Bob the Gambler

By Frederick Barthelme

A brand new York occasions remarkable e-book during this darkly shaggy dog story, Ray and Jewel Kaiser try out (and push) their good fortune on the Paradise on line casino. Peopled with dazed denizens, body-pierced kids, a lusty grocery-store supervisor, and hourly staff in complete riot, it is a novel approximately wising up quicker instead of later--"a clever and humorous story" (New York instances ebook evaluate) that's "masterfully saw" (John Barth).

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What do you are saying? " "You are looking to simply force? " "Yeah. Head for Bay St. Louis, we are going to move the entire means. we will cross see your mom. it is a great evening, isn't really it? there is fall or anything within the air. " "I spotted that," I acknowledged. "Has this chunk to it. " "Roll down the windows," she stated, pointing towards the console the place the electric-window buttons have been. I did the home windows and settled within the driver's seat, having fun with the air whipping via my window. "I'm going to do something," I acknowledged. "Raymond Kaiser layout is more or less like being a professional bongo participant. " "Is no longer. You do lovely work," she acknowledged. "We're a bit burned out, either one of us, relatively. issues usually are not as a lot enjoyable as they was once, you recognize? after we first came. " "Fun does not be aware of our name," I stated. "You're nonetheless making a living even though. " "That's now not it. Everything's boring. Nature's uninteresting, Frank is boring, everyday life is boring. we are facing the motions. The casino's enjoyable, yet that is it. " the line in entrance wound round the coast and the wind swept sand throughout it, scalloping the road and peppering my arm. Jewel held her hair again with one hand. "I proposal every little thing used to be O. ok. " "Well, yes, it is," she acknowledged. "It's O. okay. , during this boring manner. Plus, playing isn't really uninteresting. that is all i am announcing. " "With the playing you need to jack up the stakes, comprehend what I suggest? " "You do? " "Well, sure," I acknowledged. "I are looking to. The urge to push all of it in the market and allow the playing cards do it's robust. " "Yeah, i have had that. and i am going over there for all time, and while i am not there, i am pondering it. At paintings I take into accout what it truly is prefer to hit double bars and a double diamond on a five-dollar computing device. correct in the midst of the day. " "The jones," I stated, pulling right into a fuel station. "I desire a beer. You? " "Sure," Jewel stated. We parked below a massive wedge-shaped steel overhang and went into the shop. I bought a number of beers from the cooler and Jewel pawed in the course of the chips until eventually she chanced on whatever she sought after. We positioned every little thing at the counter and paid the girl the six greenbacks she requested for. "You desire a bag for that? " the girl requested. She had a submarine tattooed on her higher arm, bubbles popping out of it. "Please," I acknowledged. "Been on the boats? " the girl stated, reducing the beers by way of their necks into the sack, tossing the Pringles in on best. "What, we obtained poker chips caught to us or anything? " Jewel acknowledged, analyzing her chest, operating her arms via her hair. "Ah, you could inform after a while," the lady stated. "People get a glance. i'm going, too. I ain't criticizing. i am most likely going after i am getting off right here this night. " "Yeah? " Jewel acknowledged. "What do you play? " "Slots, in general. I hit 10000 money one evening. subsequent day i am on the orthodontist with my female child. she is going to have the easiest tooth in six counties whilst we are performed. instantly and simply as white as will be. seem like a bath in there. in contrast to me. " She gave us a brief demo of her enamel, that have been brown and crooked and never all current, no longer even part. "That does not glance undesirable at all," Jewel stated, pointing vaguely towards her personal mouth.

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