Los Angeles Without a Map

Los Angeles Without a Map

by Richard Rayner

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ISBN-13: 9781623730178
Publisher: Odyssey Editions
Publication date: 10/25/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 186
File size: 237 KB

About the Author

Born in England, Richard Rayner now lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the University of Southern California. His previous books include the memoir The Blue Suit, the novels The Cloud Sketcher and Murder Book, as well as the nonfiction account A Bright and Guilty Place: Murder, Corruption, and L.A.'s Scandalous Coming of Age. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and many other publications.

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sanddancer on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is a memoir of an Englishman who can't drive who moves to Los Angeles. I'm an English woman who also can't drive and is going on holiday to LA soon, so I thought this book might be good preparation! Richard Rayner, however, moved to LA on a whim having become obsessed with a wannabe actress/bunny girl he met on holiday - this is something I'm unlikely to do!The Los Angeles he finds is one filled with crazy people, all determined to find fame and fortune in the film or music business, but filling their time and paying their rent doing mundane jobs. It is a typical 'fish out of water' story, but highly enjoyable mainly due to Rayner's great way of describing the characters he meets.Sometimes his actions are hard to comprehend, in particular I didn't really get a sense of what was so great about the woman, Barbara, who he'd become besotted with. Some of the things that happen also seem unbelievable and I wondered how much artistic license had been used to make a good story, but really that didn't matter as it was a good fun read.