Chinese Takeout

Chinese Takeout

by Arthur Nersesian
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Chinese Takeout by Arthur Nersesian

From the author of the cult classic The Fuck-Up comes a vicious new tale of art, drugs, love, and death on the Lower East Side.

Orloff Trenchant is a painter who sells books on West 4th Street in Manhattan and is obsessed with mastering his craft. Desperate for cash, Or agrees to take a commission no one else will touch: he has three weeks to carve a headstone for a recently deceased restaurateur — a Chinese takeout box. As Or attempts to make his deadline, he navigates among a toxic mix of fellow artists, struggling gallery owners, bloodsucking art dealers, his politically active friends, and a haunting addict poet whose life is more out of control than Or's own.

Nersesian's prose is sparkling and hypnotic in this brutal and comic story that will make you wonder if life and art are two different things.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060548827
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/29/2003
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 985,983
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Arthur Nersesian’s other novels include The Fuck-Up, Manhattan Loverboy, Dogrun, and Suicide Casanova. He has also written three books of poems and one book of plays. Nersesian was the managing editor of the literary magazine "The Portable Lower East Side" and was an English teacher at Hostos Community College (C.U.N.Y.) in the South Bronx. He was born and raised in New York City.

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Chinese Takeout 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Cassian More than 1 year ago
I've read a couple of his books and love his work!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i have read all of nersesian's books. and must say i'm a huge fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Nersesian's previous works (Manhattan Loverboy, Dogrun, the F*** Up) but this one just falls flat. It is well written and easy to read, but the content is just, well, subpar. While previous books of his have had deep thick twisted plots, this is sort of flat and barely multi-faceted. I didn't find the characters particularly endearing, and they lacked significant development. When they did things that advanced the plot (fell in love, hurt others, had sex, destroyed art, etc.) the actions made sense on some level, but their true motivation seemed to be missing. I could say more, but you should really read his other books, they are much better.