Bob the Gambler

Bob the Gambler

Book - 1997
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Houghton
What I'd always liked about Biloxi was the decay, the things falling apart, the crap along the beach, the skeletons of abandoned hotels, the trashy warehouses and the rundown piers jutting out into the dirty water, so I wasn't thrilled that in the last five years our dinky coast town had been turned into an outlet-mall version of Las Vegas, with a dozen cartoon casinos, lots of gussied-up Motel 6 hotel rooms, an ocean of slicked-back hair, and a big increase in unsavory tourists. On this Sunday, after the NFL preseason game, we were sitting on the porch quiet as mice when Jewel held up the newspaper and said, "Raymond. Let's go here and do this," and "here" was the Paradise casino, a dozen blocks away on the beach in Biloxi, and "this" was gambling. So begins this crackball love story with a wonderfully dark underbelly, in which Ray and Jewel Kaiser try out the Paradise. What curious thing happens to them, and how they react to this trick of chance - and through a procession of misadve

Baker & Taylor
In a darkly funny love story, Ray and Jewel Kaiser dive headfirst into the gambling lifestyle of middle-class hedonism that has developed near their hometown, only to find themselves yearning for their peaceful earlier world

Blackwell North Amer
On this Sunday, after the NFL preseason game, we were sitting on the porch quiet as mice when Jewel held up the newspaper and said, "Raymond. Let's go here and do this," and "here" was the Paradise casino, a dozen blocks away on the beach in Biloxi, and "this" was gambling.
So begins this story in which Ray and Jewel Kaiser try out the Paradise. What curious things happen to them, what tricks of chance involving, among others, Jewel's fourteen-year-old daughter RV, the casino and its personnel, Ray's dead father, and a mother convinced that a sitcom star is visiting across the street from her house, make up the fabric of this novel about wising up better late than never. Peopled with dazed casino denizens, a lusty grocery-store manager, body-pierced children, and hourly employees in full revolt, Bob the Gambler tells the refreshing story of a couple who, after tumbling headfirst out of their middle-class Garden of Eden, discover they've landed in an even more fertile garden outside its walls.

Baker
& Taylor

In a darkly funny love story, Ray and Jewel Kaiser dive headfirst into the gambling lifestyle of middle-class hedonism that has developed near their hometown, only to find themselves yearning for their peaceful earlier world. Tour.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1997
ISBN: 9780395809778
0395809770
Characteristics: 213 p. ; 22 cm

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