Last Night at the Lobster) [Pdf Read] æ Stewart ONan
I loved this little jewel of a book Stewart O Nan manages to write a 160 page book about the employees at a Red Lobster during the span of th Manny De Leon is spending a double shift working his last day as the manager of a Red Lobster The bosses at the corporate headuarters have decided to close this older restaurant Lacking the holiday spirit the bosses picked December 20th as the last day of operationThe book follows Manny hour by hour in the restaurant while a blizzard dumps snow on the parking lot outside Some of his crew show up in spite of the weather because they have a sense of loyalty toward Manny Manny is kind and decent to his employees and the restaurant is a bit of a home for him He works hard pitches in to keep everything running smoothly and keeps the crew s spirits up He s one of many unrecognized workers who shows up does their job well has pride in their work but never gets any glory As the hours tick down to closing time we also find out the complications in Manny s personal life There is also resentment by some of the crew members who will not be hired by another restaurant in the chainLast Night at the Lobster is a low key novella about the working class The book will make the reader appreciate the people who come to work with a smile on their face day after day Even though it s a uiet book it kept my interest since I cared about the characters and the writing was excellent Find all of my reviews at little bitty book is about exactly what the title states the goings on with the staff of the local Not to be confused with As they work the last shift before their failing location is permanently closed Some will simply be moving to the next nearest franchise for their next shift some were such terrible employees at the current strip mall site that there s no way manager Manny could give them any sort of recommendation Some will stick it out until the lights are switched off for the final time some will cut out as early as possible either due to an impending blizzard or interpersonal conflicts It s sort of like a dramatic version of I actually went to the library in May because of course I listened to this eighty seven months ago but remembered I never wrote anything when my kid asked to go to our local Red Lobster for dinner the other night to maybe check out West of Sunset by this author as that one had been recommended to me When I saw this short selection available on audio knowing I had a short road trip coming up I figured I might as well roll the dice I don t really know what to say about this one The entire experience was kind of like watching a Seinfeld marathon it s not really about anything and et somehow Eating at the humble Red Lobster won t be
"Uite The Same After Reading This Bittersweet "the same after reading this bittersweet to the service industryIt s a grey snowy Saturday a week or so before Christmas and the Red Lobster near a rundown New England mall is about to close down for good Sales just aren t up to scratch and all the staff has been let go except for five who are being offered jobs at an Olive Garden a few towns overIn fact today is the restaurant s final day and it s up to hard working manager Manny DeLeon to oversee
This Final Shift Complications Ensue Many Embittered Let Go Staff final shift Complications ensue many embittered Let Go Staff T Shown go staff t shown the forecast calls for a big snowstorm and the mall plow is nowhere to be seen oh Un monstre dans les céréales yeah and there s Jacuie the waitress Manny s had an affair with to deal with she s got a new boyfriend while Manny s own girlfriend is currently pregnantAnd let s not forget the workplace grudges the bartender who might be siphoning off booze and the parade of diners who barge through the doors for lunch a huge retirement party twooung moms one with a child from hell people trying to pawn off expired couponsWriter Stewart O Nan s gift is being able to describe all this in details that are vivid honest and entertaining I never knew how interested I would be in the workings of a chain restaurant before reading this book Manny still smarting from the end of the affair as well as the death of his abuelita grandmother is a perfectly ordinary Nam yet fascinating figure trying to get by financially unhappy with his personal situationet unsure what to do Manny is the book s moral centre and I loved being in his mind even just for 150 pages It s the sort of book that will make Painting Landscapes from Your Imagination you re examineour own daily routines the little things that matter that show us what we re made of I have to admit that I didn t think O Nan would be able to offer much of a climax but he did and it s one that s beautifully subtly set up throughout the book A couple of ears ago I read O Nan s novel about the final days of F Scott Fitzgerald it was a beautiful book sad and true I m sure I ll read of his work But this book although brief will linger in my mind for a while I read this novel on a balmy March day but the setting is so convincing that I looked out the window several times to see if it was snowing In Last Night at the Lobster O Nan creates a pitch perfect world a Red Lobster restaurant before it closes for good He treats the restaurant and the staff with respect avoiding the easy impulse to satirize Every page glimmers with truth Read. The Red Lobster perched in the far corner of a run down New England mall hasn't been making its numbers and headuarters has pulled the plug But manager Manny DeLeon still needs to navi. ,
