the comatose man slowly fail, he is drawn to the dying man's daughter, Mary, a sometime addict, who first sees Frank as a possible savior before, ultimately, seeing him as a kind of killer.

Hard-edged yet insightful, angry yet full of compassion for the fatally flawed, Bringing Out the Dead is another tour de force by Schrader, in which the harsh realities of urban life-and one man's struggle with it-are conveyed with an immediacy and force that are both riveting and deeply moving.

Review:

For nearly a decade author Joe Connelly rushed from emergency to emergency as a paramedic in the Hell's Kitchen area of New York City. This is the novel he wrote to purge, perhaps redeem, the torment of his experiences in the trenches with the dying and the barely living. Connelly seems to be a born writer, for this first novel makes brilliant use of unflinching realism, dark and brittle humor, a faint whiff of the supernatural, and, above all, the poignancy of a human soul that chooses slow self-destruction rather than shutting itself off to the suffering of others. As Patrick McGrath--another writer of dark literary fiction--writes, "The author's vision is both bleak and compassionate; his control of his explosive material is masterly. This is strong stuff, full of heart, engaging, harrowing, and real." You won't be able to let this one out of your sight until you've finished reading it, and it will linger long after you've put it down. --Fiona Webster

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