Bright Lights, Big City - Chapter One, It's Six A. M. Do You Know Where You Are? Summary & Analysis

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Bright Lights, Big City narrates a few disastrous days in the life of an aspiring young writer in the swirling, madcap world of young, upwardly mobile Manhattan in the 1980s. The book's narrator, plagued by a failed marriage and an unnamed sense of loss and guilt, watches helplessly from the distance of a cocaine-induced haze as he proceeds to squander his prestigious job and all sense of dignity and self-respect. Under the cover of an ironic sensibility, impervious to his surroundings, he plunges deeper into an abyss of nightclubs, shallow conversation, sex and drugs.

The narrator opens his story in a downtown Manhattan disco, Heartbreak or Lizard Lounge, at an unspecified hour of the early morning. He addresses himself as "You" and seems bewildered to find himself in a conversation with a strange, bald and tattooed woman...

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