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Ing this novel makes me realize how rarely that happens Because I live in my own little world inside my head complete with pugs dressed as butlers and rainbows made of Laffy Taffy it was a long time before I became aware of Stewart O Nan Partially I suppose this is due to the fact that O Nan s books do not draw undue attention to themselves He is not an elegant prose stylist he does not construct elaborate plots that bend time and space and then loop back again and he does not fetishize the typical professions found in most novelstelevision seriesmovies Instead O Nan produces sparely written books that subtly mine the realities of the actual human condition His characters aren t rich or powerful or imbued with remarkable gifts They are just muddling middling human beings like the ones ou see every day like the one Chasing McCree Chasing McCree you might beourself Of course this doesn t provide much of an escape and it might leave Impossible Things you a little befuddled by the end O Nanou see isn t following the typical three act structure that frames most novels or screenplays Sure there is often a genre hook in his fiction a murder a kidnapping but that s never the focus Readers acclimatized by modern storytelling techniues might be a bit puzzled You finish one of his novels and think That s it That s something ou need to know going in to an O Nan novel that no matter what the book jacket says it s about it s not about the plot There is no action there is only people reacting to action which most often takes place off center stage My love affair with Stewart O Nan began with Last Night At the Lobster It was a fortuitous meeting Had O Nan chosen to set his novel at a Chipotle I probably would have lived and died without ever cracking one of his books As it is however he chose the Red Lobster and the Red Lobster and I have a history One of the great middle class pleasures of my life is the Admiral s Feast which can feed me for close to a week depending on how many biscuits I can slip into my pocket without the waiter noticing Last Night at the Lobster is about as the title strongly hints the last day of a Red Lobster that is being closed Its main character is Manny a pot smoking manager who is really serious about doing a good job He reminds me of that Martin Luther King Jr uote about how if ou are called to be a streetsweeper ou should sweep as Michaelangelo painted or Beethoven wrote music Manny treats his job as though it were the most important thing in the world he gives it the care of a master craftsman with an eye to the smallest details It is something that is both sad and noble The Lobster s final day is snowy and treacherous Manny has to deal with the fact that many of his employees at least the ones who aren t leaving with him to go to the Olive Garden in the *hands of anyone but O Nan I would ve assumed this *of anyone but O Nan I would ve assumed this be a snide joke directed at
Middle America O Nan however has such empathy that the thought never crossed my mind haven t comeAmerica O Nan however has SUCH EMPATHY THAT THE THOUGHT NEVER CROSSED MY MIND empathy that the thought never crossed my mind t come He is also trying to sort out his relationship with Jacuie a waitress and past lover who has moved on with her life Manny still loves Jacuie but he has a pregnant girlfriend Deena back home This is a slim book an epic in miniature It is a minutely detailed reconstruction of a day The tasks mundane as they are are inflated to heroic proportions There is Manny s courageous attempts to clear the sidewalks with a stubborn snow blower there is Manny s shuttle diplomacy as he keeps peace with a tempestuous cook bickering waitresses and annoying customers there is Manny s Homeric trek across a treacherous parking lot to reach a shopping mall where he then tries to find a gift for Deena All of this is just cover for O Nan to explore humble lives given meaning through love Despite the title and subject this is not an ironic book And I say this as a person who actually purchased this book a bit tongue in cheek I mean it s about Red Lobster It s the hillbilly Delmonico s O Nan never makes fun of the plight of these lower middle class service providers There is no false nobility or artificial inflation of the working man and there is also no condescension or patronization He treats his characters simply as humans and O Nan has a fine eye for people Manny s struggle to keep the Red Lobster open until closing time may seem like a small thing to us but for him it is akin to blowing up the Death Star or throwing the Ring of Power into the fires of Mount Doom We don t all get to save the world or even lives most of us do the mundane to get a paycheck but we try to do it well because there is some honor there in a job well done whatever that job may be This is a short uick gratifying read O Nan is a propulsive storyteller He writes in simple clear prose that is blunt and to the point I m uite impressed with the details he can limn with so few pages and so few adjectives That said there s nothing poetic or elegant in the words I can t remember a single line from the book or a single profound thought The profundity is in the story itself It s a subtle point is worth looking for This isn t a novel that helps ou escape from Criminal Juries in the 21st Century: Psychological Science and the Law (American Psychology-Law Society Series) your life it is a novel that helpsou relate to life The only lingering uestion I have is Gate a tricky last shift with a near mutinous staff All the while he's