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Slats Grobnik and some other friends Hardcover – 1973

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  • Hardcover: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; 1st edition (1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525204954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525204954
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This initial collection of top columns by Chicago Newspaperman Mike Royko (1932-1997) is well worth reading. Royko had a knack for mixing humor and seriousness, as is clearly demonstrated by this early collection from the 1960's and early 1970's. Royko saw Chicago as somewhat rough and cynical, made up of little people, ruled partly by crooks, a troubled yet vibrant place to live. Royko was not impressed by power or position, he took on arrogance, charlatans, and stuffed shirts, and he displayed sympathy for stressed-out workers, minorities, drunks, little people, and anybody that got a raw deal. Royko used his alter ego Slats Grobnik to make serious points, all the while keeping his humorous touch. Readers might also enjoy other collections of Royko columns, including SEZ WHO SEZ ME, DR. KOOKIE, ONE MORE TIME, etc.
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The center of Mr. Royko's universe was his column and it shows. He spent a great deal of time sweating blood over each editorial. The pieces are dripping with sarcasm, insight, a dollop of goofiness and a great deal of heart. The notorious grumpy pants had a knack for using his prose in the defense of the downtroddened. Blunt and outrageously funny, there isn't a bad column in the whole lot. However, it should be noted that Mr. Royko was a product of his times. Politically-correct readers will probably take offense at some of his critiques. If you are able to avoid placing present-day mores into the 1960s' and early 70s' standards then you'll be in for a real treat. Read Mr. Royko for the sheer joy of watching an artist at work.
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There is only one Slats Grobnik, just like there was only one Mike Royko. An excellent book-Not only humorous but also contains many common sense messages. If you like Mike Royko, you must get this!
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A down-home and folksy rendition of life in Chicago during period from the late 1940's and into the 1970's; his portrayal of daily life in the neighborhoods of the City are spot-on. Excellent read!
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All of Mike's work is so timely and entertaining and informative. Mike has given me many years of reading pleasure.
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