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Author: John O'Brien
ISBN: 0330351796
Language: English
Pages: 240 pages
Category: Contemporary
Publisher: Pan Books; New Ed edition (October 24, 1997)
Rating: 4.1
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Leaving Las Vegas, the first novel by John O’Brien, is the disturbing and emotionally wrenching story of a woman who embraces life and a man who rejects it. Sera is a prostitute.

Leaving Las Vegas book. Leaving Las Vegas, the first novel by John O’Brien, is a disturbing and emotionally wrenching story of a woman who embraces life and a man who rejects it. Sera, a prostitute, and Ben, an alcoholic, stumble together and discover in each other a respite from their unforgiving lives.

John O'Brien (May 21, 1960 – April 10, 1994) was an American author. His first novel, Leaving Las Vegas, was published in 1990 by Watermark Press and made into a film of the same name in 1995

John O'Brien (May 21, 1960 – April 10, 1994) was an American author. His first novel, Leaving Las Vegas, was published in 1990 by Watermark Press and made into a film of the same name in 1995. O'Brien was born in Oxford, Ohio, where his parents, Bill and Judy O'Brien, were both students at Miami University. He was the brother of writer Erin O'Brien. John grew up in Brecksville and Lakewood, Ohio, and graduated from Lakewood High School in 1978

Leaving Las Vegas, the first novel by John O'Brien, is the disturbing and emotionally wrenching story of a woman who embraces life and a man who rejects it. Sera is a prostitute, content with the independence and routine she has carved out for herself in a city defined by recklessness.

Leaving Las Vegas, the first novel by John O'Brien, is the disturbing and emotionally wrenching story of a woman who embraces life and a man who rejects it. But she is haunted by a spectre in a yellow Mercedes, a man from her past who is committed to taking control of her life again.

She has been walking around now for at least two hours and wants desperately to rest

She has been walking around now for at least two hours and wants desperately to rest. accumulated a fresh coat of red paint, not too dirty. She drops down hard on the cold curb and hugs her knees, bending her head into the privacy of the dark little cave created by her arms. Her eyes follow the stream of light running between her two thighs, down to where it concludes in black lace, aptly exposed by her short leather skirt.

Leaving Las Vegas, the first novel by John O'Brien, is a disturbing and emotionally wrenching story of a woman who embraces life and a man who rejects it, a powerful tale of hard luck and hard drinking and a relationship of tenderness and destruction. An avowed alcoholic, Ben drinks away his family, friends, and, finally, his job. With deliberate resolve, he burns the remnants of his life and heads for Las Vegas to end it all in the last great binge of his hopeless life. On the Strip, he picks up Sera, a prostitute, in what might have become another excess in his self-destructive jag.

Leaving Las Vegas didn’t fade away, it left a lasting impression on me. Now if you wonder if it has anything to do. .John O’Brien would know about Ben’s addiction. He was destroyed by alcoholism and committed suicide in 1994. Now if you wonder if it has anything to do with the eponymous film with Nicholas Cage, the answer is yes. The novel opens with Sera, sitting on a sidewalk on Las Vegas Boulevard. Sucking weak coffee through a hole in the plastic lid of a red and green Styrofoam cup, Sera sports a place to sit down. She has been walking around now for at least two hours and wants desperately to rest.

Leaving Las Vegas is a 1995 American romantic drama film written and directed by Mike Figgis, and based on the l novel of the same name by John O'Brien. He loads a supply of liquor and beer into his BMW and gets drunk as he drives from Los Angeles to Nevada

Leaving Las Vegas is an amazing book, rare in the fact that despite its depressing topic it has been somewhat successful commercially. It was his first novel and throughout it is clear that O’Brien had talent to burn.

Leaving Las Vegas is an amazing book, rare in the fact that despite its depressing topic it has been somewhat successful commercially. It is just as obvious, despite the novel's depressing content, that O’Brien was a sensitive soul. O'Brien committed suicide by gunshot two weeks after learning that Leaving Las Vegas was to be made into a movie. Sponsored adThis sponsor paid to have this advertisement placed in this section. O’Brien had been a hardcore alcoholic for much of his life.

