The Assault on Tony's

The Assault on Tony s The Assault on Tony s is an unapologetic unsentimental and at times exuberant examination of the joys and sorrows of intoxication combining the inimitable unflinching eye and grim wit of John O Bri

  • Title: The Assault on Tony's
  • Author: JohnO'Brien Maureen O'Brien
  • ISBN: 9780802135421
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Assault on Tony s is an unapologetic, unsentimental, and at times exuberant examination of the joys and sorrows of intoxication, combining the inimitable unflinching eye and grim wit of John O Brien, author of Leaving Las Vegas Barricaded in a bar called Tony s while a riot rages outside, the characters that people The Assault on Tony s are united by their desire to dThe Assault on Tony s is an unapologetic, unsentimental, and at times exuberant examination of the joys and sorrows of intoxication, combining the inimitable unflinching eye and grim wit of John O Brien, author of Leaving Las Vegas Barricaded in a bar called Tony s while a riot rages outside, the characters that people The Assault on Tony s are united by their desire to drink to the end, no matter what the consequences In this stark and darkly humorous novel, social alliances are forged and challenged as each member of this macabre party ignores his fears in favor of keeping his tumbler full to the brim As time goes on and the liquor supply starts to dwindle, the novel reaches a gritty intensity as it exposes the highs and lows of the human spirit.

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    1. JohnO'Brien Maureen O'Brien

      John O Brien s first novel Leaving Las Vegas was published in 1990 and made into a film of the same name in 1995.His other three works were published posthumously Source John O Brien was born in 1960 and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio He moved to Los Angeles in 1982 with his then wife Lisa During his lifetime, he was a busboy, file clerk, and coffee roaster, but writing was his true calling He committed suicide in April 1994 at age thirty three His published fiction includes Leaving Las Vegas, The Assault on Tony s, and Stripper Lessons John O Brien was a stunningly talented writer who created poetry from the most squalid materials Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City

    606 thoughts on “The Assault on Tony's”

    1. Great if you are a lit fan and into symbolism-imho. Taken literally it is a chaotic look at alcoholics and their disease. Metaphorically, it could be seen as the attack that an addict forces upon himself. The riot representing the decay and crumbling of one’s dignity and morality as seen from the outside, while the clients inside represent the inner demons visited upon the addict as he attempts to stave off the most basic animal instinct-survival, in order to exterminate himself. Or at least t [...]


    2. This book is brilliant and it is also very disturbing with despair creeping through like ooze. Like a mirror on the alcoholic experience their is a need for alcohol without it ever quite providing the hoped for comfort. The characters are for the most part shorn of redeeming features and in the end we are left with an unpleasant allegory for social breakdown and withdrawal. The utility and ultimate uselessness of guns is also a theme; what are our weapons in the end? While this is a very America [...]



    3. "The Assault On Tony's" reads like a David Mamet play sans the stage direction, in fact I imagine it would make a great, intense work as a play in the right hands. O'Brien is best known for his only other work completed in his lifetime "Leaving Las Vegas" largely because of the movie of the same name with Nicholas Cage and Elizabeth Shue from 1995. The blurb on the back of the dust jacket for "The Assault On Tony's" Ron Carlson says about "Leaving Las Vegas" 'This is not only dark and dire, it i [...]


    4. I was just referring to this book in another review about The Verificationist. The Assault on Tony's is very sobering and it worth considering on its own but having read them together, I found a few loose connections that might be worth noting. For instance, the use of a mundane public space (a bar, and diner respectively) is interesting. In the Verificationist, the diner's a stage for an inward journey, but the men at Tony's bar are more interested an inward retreat.If The Verificationist is th [...]


    5. Grim, grim, grim. O'Brien was so lost but I love him. His sister finished writing this novel and seamlessly interwove her changes. It was obviously tough for her but she finished it the way he wanted. Uncompromisingly hard.O'Brien committed suicide by gunshot two weeks after learning that his novel, Leaving Las Vegas, was to be made into a movie. His father says that the novel was his suicide note.I love him like John Kennedy O'Toole. So much sadness in life, sometimes


    6. I thought the plot of this one would be an interesting read, but the characters were under-developed. They had no personality. O'Brien talks about guns in a over zealous way; after i read this i found out the dumbass shot himself in the head.


    7. Facinating that this book was never finished by the author, but his sister. An incredible talent that just could not hold down his demons. It was almost like he created a story, like his life, that he could not get out of. The book was good at seeing the dark side of the LA Riots.


    8. Terrible. Trite, cliched prose and plot line with little care or concern to making logical sense. Avoid at all costs.


    9. Unique writing and interesting concept Assault On Tony's was an enjoyable read. However I did find the writing fragmented and lacking flow which stopped me from falling in love with it


    10. A couple of drunks, a waitress and a busboy gets trapped in a bar during nation wide riots, and does their very best to protect their stash of booze from rioters and themselves. I'd drink to that!


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