I happened upon this book for the Kindle a while back, and just got around to reading it. It was also a big movie a number of years back, and I have some comments about that, too.
by Jack Englehard
Joshua Cantor is a speech writer for what's described as a "corrupt corporation" in the Philadelphia area, married to the gorgeous blond Joan, whose wealthy father comes from the Main Line. Because he doesn't make a huge living, Josh goes to Atlantic City frequently to try to win big. On one such trip, he meets Ibrahim Hassan, a wealthy man from some Arab nation or other, who gambles tens of thousands of dollars or more at a clip; Ibrahim decides that Josh is lucky for him, because whenever Josh is around, Ibrahim wins. Upon meeting Joan, Ibrahim wants to spend a night with her, and is willing to pay them a million dollars for the privilege.
While well written and concise, I found the book distasteful on a number of levels. First, while I understand that some folks enjoy games of chance, I despise anyone who gambles thinking that he will win enough to change his life if he just stays at it long enough. Get out there and get a better job, you bum! I also don't understand a husband even bringing the "indecent proposal" to his wife.
I don't recall the movie making clear that Josh was trying to augment his income to what he thought his wife "deserved" by gambling, but I do recall that the indecent proposal was made by Robert Redford for Demi Moore. I really didn't understand that at all, because Redford was a very handsome man, and pretty brunettes are all over the place. So why did he need to pay for one? At least in the book, the wealthy man was an Arab sheik, for whom gorgeous blondes were nonexistant, so his offer to pay for one, in particular the wife of someone he deemed a "lucky" person, made limited sense.
Still and all, while the book was well written, I didn't much like it. 2.5/5
Maybe a happier review next week!