An evocative and wildly absorbing novel about the Winters, a family living in New York Citys famed Dakota apartment building in the year leading up to John Lennons assassinationIts the fall of 1979 in New York City when twenty-three-year-old Anton Winter, back from the Peace Corps and on the mend from a nasty bout of malaria, returns to his childhood home in the Dakota. Anto...
|Title||:||The Dakota Winters|
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The Dakota Winters Reviews
The whole of verbalized human interaction,
is a redundancy of self-predicated absurdity,
constantly articulated, time-time, again-again.
NYC, 1977, crazier summer blackout,
Son of Sam, graffiti tagged subway trains,
get mugged, repeat, Studio 54, cocaine.
Setting. The whole country hates New York City.
NYC, true to the cankering state that holds it,
is peopled with besotted, semi-beings,
who skulk the filthy streets trench-footed.
Chris Roberts, God Today
A funny, touching, family-oriented recent-past novel, set in New York City in 1980. That was the year I moved to NYC myself, lived in the general neighborhood, shopped at the same stores, ate at some of the same restaurants, etc. Very nostalgic on many levels, and a highly entertaining read.
The Dakota of the title is the famed apartment building on W. 72nd St. (across from Central Park), home to the Winters family. Patriarch Buddy Winter recently had a nervous breakdown, walked off his popularly ...more
Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame. Imagine what it's like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you're not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two.
That describes Anton Winter's life pretty perfectly. His father, Buddy, was a famous late-night talk show host, and for years Anton, his mother, and his siblings played parts in many of the sketches his father did.
As Anton got older, he played a more crucial ...more
Utterly disappointing. This book could have been so much more. Buddy Winters was a complete loser. Then much time is wasted on being on a sea voyage with John Lennon. The beginning of the book was interesting. I would have enjoyed far more detail on the Dakota, perhaps something happening with one of the neighbors. It felt removed and pointless. Don’t waste your time. Sad, because I wanted to read this book very much.
Really enjoyed up to the non-existent ending. At times there needed to be a better setup for scenes that were heavy on the dialog.
I've been really struggling to describe why I hated this book. I got it in a Secret Santa scenario, and the cover keeps fooling me into thinking it's the Emperor's Children. I've read like 5 books with this cover wanting it to be The Emperor's Children. It's not. Which is really unfair.
It's set in the Dakota in 1980, which was the year John Lennon was shot there. So it's the story of this guy in his 20's, the dad is a Johnny Carson type who has just had a nervous breakdown. He comes and lives wi ...more
Visit the locations in the novel - NYC
The Dakota Winters is a story of the residents of the famous Dakota building in New York. This of course was the very spot where John Lennon and Yoko lived and where he ultimately died in a tragic shooting.
Anton Winter is the narrator of the story and it’s through his eyes we see events leading up to the day of the shooting. He is the son of Buddy Winter who was a famous talk show host and who is now attempting a come back. For a man now surrounded by fame a ...more
Anton Winter is the son of a chat show host who has had a spectacular, and very public, breakdown. He narrates the tale of his father rehabilitation alongside that of the Dakota building's most famous resident, John Lennon. Both men are taking a break from their public personas and are both struggling to find their way back to their place in the limelight.
I enjoyed the story of Buddy the chat show host, as well as the more personal side of John Lennon. Where it fell down for me was when the writ ...more