Guys and Dolls
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Guys and Dolls
Damon Runyon
Humor
Jul 31, 2018
Told by an unnamed but well-connected narrator who knows his way around racetracks, delicatessens, and assorted dens of high- and low-life, Runyon’s tales travel from the street-smart to the sentimental with unrelenting attention to the human comedy. Their narrative charm has no better validation than the number of films based on them: to mention just a few, Lady for a Day (three versions); Little Miss Marker (four versions, beginning with the one that launched Shirley Temple’s stardom); The Lemon Drop Kid (two versions). Runyon’s world and characters were also the inspiration for one of the greatest American musicals, Frank Loesser’s Guys and Dolls. For all their cinematic and theatrical adaptation, the tales remain an undiluted pleasure when encountered on the page.
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Mar 26, 2019
hell, anything by Damon Runyon is a delight
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