A "danse macabre" in which a group of ill-assorted people are always changing their addresses as well as their lives. In an atmosphere of self-indulgence, blight and emptiness, they revolve around one another weaving a complex pattern of despair.
Long before the term Generation X was coined, Gavin Lambert captured the seedy landscape of Los Angeles in absolute moral and physical decay. The Goodbye People is a danse macabre, with a group of ill-assorted people who are ?always changing their addresses and phone numbers as well as their lives?. In an atmosphere of self-indulgence, blight and emptiness, they revolve around one another weaving together their dreams and nightmares to create a complex pattern of despair. The beautiful people who populate Lambert's novel are both the very rich and the very poor: what intrinsically links them is an all-pervading sense of aimlessness. First published in 1971, The Goodbye People is an enduring classic, and one of the most incisive takes on Hollywood ever written. With The Slide Area, Inside Daisy Clover and Running Time, The Goodbye People forms a revelatory ?Hollywood Quartet? of lives in one of the most extraordinary cities in the world.
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Decades before it was fashionable, Gavin Lambert expertly wove characters of every sexual stripe into his lustrous tapestries of Southern Californian life... His elegant stripped-down prose caught the last gasp of Old Hollywood in a way that has yet to be rivalled * Armistead Maupin *
About Gavin Lambert
Gavin Lambert was born in England but has lived for much of his life in Hollywood. He is the author of several novels (The Slide Area, Inside Daisy Clover, The Goodbye People), non-fiction (including On Cukor, The Dangerous Edge) and screenplays (Sons and Lovers, for which he gained an Academy Award nomination, and Inside Daisy Clover). Gavin Lambert's biography of Lindsay Anderson has recently been published and he is currently writing a biography of Natalie Wood.
The Goodbye People by Gavin Lambert
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