You can count on Guys and Dolls being revived at least once every ten years, and on and on, probably as long as there is an America. For the stories of Damon . From Dave the Dude to Al Capone: a defining collection from the world of Damon Runyon Damon Runyon grew up in the West, moved to New York City, and. There are not too many authors that I can think of who have had more of their stories adapted to screen than Damon Runyon ().

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Runyon seems obsessed with run-on sentences, in the manner of a caffeine addict who loathes periods — or even the ellipsis — for fear that any pause in his speech will allow someone else to get a word in edgewise or endo. He has had at least sixteen movies based on his short stories and one based on a play. The characters are reprobates; the worse society has to offer. Naturally, everybody is greatly horrified at a doll using such language to Dave the Dude, because Dave is known to shoot guys for much less, but instead of doing something to the wide doll at once, Dave says: Tuesday’s letter in which he speaks of blondes.

In fact, somebody tells Lance that Angie is at the moment over in Good Time Charley’s little speak in West Forty-ninth Street, buying drinks for one and all, and telling how he makes Lance McGowan hop a brick wall, which of course sounds most disparaging of Lance.

His characters are pretty generic, his stories focus heavily on irony, he uses little dialogue and a lot of exposition. Just a doolls while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This book is mainly for people who want to read short stories set long ago who can overlook a little offensive use of violence and language.

Now there is much in what the guy says, to be sure. This took a turn for the surreal when J. They are my memories of my happiest days.

Earthquake ‘Gentlemen, the King! The stories are both more violent and funnier A typical story in this collection is framed by an encounter of the nameless narrator with someone in Mindy’s deli.

He was best known for his short stories celebrating the world of Broadway in New York City that grew out of the Prohibition era. In fact, I say hello to her at all times, and am always very courteous to her, as I do not wish to have her bawling me out in public, and maybe circulating rumours about me, as she is apt to do, if she feels I am snubbing her.

Apr 13, Andrew rated it really liked it. My library Help Advanced Book Search. This reminded me of Wodehouse – whimsical early 20th century stories featuring a very specific milieu in which everyone shares the same absurd social assumptions.


Guys and Dolls

Those who have never bothered to read the book because they have already seen the play or movie should rethink their decision; because they were based soley upon just one of the thirty-two stories. And he would always have that little twist at the end of a story, much in the way that O.

So [Harry the Horse says] there is nothing more to the story, except we are now looking for Judge Goldfobber to get him to take up a legal matter for us with Mr. Most of the stories are darkly humorous and more than a few have a touch of O.

A heavy drinker as a young man, he seems to have quit drinking soon after arriving in New York, after his drinking nearly cost him the courtship of the woman who became his first wife, Ellen Egan. And the reason it is called Dream Street is because in this block are many characters of one kind and another who always seem to be dreaming of different matters. He was a reporter and short story writer, well-known for his reports on baseball and on certain trials. Personally, I never go there much, because I do not care for road houses, but it is a great spot for Dave the Dude when he is pitching parties, or even when he is only drinking single-handed.

Good Time Charley Bernstein just gets the wire and tells me.

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This is regarded as a very bad sign indeed, because while everybody goes to the Chicken Club now and then to give Tony Berzola, the owner, a friendly play, very few people care to do any drinking there, because Tony’s liquor is not meant for anybody to drink except the customers. Ardsley is very hard-hearted, indeed, and he makes the young guy take the wind. It keeps it from getting tiresome reading it in that manner. It seems to be an accurate mimicking of an actual speech pattern, but it doesn’t induce me to read on.

Short stories are already my favorite form, as they get to the point quickly and have tight construction.

Damon Runyon

Runyon on Broadway contains the following stories, all of which are Broadway stories written in Runyonese:. Five stars may seem a lot but by the end of every story my face was lit up because they are just charming. Dajon the collar of Lance McGowan is water on the wheel of one and all because Lance is so prominent, and anybody will tell you that it looks as if it is a sure thing that Lance will be very severely punished, and maybe sent to the electric chair, although he hires Judge Goldstein, who is one of the surest-footed lawyers in this town, to defend him.

The atmosphere and ambience of the world this book is set in feels very alien, so different from today. The family eventually settled in Pueblo, Colorado inwhere Runyon spent the rest of his youth.


The chances are if Waldo Winchester knows Miss Billy Perry is Dave the Dude’s doll, he will never take more than his first peek at her, but nobody tips him off until his second or third peek, and by this time Miss Billy Perry is taking her peeks guuys at him and Waldo Winchester is hooked. Furthermore, as he walks into the house, all dressed up in a cutaway coat, and a high hat, he grabs Miss Amelia Bodkin in his arms, and kisses her ker-plump right on the smush, which information I afterwards receive from the old guy who seems to be the butler.

The plots are almost negligible- little character sketches, often farcical vamon nature, about low-level gangsters, high-level hoods, would-be pimps, players and gamblers in Prohibition-era New York, mostly trying to win a girl’s heart or make a quick buc It’s kind of a shame that, good as the musical “Guys and Dolls” is, it’s more or less taken Damon Runyon’s entire place in the public memory to itself.

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But he is not going to holler copper about it, although Charley says he has his own opinion of Mr. In fact, the way I look at it, if a guy is not daffy he will not be playing the horses. So I know if Charley is not plumb broke that he has a terrible crack across his belly, and I am not surprised that I do not see him for a couple of weeks after the government guys knock off the Crystal Room.

Inwhen still in his teens, Runyon enlisted in the U. He is supposed to be a wonderful hand with a burlap bag when anybody wishes to put somebody in such a bag, which is considered a great practical joke in Brooklyn, and in fact The Louse Kid has a burlap bag with him on the night in question, and they are figuring on putting Lance McGowan in the bag when guuys call on him, just for the laugh.

Anyway, Angie is one of the residents of Brooklyn in the party that wishes to call on Lance McGowan, and besides Angie the party includes a guy by the dklls of Mockie Max, who is ruhyon very prominent character in Brooklyn, and another guy by the name of The Louse Kid, who is not so prominent, but who is considered a very promising young guy in many respects, although personally I think The Louse Kid has a very weak face. My wife just gets back from a year’s tour of the Interstate time, and she is at the Marx Hotel right this minute.