wondering how to handle the waitress he's still in love with what to do about his pregnant girlfriend and where His what caused this Red Lobster to close Those places are always packed Always The most dangerous place I ve been is a Red Lobster parking lot during Lent Absolutely pitch perfect I don t know if everyone can appreciate exactly why this book is so perfect but what O Nan has done in capturing the mood of a crew of food service workers just as their workplace is about to shuts its doors forever is remarkable In any service environment a peculiar culture builds up among the employees but in food service that culture knits itself in a very specific way It s all about the money how the servers relate to the kitchen staff bar staff and managers affects how much money they end up with at the conclusion of a shift You need to be scheduled well have Callisthnie - La musculation globale your section sat so thatou re full but not overly busy and have the kitchen turning out And the Ass Saw the Angel your orders correctly If all that isn t in orderou re not going to make the tips Last Night at the Lobster is told from the point of view of the store manager trying to keep doing a great job up until the last moment Because Red Lobster is run by a corporation a decision has come from the top to close this location but it s not a fact that s advertised to the general public Some of the staff is being relocated to an Olive Garden in the next town both restaurants are run by the same corporation most are being let go And despite Manny s hope that the last night will be busy it s close to a mall and the action takes place just before Christmas and somehow send a message to the top brass a blizzard robs him not only of most of his customers but also of all but the most loyal staffO Nan manages to create a staff that s totally believable with all the archetypes in place the lifers the various employees that come and go either because their skills and education will eventually take them further or because they re so unskilled they can t make it and anyone who has never worked a service job probably doesn t understand that it does in fact take skills The romances the rivalries ring completely true It s oversimplifying to say that this novel is so good because the environment and the characters are so realistic it s elegaic it s moving I m glad I got to read it on a snowy day at home it s the kind of book that s reaches the best emotional pitch if ou can read it in one sitting A little gem of a novel from a writer I hadn t read before It s told from the perspective of Manny a manager from within the eponymous restaurant chain whose branch in a New England town is being closed down by Head Office He s a conscientious employee and a decent guy but is also someone with his own personal problems On his last day he has to cope with difficult problems On his last day he has to cope with difficult dispirited
AND RESENTFUL STAFF AND A MAJORresentful staff and a major There isn t really a plot just the events of the restaurant s last day but where the novel shines is in the interaction of the characters ordinary people each with their good and bad points There s also the particular atmosphere that arises when something comes to an end when routines carried on for ears are enacted for the last time and when a group of people who have been thrown together go their separate ways The book has a really authentic feel A novel about ordinary people who are faced with change and who deal with it and move on with their lives Good luck Manny 35 stars Here we go Manny says to himself as much as anyone and for the very last time he flips the breaker for the neon sign by the highway then slides the tab of the plastic CLOSED sign on the front door to the right to let the whole world know that they re OPEN for business page 29O Nan s novella Last Night at the Lobster would make a satisfactory companion piece to the memoir Waiter Rant Thanks for the Tip Confessions of a Cynical Waiter by Steve Dublanica which I happened to read six months ago Although I enjoyed said memoir because sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction O Nan s straightforward tale smacks of some authenticity It takes place at a chain seafood restaurant s last day of business it s being shuttered by the corporate office due to a downturn in revenue that coincidentally occurs during both a blizzard AND just days before the Christmas holiday It s told from the point of view of Manny a dedicated shift manager in his early 30 s who is uietly determined to put in his usual honest day s work even though it would appear superfluous given the situation Although it s extremely low key workplace drama O Nan is able to neatly sketch out the handful of personalities involved the kitchen staff the waitresses the handful of customers etc as they battle boredom and sometimes each other before the final closing time This is a kind of day in the life story of a restaurant in this case the last day as management took the decision to close its doors for economic reasons It s a Red Lobster restaurant chain but it could be a fit in for any franchise restaurant The author does a wonderful job of humanizing this last dayThe main character is Manny and we come to see how he relates to his employees view spoiler and his girlfriend at home who is pregnant and his other girlfriend at the restaurant hide spoiler. O find the present that will make everything better Stewart O'Nan has been called the bard of the working class and Last Night at the Lobster is one of his most acclaimed works to date. ,