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Pimp: The Story of My Life Paperback – May 10, 2011
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''One of the greatest black writers in American history.'' --Ice-T
''Pimp is an eye-boggling netherworld documentary, a (--) tale of ferocious emotion, expressed through action.'' -- Q
''The best-known pimp of our time.'' --Washington Post --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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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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It took me awhile to read it, not because it was boring, but because I really didn't understand some of the slang, so I bought the narrated version, it was more enjoyable listening... Read morePublished 6 days ago by D. Minor
I loved this book from beginning to end. Brutal and honest and brilliant us of prose. Will read it again just for the writing.Published 10 days ago by health freedom
It's actually a pretty damn good book.... that's all I could say about itPublished 16 days ago by Kindle Customer
Beautiful story, the connection so electric for me as the reader. Thank you.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer