Big Lights Big City Summary
The novel is a reflection of Manhattan in the 1980s after the author had a one week Manhattan experience. The author describes an unknown writer with high aspirations whose careless debauchery, hedonism, and cocaine addiction has started to destroy his ways of life. Following the narrator’s death of her mother, she struggles to accept it and has fallen and is heartbroken about the demise. The narrator isolates himself, and with the addiction, disease brings him to a crossroad that would probably guide him to his downfall. The novel was glorified by New York with the ability to achieve a setting that was unique, refreshing, and imaginatively powerful and was authentically convincing.
The novel was narrated in a second person’s perspective by twenty-four years old that character that was never named, the story takes root at Manhattan. The narrator worked at the Department of Factual verification at an organization never called, in its upscale magazine but had aspirations to write primarily. The narrator is not pleased by his job and longs to write more meaningful content. After work, the narrator would spend his time in night clubs and in drug distribution points wanting to get himself some cocaine. He was always desperate to hang himself loose among the other drug addicts in New York. The novel gives both the two versions of the life of the narrator. The day job that he attended and despised a lot in the combination of the nightlife he attended in addition to the parties and night clubs in Manhattan.
The narrator is known to frequent at a club called Heartbreak, where he could always party with his widest friend Tad Allagash. Tad was the key person in the narrator’s continued debauched behavior. The narrator would, at times, want to get some quiet nights, but tad could convince him to engage in destructive activities of the night.
The narrator had faced many challenges and expressed his inability to face issues that were troubling him. He had a dream about the coma baby who had been born from the womb of a mother who had a car accident. His obsession with the coma baby was troubling, and he couldn’t manage to get out of it. Instead, the narrator had plunged into deep usage of cocaine as a remedy of the troubles. The narrator was fired from his job after messing up with an article about French elections. As the novel continuous, the narrator has observed the originality of the recklessness in the narrator’s behavior originated from his wife, Amanda. The wife had left him, and the narrator was using destructions and drugs to conceal the fact that he was heartbroken. Amanda had moved to Paris, where she had found new a job in fashion and also had gotten herself a new lover as she informed the narrator. The narrator had hit rock bottom, and one time he blacked out at a bar and waked up in bed with a teenage girl. The narrator shamefully left the house and went to his house and later realized that she had married Amanda to please her mother. This at the end was the beginning of the end of his troubles, he had realized he was wasting time on things that were not meant to be for him.