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From Publishers Weekly

In this fiction follow-up to his well-received memoir, Monster, Shakur produces a visceral and strikingly real portrayal of gang life in Los Angeles, replete with sudden and inexplicable violence, revenge, betrayal, ostentatious living, racism, the strong arm of law enforcement, drugs, love and loyalty indistinguishably blurred. Protagonist Lapeace Shakur, a high-ranking Crip, is forced to live as a fugitive when his longtime archenemy, Anyhow, a high-ranking Blood, is arrested and tortured until he confesses about Lapeace's involvement in a fatal shooting. When the word on the street comes back that there was a videotape of the shooting, it leads to the deaths of several gang bangers and some of the cops on Lapeace's trail. Shakur is better than anyone else in the street lit game at making his characters feel like real people, even if the psychology is sometimes ham-fisted. This gang life novel is the real deal. (Aug.)
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Four years ago, Shakur wrote the best-selling Monster, chronicling gang life on the streets of Los Angeles. In his fiction debut, he again takes the reader into the life of South Central L.A. gangs. Lapeace, an associate of the Crips, gets into an exceptionally bloody shoot-out with Anyhow, a member of the Bloods. The two have been rivals since childhood and see the eight innocent civilians killed in the shoot-out as collateral damage. A pair of corrupt detectives, John Sweeney and Jesse Mendoza, track down the shooters. On the run, Lapeace takes refuge with Tashima, a beautiful hip-hop mogul with a weakness for gangster types but an insight into the plight and struggle of such men. Lapeace’s relationship with Tashima reflects his own propensity for and interest in business success—and legitimacy—beyond the street level. But with associates like Sekou, the streets always seem necessary for survival. This fascinating novel reflects the raw violence and moral ambiguities of street gangs and the cops who police them. --Vernon Ford
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; 1St Edition edition (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802118712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802118714
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,414,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I think it should be mandatory reading for high school students.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Jenkins on July 23, 2008
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Gangsterism Continues in this gripping "partially" fictional account of Sanyika's experiences post Monster. Having read some of the inferior works which were inspired by the commercial success of "Monster" the autobiography, it was refreshing to see the talent and originality which earned Sanyika critical acclaim back on display. T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. is no less dramatic as life in the hood provides enough drama filled moments for a hundred books.

Love, loyalty, deceit, anguish, pain, hope, disappointment and confusion are as much the focus as the assortment of crooked cops, gang rivals and assortment of characters from ETG. The main character is LaPeace an older more focused version of the infamous Monster. The reference being to the state of living the author has been forced into as he struggles to escape his notorious past. La being Swahili for No coupled with peace.

The author also deals openly with the pain of a failed marriage making little effort to conceal the identity of his ex-wife Tamu from LaPeace's unfaithful mate Tammy. He talk's about his concern for his children and his search and desire to find true love. Of course his loyalty to his hood remain a central focus and we are introduced to a new generation of homies from ETG. Crazy De, Diamond, Sidewinder, Tray-Stone, Tray-Ball, Mad Bone and Lil Spike are mentioned in passing as a reminder of the reverence and esteem in which they are held by the author. Tiny and Sista Monster, Lil, Baby, Tiny Stag, Sista Sodi, Sekou and a variety of new personas round out the cast.

One of the most interesting portions of the book is the authors explanation of the shooting of Tupac Shakur.
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By keith on October 6, 2009
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if you looking for this book to be like the book monster. it isn't, this book is nowhere near it. reading this book made me think of how L.A. is now.
the book is a good read to me. people that started off friends ended up being enemies for life. one always trying to out due the other. sets that was cool before, now enemies within the crips. a lot of music is talked about all thru the book. the one crooked cop in the book, i was so happy when someone took him out. i'm a marine myself, he pissed me off.
just don't based the book off monster or you will not like it.
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Sanyika has gone above and beyond to bring us a peek into the modern day life of gangster who is tough but also slowing down with street banging. Mr. Shakur is extremely detailed in his descriptions and is a master at painting an image of exactly whats going on. Thug life is a very cool fiction book and I would reccommend this book to anybody who enjoys hip-hop, action, crime, hood life and hairy situations that can turn any which way. I am very happy I purchasd this book.
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I was a huge fan of his autobiography so I felt the need to read this book too. He's truly a talented writer and this book is an easy read although fiction; which I do not prefer. It shows love exists even in lives where people have to live everyday and show no emotion. If you buy this you'll love it too. Who would guess a former gangbanger had all this in him too. Wish u the best San. I hope you find happiness too one day despite all your demends!!
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By N. Baker on May 5, 2014
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Monster was one of the prolific, well-written, in-your-face books in history. I think it should be mandatory reading for high school students. But that was Mr. Shakur's personal story and perceptions on life. This piece of crap is a terrible written, generic piece of garbage. The dialogue is forced and unbelievable. The story id ludicrous. The characters are shallow and have been seen in millions of other crappy "hood story" books. the author attemps and fails miserably to intertwine his philosophies that he presented towards the end of "Monster" into the story, having all characters saying words like "overstand" and "new Afrikkans". He is so unoriginal that he steals half of the story of Death Row records and just throws it in there, but in this book Death Row still exists and the main character- LaPeece- is sleeping with a woman who is an executive at a rival record company. Please, I beg you, don't waste your time and ESPECIALLY your money on this steaming pile of excrement
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Read this book in 3 days. Reason being to good to put down. I live in the Hood and know the area all to well to actually read it about all these events gives you a insider look into a Gangster perspective. A moment in the Book that really stuck with me is when Lapeace tells his Aunt and his girl how Asari pronounce his last name "Shakur".
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By Arielle Coleman on February 25, 2013
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While this may not be my absolute favorite book, it has been a great read. Like many series the first book is always better but this is a good follow up.
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