I’m sure that there must have been a thread or two discussing this book, but the #*(#)#ing search function won’t let me include the word “down” in my search and I therefore get skillions of pages of results, so screw it, I’m posting a new thread.
Ahem. Anyway. I’m currently about a third of the way through the book Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich, purportedly a true story of a group of MIT students that won millions in Vegas casinos by forming card-counting teams. The author has chosen to write the story in sort of an overblown, purple-prose kind of way, and a lot of it just really rings false to me. Particularly most of the dialogue (he has long sections of expository dialogue that just seem completely unrealistic) and the stuff written from the viewpoint of the main character, Kevin Lewis. I also note that the author has written six other books, all of which are fiction novels.
I want the story to be true, partially because my skepticism is preventing me from fully enjoying the book. Does anyone have details about whether or not this is actually a true story and unfolded in the way it does in the book?
And one additional note: Does Boston’s Chinatown really cover five square miles? That seems kind of… large. Relevant quoted text from book:
(Also, ya see what I mean about the purple prose?)