Billy Phelan's Greatest Game

Billy Phelan s Greatest Game The second novel in William Kennedy s much loved Albany cycle depicts Billy Phelan a slightly tarnished poker player pool hustler and small time bookie A resourceful man full of Irish pluck Billy

The second novel in William Kennedy s much loved Albany cycle depicts Billy Phelan, a slightly tarnished poker player, pool hustler, and small time bookie A resourceful man full of Irish pluck, Billy works the fringes of the Albany sporting life with his own particular style and private code of honor, until he finds himself in the dangerous position of potential go betweThe second novel in William Kennedy s much loved Albany cycle depicts Billy Phelan, a slightly tarnished poker player, pool hustler, and small time bookie A resourceful man full of Irish pluck, Billy works the fringes of the Albany sporting life with his own particular style and private code of honor, until he finds himself in the dangerous position of potential go between in the kidnapping of a political boss s son.

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  1. William Joseph Kennedy is an American writer and journalist born and raised in Albany, New York Many of his novels feature the interaction of members of the fictional Irish American Phelan family, and make use of incidents of Albany s history and the supernatural Kennedy s works include The Ink Truck 1969 , Legs 1975 , Billy Phelan s Greatest Game 1978 , Ironweed 1983, winner of 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction film, 1987 , and Roscoe 2002.See also enpedia wiki William_

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  1. I picked up this novel as part of William Kennedy s Albany Cycle , after Willy Vlautin stated that the second in the series, Ironweed is his favourite ever book high praise indeed, so, having bought the first volume of the cycle, I was very much looking forward to seeing what I made of this first instalment.Set in 1930s Albany, the narrative follows two main characters Billy Phelan, small time bookie, pool hustler, card player and bowler, and journalist Martin Daugherty, son to a previously famo [...]

  2. As the pages went by I kept thinking this is a book that Scott Fitzgerald might have written if he d grown up on the dole in upstate New York instead of traipsing around Princeton in his matched sweaters and scarves just having a little fun, Francis Anyway, great book Highbrow, lowbrow, middle brow Example Screwing your wife is like striking out the pitcher It s not funny ha ha, but the you think about it the better it is.Also notable for containing the phrase no country for old men I guess McC [...]

  3. Not anywhere near as good as Ironweed, but a very good book The dual narrative is kind of clunky, mainly because of how much interesting the Billy Phelan story is than the somewhat muddled father son issues of Martin Daugherty But still, this is William Kennedy we re talking about here, and the book contains some absolutely beautiful sequences about bowling, poker, pool, the Albany nightlife, and the past.

  4. Starting tonight I assume Billy is Francis son And he is indeed Francis son and this book is happening at the same time as Ironweed I think Looks like I m reading the Albany triology in reverse order Not intentional This book continues the sort of spirit thing present in Ironweed Kind of interesting The lingo is a bit peppy due to the social milieu being different from Ironweed These folks may drink plenty but they re a functional bunch of wise guys, politicians, gamblers etc the Irish mafia of [...]

  5. Ostensibly this is a book about hustlers, grifters, writers, and political bosses And this book has all of that, taking place in 1930 s Albany But in reality this is a book about fathers and sons.The plot is driven by the kidnapping of Charlie Boy McCall, son of Bindy Bindy and his brother Patsy run Albany through intimidation, mob like tactics, and influencing elections The McCalls enlist Billy Phelan to help unearth Morrie Berman s role in the plot Billy s father left when he was nine years ol [...]

  6. I ve always been impressed by the ease with which William Kennedy s prose moves from persuasively colloquial and naturalistic dialogue to poetic cadence His ear for period argot is pitch perfect, but the narrative frame belongs to a completely different although complimentary register Kennedy s voice openly comments on character, moment, and action, conveying an ironic affection for spiritual outlaws gamblers, gangsters, drunks, derelicts, and corrupt politicians His attitude toward the past and [...]

  7. some men moved through the daily sludge of their lives and then, with a stroke, cut away the sludge and transformed themselves 2 Billy was a generalist, a man in need of the sweetness of miscellany 6 screwing your wife is like striking out the pitcher 20 There s no Santa Claus and there s no devil Your father is both 24 Edward Daugherty was cosmically beyond manual labor 40 It was Ham who saw Noah, his father, naked and drunk on wine, and Noah cursed Ham, while Shem and Japheth covered their fat [...]

  8. The first William Kennedy book I read since Ironweed long ago, this was in response to seeing the Albany icon speak and show a documentary on Albany during the prohibition era so a biography of famed bootlegger Legs Diamond Billy Phelan s Greatest Game is an entertaining read A story with two main focuses, one being the well known fictional Albany hustler Billy Phelan, and the other following an older newspaper editor who is trying to lightly traverse a kidnapping of the son of a powerful Alban [...]

  9. I was not impressed with the last William Kennedy book I read, but I was not prepared for how truly terrible this one is In fact I think this may be one of the worst written books I have ever read I hardly even know where to start with this within the first five pages, we are told that someone lived with his bowling ball as if it were a third testicle Guys, if you keep your bowling ball down your pants, you are both very strong, and probably should see a mental health worker also, if your testic [...]

  10. I read sometimes to understand a place, and the people that make that place, in its time I ve never been to Albany, but this story reeks with the politics, cathollicism, drinking, gambling and all the attendant vices in late 30 s urban America Billy is the son of an absentee father who left home in shame the main character in the final book in this Albany trilogy, Ironweed and has bit parts as a bum The dealings of seedy city and how the Irish machine operates is laid bare, told neatly by the ne [...]

