- Hardcover: 317 pages
- Publisher: Holloway House; 1st edition (1969)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003105L5U
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (382 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,110,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pimp The Story of My Life
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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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Beautiful story, the connection so electric for me as the reader. Thank you.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer