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Pimp: The Story of My Life Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1987
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Slim belongs to the knuckle-duster-in-the-face school of storytelling. * * Sunday Times * * Slim always told it as it was, without compromise. -- Irvine Welsh Pimp is hot and frantic, a remarkable tour de force of carnality and violence. * * The Times * * This brutally honest memoir ... is as shocking today as ever. A precursor of 40 years of black-street culture, this is uncompromising and harrowing, but a landmark book nonetheless. * * Big Issue * * Iceberg Slim does for the pimp what Jean Genet did for the thief. * * Washington Post * * Pimp is an eye-boggling netherworld documentary, a tear-arse tale of ferocious emotion, expressed through action. * * Q magazine * * Iceberg Slim always kept it real. It is blatant, uncompromising, and as close to the truth as you can get without going there yourself. -- Ice T --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Robert Beck, who used the moniker Iceberg Slim, was a major-league pimp who enjoyed serious success during the 40s and 50s. He decided to leave the pimping game having served his third and final stretch in jail. He moved to Los Angeles where he straightened out and began a career as a writer. Pimp was originally published in 1967. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The plot is about a man's rise and fall as a pimp in the 1930s and 1940s.
This book is fantastic, Iceburg Slim gives an unflinching, uncensored look at his life, his enviornment, and his actions. I won't spoil the plot further, it'll send you on a roller-coaster of emotions; from sadness to disgust, humor to anger, disbelief at the actions of the justice system, the side characters and Iceburg himself.
It's great, it's sobering, and it's relevant. Read it!
This guy makes the language do things you did not think possible. He makes good use of underworld and black slang but goes further in using combinations of words tableau off the page and puts you in the middle of the action.
This is a powerful book that not only provides insight into the sordid world of prostitution but also the anguish and pain arising from America's racial divide.
Wonderful, wonderful book.
PS I read this because of Dave Chapelle.