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The Condemned Paperback – April 5, 2006
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Recommended for fans of Bukowski, Burroughs, Sartre, Camus, Sam Pink, and/or Tao Lin.
The first 100 pages are about the days in a life of a pregnant stripper and the people who interact with her. Her life of drugs and misery is a pornographic train wreck, but a compelling one nonetheless. It gives a glimpse of reality that most people try hard not to acknowledge in, what seems like, the avoidance of some chaotic feeling of dread in the face of disparity.
For people who have not experienced poverty, first or second hand, or a look into the life of 'the real working class' (aside from being serviced by them or not exchanging eye contact on the subway) this book will probably make them feel uncomfortable and maybe even read as vulgar, misogynistic, or asinine in some parts.
To others, like me, coming from a small town, witnessing first hand and learning to respect ways where people survive with tools like drugs, sex, and/or hard work amidst the confusion of Christian conditioning, there's a sad familiarity in identifying with the characters; it chips away defense mechanisms, tempting to make life easier with renderings of denial. (It's good to know who we are in order to become better people as a whole, or individually, which also leads to a better whole.)
The rest of Cicero's novel was just as interesting, but not recommended for people who are only into pop radio, or men who spend too much time comparing the girls they date to their mothers.