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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Holloway House (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870679384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870679384
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Donald Goines (1936-1974) was a career criminal and addict who took up writing during one of his seven prison sentences. Between 1969 and 1974, he published sixteen novels, which are now recognized as almost unbearably authentic portraits of the roughest aspects of the black experience. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Donald Goines was a career criminal and addict who took up writing during one of his seven prison sentences. From 1969 through 1974 he published 16 novels with Holloway House, which are now recognized as blood-soaked and almost unbearably authentic portraits of the roughest aspects of the black experience.

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I read the entire book in one night.
Mrs. Kelly D. Samuel
While not the most literary novel, Dopefiend is very effective and the story is more captivating than many of the most literary novels.
Montage
You feel like you are one of the nameless people in the book beacuse the story just unfolds so easily.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Gayle Jackson Sloan on April 4, 2001
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Whoa. This is truly one DEEEEEEP book. If The Coldest Winter, by Sistah Souljah shows you how the dealers and their families live large (until caught) then this book shows you the effects of using. And I mean down and dirty, in horrifying graphic detail the author tells how a junkie shoots up. What it feels like not to have a fix, how they lie, cheat and steal to get that next fix. I won't lie, this book scared the hell out of me! And anyone who knows somebody who might be even REMOTELY tempted to try that most devastating drug of all, herion, then they should read this book. You'll be afraid to take an asprin!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Todd Hampton on August 14, 2000
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And I've read a few. I believe dopefiend was his first published book and it feels like it. It's about two middle class kids a couple actually that get involved in drugs (heroin). Donald goines striaghforward style and gritty narrativew fits this story perfectly. And the characters... let me say this I hope i never run even remotely like into Piggy in my lifetime. Goines description of him was enough to make my stomach queasy, let along some of the things he does. Donald goines really had an ear for the street life. He mad it real. So real at times when I read this book I almost felt sick reading it. Goines pulls no punches, in fact some of em doubled me over. (the dogs) Not for the faint of heart. if you are easily offended by drug use, violence and a story that doesn't end happily this isn't the book for you. But if your like me and you enjoy a good story that is not only told well but one that look a things in a in a different and exciting way. You'll like this book. This book isn't uplifting but it does teach a lesson, of sorts street style about what really happens to those who become involved in the street life. Dopefiend is about as raw and gritty as it gets. The story isn't a happy but it definetely is a satisfying read.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 1999
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I hate reading and I am a college educated man. But this book totally engrossed me. The detail and vividness of Mr. Goines' writing is amazing! Everyone in life thinks they have some kind of insight in the world of a drug addict. Donald takes three main characters and watches their world unfold. You have the drug dealer, the drug addict, and his girlfriend who is the perfect girl and we watch each life evolve. This book gives you a deeper understanding of the individuals many of us despise and become disgusted with. I have a new understanding of a dopefiend and in many ways feel sorry for them. The book was fabulous. It is a must read, and for anyone who doesn't enjoy the wonderful world of Literture get ready to be entrapped in it. Donald, why did you have to go, many of our peers on the edge must pick up the book and use it as a guide for ceasing and dismissing!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kind of a Movie Fan on June 10, 2006
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Donald Goines is one of my favorite authors of all time. The brotha knows how to bring reality to a novel. I have read all 16 of his books and his biography by Eddie Stone. All of the books were very real, but Dopefiend is the hardest book I have ever read in my life. The first few chapters are harder than any book I have ever read. The book keeps the pressure on and just when you think it can't get any deeper, comes that ending scene where the young woman walks into her friend's (the hooker) room. I would love to see this book made into a movie but unfortunately they would rape it. This is one of those books that is too hard for the big screen. And they would never do that ending scene not in a million years. I had all of his books but these books are meant to be shared and I have lent them all out and never got them back. I will be building up my collection for my soon who is six months old now.

Finally this book should be required reading for so called drug preventative courses.

Does anyone know where to get the Daddy Cool Comic book?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Perez on November 28, 2004
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This is the first Donald Goines book I read. Actually, I read this book for my "Introduction to Urban Studies" class for extra credit. In our class, we were reading about the thriving African-American community that once existed in Detroit from around 1880 to the 1920's. "Dopefiend" vividly illustrates what happened in 1960-1970's Detroit as a result of Urban Renewal (UR) and disinvestment in the inner city. Sadly, it was not a trend limited to Detroit. It was a problem that affected inner cities nationwide. I recommend it to anyone (especially sociology, anthropology, psychology, and history majors out there!). Before reading this book, I thought dopefiends were disgusting. I didn't understand how they could do "that" (shoot up) to themselves. "Dopefiend" helped me understand the psychological, emotional, and physical journey that heroin addicts face. This book is fascinating, tragic, and hard to put down. I highly recommend it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 2001
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I read this book when I was about 14 years old. My dad told me he read Donald Goines when he was locked up and he wanted me to read some. I'll always remember this book because after reading it, I knew I would never ever do heroine. Just reading how the addicts live and how it controls their life made me say that I would never even try it or any other drug. I think all young people should read this book just to see how their life could turn out if they use drugs.
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