  11. Simply put, I loved this book It s weird, I m reading the Albany novels, as they re called, in reverse order after my friend recommended me to read Ironweed about a year and a half ago I liked that one, so when she saw this book for me at the book fair, she gave it to me A great find A lot of the same characters from Ironweed, just wish I read all these in the correct order.All the characters are described very well in this book, including Billy Phelan, the main character Very, very, very good d [...]

  12. A fun read, albeit one that buries the lede a bit The action here jumps back and forth between two protagonists the young hustler and title character , and a middle aged newspaper man who is basically used as a device to frame the larger story, which involves the kidnapping of a political boss s son in Depression era Albany.The kidnapping story is, unfortunately, not that interesting, nor is the journalist All of Phelan s passages are dynamite, though He s equal parts Holden Caulfield and Philip [...]

  13. This style of writing annoys me no end I don t really want to get into it right now ask me sometime, maybe over a few beers I once read Ironweed all the way the through and hated it and wondered why I had persevered all the way through it I guess because it had won the Pulitzer Prize and because two trustworthy sources personally recommended it Then I read Legs once and was often slightly annoyed by it throughout, but the story ended up being ok and worth finishing So I thought I would read this [...]

  14. A significant improvement over the first in the trio, Billy Phelan s Greatest Game showcases William Kennedy s developing knack for poignancy in the mundane The stereotypical exciting plot points take a backseat to the every day trappings of the main characters, who seem somehow less concerned with the underlying danger of their shady dealings and with the minutia of living Oddly refreshing, and leaves you with a sense that everyone is hustling for the same thing when stripped down to the core [...]

  15. I m reading William Kennedy s Albany trilogy on Saul Bellow s recommendation but I m struggling with it I liked the first one Legs Diamond better than this second one Billy Phelan , hopefully the third will be best Ironweed I wanted of the characters from the first book to continue in the second, but only a couple of them were mentioned Legs and Marcus and only fleetingly I guess their relationship is echoed by Billy Felon Phelan s and the newspaper guy Martin Daugherty Now I ll go see if there [...]

  16. William Kennedy knows how to write This was my third Kennedy novel I ve also read Quinn s Book and Legs In each one, he manages to create something light almost magical, nearly whimsical, just lovely and dark shot through with the hardship and dirt and bone poverty of 1930 s Albany, New York.Also, I picked this for my book group and it ended up being a great selection We had a lively discussion and I think almost everyone felt kind of crushy about Billy I ve never seen that happen Anyway, highly [...]

  17. Should a known After re reading Legs the rest of the trilogy would follow A very sad sign that didn t even recognize the title when first tapped in This may be the best of the three About fathers and sons, corruption and loyalty, games of chance skill and life death decisions You can stick a vs between each of those poles as well and that would be fine Albany, Irish politics, Old and New Testament, sex and violence, the sweetness of miscellany It don t get no better.

  18. This is the second book of William Kennedy s acclaimed Albany cycle, which for some reason I ve decided to read in reverse order with a 20 year gap in between novels I was either hot or cold on this one I think the author has a natural gift for dialogue, but there were too many peripheral characters and story lines left undeveloped for my taste I think this is the rare case where a movie adaptation would be superior to the written work Especially if they found a screenwriter to clear out some of [...]

  19. The weakest of the Albany trilogy, but still a damn fine read This middle volume focuses on Billy Phelan, son of Francis, the anti hero of Ironweed , and his meanderings through Depression era Albany and his dealings with the local political bosses Weirdly philosophical and other worldly at times It s sad that Kennedy seems to have fallen to the wayside.

  20. Wowjust wow I can t recommend this book, and its companion Ironweed enough Fantastic writing, wonderful characters that I cared about, and it even filled in some of the gaps in Ironweed I didn t love Legs the third book in the trilogy but these two books make me want to give it another read someday I couldn t recommend these two classic Kennedy books enough Please check em out

  21. Reading William Kennedy is like watching a great dancer or pitcher performhigh level grace and skill somehow look easy.I relish the demimonde atmosphere in Kennedy s Albany, the lovable and not so lovable ruffians, the shady Irish pols, and the wry humor Plus you get a subtle history lesson.

  22. What I learned from this book Gambling Irishmen rule Hey, the Jews can t have all the fun Slice of life isn t my favorite genre, but slice of life plus kidnapping and 1930s gangsters Now we re talking.

  23. I m in the process or rereading the earlier Albany books, and as great a book as Ironweed is, Billy Phelan s Greatest Game is just as good Kennedy is one of the most under appreciated American masters.

  24. William Kennedy is one of the few fiction writers I ve discovered since college whose works really grab me This probably wasn t his best, but it is still a good read if you re looking for a tough talking, street smarts, Depression era romp through a crowd of Albany characters.

  25. Another winner from Kennedy This is the story of a young gambler and bookie living in Albany in the 1930 s, and it s filled with interesting characters, absorbing conflict, and universal insights concerning life and love and loyalty Kennedy is a master in the true sense of the word

  26. This book follows Billy Phelan, a hustler, semi bookie, and all around street smart guy as he tries to raise money to pay off a debt Poker, pool, hustling, he does it all Very sharp and the words flow well.

  27. What do you get in a rough and tumble Depression era Albany, NY Pool sharks, poker bluffs, and Irish folks up to no good This was a great book.

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