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Pimp: The Story of My Life Paperback – May 10, 2011
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''The best-known pimp of our time.'' --Washington Post --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As a look into an unknown world, this book is fascinating. As a piece of writing, it certainly expanded my vocabulary. There's a glossary in the back for all the slang, but I found that I didn't even know a lot of the words that weren't included in the glossary, presumably because their meaning is well-known. And for all the sex and brutality in the book, the writing is well-crafted-you know enough, but it's never graphic for the sake of it.
The story itself is basically the life of this pimp, nicknamed Iceberg Slim. He tells you upfront that he was very lucky he didn't end up dead or in jail, as most people of his profession do. The story follows him from a young naïve kid to a wise old pimp at the top of his game. The book was written in the late 60s, but the story runs mostly from the '30s-'50s. From different cities to different jails, from whore to whore, the entire book oozes seediness and grit. It makes very clear that there is nothing glamorous in the life of a pimp.
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WOW! This is not for the faint of heart. Full of details that transport you into the life of a pimp. Couldnt put it down but sometimes hard to turn the page.Published 18 days ago by Ginger
It's reads almost like a journal. But the language /lingo is hard to get use to.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This was a excellent book. Couldn't put it down. The author has a interesting story. Had some suspense at times.Published 1 month ago by Fred
I remember reading this when it came out ears ago and the story still holds up some things have changed but not the basic premisePublished 1 month ago by Roseline Pouinard
Great read , the story was so good that it was the fastest I ever read a book. Very interested had me hooked fro beginning to the end.Published 2 months ago by Justin