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Last Exit to Brooklyn (Evergreen Book) Paperback – January 13, 1994
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As dramatic and immediate as the click of a switchblade knife.”Los Angeles Times
The raw strength and concentrated power of Last Exit to Brooklyn make it one of the really great works of fiction about the underground labyrinth of our cities.”Harry T. Moore
Last Exit to Brooklynshould explode like a rusty hellish bombshell over America and still be eagerly read in a hundred years.”Allen Ginsberg
Drops like a sledgehammer. Emotionally beaten, one leaves it a different personslightly changed, educated by pain, as Goethe said.”The Nation
Selby has an unerring instinct for honing our collapse into novels as glittering and as cutting as pure, block, jagged glass.”Saturday Review
Scorching, unrelenting, pulsing.”Newsweek
The marriage of brutal street life and gorgeous bebop prose.” Richard Price, from his My Five Most Essential Books,” published in Newsweek (April 13, 2009)
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"An extraordinary achievement,...a vision of hell so stern it cannot be chuckled or raged aside."--The New York Times Book Review
"As dramatic and immediate as the click of a switchblade knife."--Los Angeles Times
"The raw strength and concentrated power of Last Exit to Brooklyn make it one of the really great works of fiction about the underground labyrinth of our cities."--Harry T. Moore
"Last Exit to Brooklyn should explode like a rusty hellish bombshell over America and still be eagerly read in a hundred years."--Allen Ginsberg
"Drops like a sledgehammer. Emotionally beaten, one leaves it a different person-slightly changed, educated by pain, as Goethe said."--The Nation
"Selby has an unerring instinct for honing our collapse into novels as glittering and as cutting as pure, black, jagged glass."--Saturday Review
"Scorching, unrelenting, pulsing."--Newsweek
Hubert Selby, Jr. was born in Brooklyn in 1928. Last Exit to Brooklyn, his first novel, was originally published in 1964. He has since written five other novels, The Room, The Demon, Requiem for a Dream, and The Willow Tree, and a collection of short stories, Song of the Silent Snow. Mr. Selby lives in Los Angeles.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is a series of loosely related stories of varying length taking place in the tenements of Brooklyn. Many of the incidents center around an odius local bar known as "the Greeks" and its patrons. The longest story, "Strike" is about a long and ugly labor dispute and its effect on Harry, a worker and the strike organizer, on his marriage and on his sense of sexual identity. The story is detailed, sordid, violent, and fascinating. Other stories explore the world of cheap hookers, transvestites, drug users, petty crooks and drunks. The stories are raw told in a crude language of the streets appropriate to their subject matter.
The book reminded me of the early work of probably my favorite novelist, the Victorian writer George Gissing, in its concentration of the underlife in our cities. There is little of the express vulgarity and sexual crudity in the Victorian writer, but I think Gissing and Selby would have understood each other nonetheless.
This book is a disturbing picture of low life, partly written in the language and mores of its times but transcending that. There is little in the way of hope or love in the book and I think that the author wants to show us the consequences of a lack or hope and love. It is a book that in a materialist age can teach compassion in a language and style that pulls for attention. It is very sad, but the book invites and demands reflection. It shows us what is missing. This is probably a book that will be remembered in the literary history of America.
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Experimental fiction, violence is emotional, I love the writer, some people get nauseated and give up.Published 5 days ago by CHARLES MERCER III
I started this book a while ago in a place where I couldn't bring it with me when I left. This reading is not for the average person, it is a very raw and capturing subject,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Theodore Pemberton
I am an English Literature major and this is the first book I have ever thought about throwing in the trash.Disgusting! Wendy BusbyPublished 2 months ago by Doug Reedy
A good read as I was born and raised in the Bronx NY and was able to keep in step with the drummer.Published 3 months ago by Charles W. Tillinghast
Stark and raw. Very realistic and not sugar coated. Just as dark as his other works, and very, very good.Published 4 months ago by Shawna M