Leaving Las Vegas rare book for sale. Wichita: Watermark, (1990). Octavo original black cloth, original dust jacket. John O'Brien was a stunningly talented writer. O'Brien committed suicide only two weeks before the 1995 film adapted from his novel began production.

Comments (7)
Flocton
I bought this thinking it was the original novel by the late John O'Brien, it's NOT! its just the movie screenplay! I don't know how to return a kindle product so I guess i am stuck with this crap. So If it's the original novel you want, please know THIS IS NOT IT.
MrRipper
Contains a lot of dark truths about alcoholism, addiction, and how people make choices they don't think they can back away from. But it shows the basic good in most of these people. All in all a cautionary tale for anyone "trapped" by the choices they made. Many of the choices not really choices at all, who chooses to become an alcoholic?, but nevertheless there is almost always a way out--we just don't see it while caught up in the addiction or the desperate life situation. Neither of the main characters tries to escape what they see as their fate. A fate dictated primarily by genetics (the alcoholism), their life experience (the prostitute) which probably started in severely dysfunctional families, and then all the subsequent bad life choices that followed. Especially in the movie, they are good people, temporarily finding some joy in life, while accepting they can't escape "the hole your in," when in fact there was a way out for both of them.
Mejora
One of my very favorites. Leaving Las Vegas is a study of three characters lost in their own worlds.

Sera grows from a naive girl lost on the streets in Los Angeles to a smart, sexy, and increasingly independent woman working the streets in Las Vegas. I understand why Sera does what she does, and so does she.

I particularly like Ben. He is the guy you see stumbling through the shadows at 2 am. Ben is lost in the world he lives in, shunned by society, by everyone, but he is grounded in his own world. Ben has a plan and this is why his character is so powerful. His plan of drinking himself to death sounds bizarre, even downright insane, but he has every detail worked out perfectly. This is where Ben gets interesting. The fact that he donates his clothes, his furniture, his useless household items to real homeless and underprivileged people proves Ben's humility. He is a good person deep down and my moments with him in the story really make me empathize with him. One of my favorite passages is Ben's description of true love with a dancer performing at a strip club as he falls for her with her lingering kiss.

Although it may appear that the alcoholic and the prostitute are the weakest characters, the third person in the story, Sera's pimp, is actually the most troubled. Al hides behind his Mercedes, his fancy jewelry, and his false sense of control over Sera. While Sera and Ben are in the front seat of the car plummeting off the cliff with their eyes open, Al is in the backseat with his eyes closed.

John O'Brien was a wonderful author with a true ability to create living, breathing characters with his words. He died too young. I salute you. You live on through your words... -Jonathan Sturak 12/21/2011
Whitestone
This is just an amazing read. The way O'Brien delivers the goods is remarkable- each phrase and every nuance needs digested. This is simply one of my favorite books of all time, but make no mistake, it is grim, exposed and I can only guess the writers own dark life leaves an imprint which make it more believable and sad.
JUST DO IT
I just finished Leaving Las Vegas. John O'Brien's death is a loss to the literature of love - not romance, not sexual infatuation, but deep and wise love. I'd seen the movie and loved it, not only because of the craft that went into making it, but because of parallels to my own history. The book goes deeper. O'Brien understood more about the delicate connections between women and men, especially scarred women and men, than any psychologist, psychiatrist or author of a some feel-good self-help book.
I'm sorry the pain became too great, brother John. I wish I could thank you personally for giving me pieces of your heart.
Malalanim
I'm sure most of you have seen the movie and I love Nick cage but this book is a surprisingly emotionally powerful romance one that stands by itself , one that is marred by real life-tragedy and deep sadness
Isha
I enjoyed learning Ben's perspective more than Sera's. His felt tragically genuine. Hers a little romanticized. (But what do I know?) Not so much thought provoking, but definitely a glimpse into a life outside my own. A good quick read. Recommend.
This book is really depressing but exceptionally well written and moving. I understand that this author committed suicide shortly after the film rights to the movie were sold. So sad. So young, so talented. Also Sera is a wonderful character. I could sense so much in the book about how sad and true this whole scenario could be. A book I could not put down.