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Becoming Bobby
     

Becoming Bobby

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by Michael Konik
 

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In Becoming Bobby, Michael Konik’s debut novel, the best-selling author of three acclaimed gambling-story collections, including The Man with the $100,000 Breasts, brings his vast knowledge of the casino world—and the desperate and delusional characters who inhabit it—to the pages of a story that is by turns viciously funny and

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In Becoming Bobby, Michael Konik’s debut novel, the best-selling author of three acclaimed gambling-story collections, including The Man with the $100,000 Breasts, brings his vast knowledge of the casino world—and the desperate and delusional characters who inhabit it—to the pages of a story that is by turns viciously funny and disturbingly provocative.

The dark chronicle of one man's cataclysmic descent into mid-life crisis, a contemporary Humbert Humbert, inspired by his TV hero, impulsively trades his middle-aged, cul de sac-of-an-existence for the fantasy life of a Vegas-style high roller. But when his luck runs out, the obsessive quest to “be like Bobby” brings some dark and twisted implications.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935396611
Publisher:
Huntington Press
Publication date:
03/28/2013
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

A former professional sports gambler and gaming columnist, Michael Konik has served as expert commentator on more than 100 televised poker broadcasts and penned several highly acclaimed books on gambling, including Telling Lies and Getting Paid, The Smart Money, and one of the Wall Street Journal’s “Five Best Gambling Books of All Time” — The Man With the $100,000 Breasts. Konik’s writing has appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines on every continent, including the New York Times, Travel & Leisure, Sports Illustrated, and virtually every special-interest publication extant. He was the regular gambling columnist for Cigar Aficionado, where he earned the honorific “Dean of the World’s Gambling Writers,” and for more than 10 years he penned the golf column for the Delta Air Lines in-flight magazine, SKY. More recently Konik has turned his hand to fiction, with Becoming Bobby, Instructions for My Funeral, Making It, and Year 14.

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Becoming Bobby 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Annie Le More than 1 year ago
Funny! BECOMING BOBBY is one of the funniest books I've ever read. It's also one of the saddest. Michael Konik is a special writer. You should experience this book. It's not like anything else I've read, and that's my highest compliment.
Larry Lewis More than 1 year ago
Becoming Familiar With Becoming Bobby. This book reminded me a lot of Bret Easton Ellis without the drugs. You get the same kind of interior workings of the mind thing and intense psychology without ever doing the psychology. Clever. I gotta say, I didn't find Bobby sad at all. He's obviously delusional, and if you don't get that you don't get the joke. I think the author did a good job of making this point clear if you read carefully. Liked the casino scenes. Loved the office/boss scenes. Felt unclean after reading the massage parlor scenes. It's a quick read but it stays with you.
Dale0 More than 1 year ago
"Mind Has Been Blown" So Michael Konik the great journalist essayist memoirist suddenly thinks he can write fiction?  Well, I'll be damned. He sure can!  Very impressed. My expectations were for something far more formulaic and hacky. "Becoming Bobby" I believe is a major, important book. I'm going to be very curious to see if Konik can follow this up with another strong novel. I'm betting he will.
LimeAndLemon More than 1 year ago
Hilarious! BECOMING BOBBY entertained me well while I was reading. It's a satirical sense about us and the society we have.
TheWizardofVegas More than 1 year ago
Painfully dark but also weirdly uplifting. Very strange and magical book that literally had me laughing out loud in parts and feeling like crying in others. Only after I finished "Becoming Bobby" did I realize the point Konik is trying to make about American infatuation with money and fame. He creates a perfect parallel universe in Las Vegas. If you're into gambling, this book will be like candy. If you don't it will be like fine wine. BECOMING BOBBY is an amazing experience.
Margaret3 More than 1 year ago
We Are Bobby! Instead of EVERYMAN can we just call the narrator EVERYBODY? I'm a female and I am Bobby! Are you?
Dave Sanchez More than 1 year ago
I have always hated Las Vegas because it seems to represent the worst elements of America. Greed, Lust, Envy, etc. For someone who is so closely associated with Las Vegas such as Michael Konik is with his books and TV shows, I think it's interesting how he portrays Las Vegas --THE DESERT -- as a cesspool of lies. People find this funny. I found it spot-on, so true it hurts. Great stuff from a great writer!
Jenny4 More than 1 year ago
Konik is Becoming a Novelist! This is not the masterpiece people here are making this out to be. But it is very, very good! I think Konik's next one should be even better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RoadDog20 More than 1 year ago
Better than Smart Money? I've read all of Konik's gambling writings as he is the premiere gambling writer out there. I thought his last one "The Smart Money" about the sports betting gang was his best to date. Now we have Becoming Bobby and I think he's outdone himself. This one flies by. Very quick read. Still, it is full of those Michael Konik details that you see in his nonfiction writing. Loved it and look forward to more.