Lunch at the Gotham Cafe -- Spoilers

Discussion in 'Everything's Eventual' started by GuesssWho, Mar 15, 2014.

  1. GuesssWho

    GuesssWho New Member

    Every time I read that story I burst out laughing. Is it just me, or is there something innately hilarious about lines like 'all the radios on Coney Island don't measure up to dat dog, you motherf***er'?
     
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  2. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Angel in Devil's Shoes, Salvation in the Blues

    Sai King definitely has a way with words. It's rare that I don't find myself cracking up at least once or twice while reading one of his stories. :lol:
     
  3. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    And I think his wife Tabby loves playing the straight man to his Groucho!
    (excellent sense of humour!)
     
  4. GuesssWho

    GuesssWho New Member

    I just about died laughing with that one, though. The way that the couple make Guy look sane, the total babble, all of it.
     
  5. mustangclaire

    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    I really enjoyed this tale. He reminded me of Basil Fawlty. (For my American friends, google. Very funny).
     
  6. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    That waiter guy...or is it the maitre-d?...is a bit like the Crimson King, no? That eeeeeee-exclamation? That's all I got. :(
     
  7. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...King has always had a knack for assimilating current vernacular into his tales...
     
  8. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    We got Basil over here - it was called Fawlty Towers and one time they rearranged the letters on the sign to read "Farty Towels" - I love John Cleese! (and the woman who played his wife was a perfect foil for him).

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  9. Bev Vincent

    Bev Vincent Well-Known Member

    This is one of my favorite shots from the filming of our Dollar Baby adaptation:

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  10. booklover72

    booklover72 very strange person

    Hey mustangclaire, i remember that too. going back a few years. BBC saturday night. Loved the spanish waiter que que. p.s i fancied Sybil??????????????????
     
  11. mustangclaire

    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    Just re-read this. King really DOES nail the quitting tobacco symptoms. I totally get what he meant by the two phases, the second period of mental withdrawal being much longer, including forgetfulness and a feeling of mild unreality. I totally suffered that big time! Cracking story.
     
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  12. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    Great story, with many lines that crack me up.

    F*%k Cousin Brucie, F*%k you!

    You Boinker! Or maybe it was Boinger that he called me. It doesn't matter, I know that. But late at night the little questions haunt me as much as the big ones.
     
  13. Kurben

    Kurben Well-Known Member

    Yeah. That waiter was great. But it almost ruined his career. Noone saw Andrew Sachs anymore, they only saw Manuel, the waiter from Barcelona. I only have to think of some the scenes in fawlty Towers to start laughing. For me it is the funniest TV-series aired.
     
  14. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Fawlty Towers is hilarous. But the waiter in Gotham Cafe was just scary. I never saw the dollar baby adaptation and I'm kind of glad. It might ruin both of them for me.
     
  15. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    Whenever I was a chef in a high-end eatery and wanted to kick some snooty french waiter in the arse, I would think of this story and laugh.
     
  16. rudiroo

    rudiroo Well-Known Member

    Great story, but I can't get past my inner (too-scared-can't-move) wuss to get into the humour.
    But I can see the humour.

    And I do ask myself 'what would I do, if this was really going down?'
     
  17. Scratch

    Scratch Well-Known Member

    This is an intense character reveal. The unexpected happens and how the characters respond strips them down to the bare essentials of who they are. The wife is a piece of work. I did wonder what the husband could have done (type A know it all?) to cause such hatred but by the end I realized that no matter what it was short of killing her pet or raping her sister the amount of animosity was likely unwarranted and a definite flaw all her own. I've known women who have seemingly changed, hardened into some stranger when they wished to break up and blame the other person though they knew well it was their own fault.

    One of the flaws of the husband is revealed though. For the sake of face and figure he could ignore some seriously messed up flaws in the person he is supposed to be closest to in the world. I winced at that one seeing a bit of my younger self. I think by the end he wised up. I like to think he will now examine his shallow behavior in picking a mate. Perhaps the next poor choice will be avoided.

    The people in this are unfortunately completely believable.
     
  18. GuesssWho

    GuesssWho New Member

    The guy is pretty f**ked up too. Self-destructive, petty, and by the end of it you get the distinct feeling that he's going to be the next one to explode. He even starts getting the squeal going in his head . . .
     
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  19. Scratch

    Scratch Well-Known Member

    He did seem to be trying the role on but empathy- remember he wondered what could cause the fellow to snap- is more a trait of the sane. The truely psychotic are in their own world with no desire to leave it. Self- destructive I'll give you. Youth itself for most guys is a self-destructive process. Women are wiser but for many of them too. The petty I somehow missed. Shallow absolutely, but it's the kind you get over if you are smart. He did not seem dumb to me.

    The eeeee eeeee eeeee aside from being effective is the theme from psycho though so... hmmm.

    Ah the slap was petty revenge. That it? Propensity for violence too though without that they would not be alive no matter how the exwife strove insanely to deny it. To me the slap seemed a poor response to her insane hatred.
     
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  20. GuesssWho

    GuesssWho New Member

    What does empathy have to do with sanity? It's perfectly possible to, oh, decide the world needs to be euthanized.
     
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