The Basketball Diaries

The Basketball Diaries

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by Jim Carroll
     
 

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Jim Carroll's classic about growing up hip on New York's mean streets is now a feature film from Island World Productions and distributed by New Line Cinemas. The Basketball Diaries will open . . .
. . . starring Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio as Jim Carroll. Directed by Scott Kalvert and also starring Lorraine Bracco, Bruno Kirby, Mark Wahlberg (aka

Overview

Jim Carroll's classic about growing up hip on New York's mean streets is now a feature film from Island World Productions and distributed by New Line Cinemas. The Basketball Diaries will open . . .
. . . starring Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio as Jim Carroll. Directed by Scott Kalvert and also starring Lorraine Bracco, Bruno Kirby, Mark Wahlberg (aka Marky Mark), James Maddio, and Michael Imperioli, this electrifying film-and our tie-in edition-is certain to captivate audiences across the country.
The Basketball Diaries chronicles Jim Carroll's alternatively hilarious and horrifying urban coming-of-age from twelve to fifteen. The excerpts published in The Paris Review in the 1970s created a sensation-a response that continues to this day. Here is Carroll prowling the streets of New York-playing basketball, hustling, stealing, getting high, getting hooked, and searching for something pure. Since the period covered in this book, Carroll has become a poet and rock performer of renown, but The Basketball Diaries continues to be the distillation of the Carroll charms-wised-up wit, free-wheeling rebellion, and intense vision.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140100181
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/1987
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
145,505
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Jim Carroll’s bestselling memoir The Basketball Diaries was first released in 1978 and adapted as a film in 1995. Carroll’s work includes several collections of poetry as well as a asecond memoir, Forces Entries: The Downtown Diaries 1971-1973. As the leader of The Jim Carroll Band he released three albums as well as several spoken word recordings. He died in New York City on September 11, 2009.

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The Basketball Diaries 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an extraordinarily powerful book.
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309smoke More than 1 year ago
Saw the movie, liked it so much I bought the book. The book was as good as the film or better. I'll make my boys read it. Will keep on shelf permantly.
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XmacAttack More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully written book about an ugly subject, teen drug abuse. Jim Carroll had so much going for him with his talents on the basketball court, yet sacrifies it all for the next high or low. It is compelling to read how low a junkie will sink to get his next fix. While not the worst story in terms of drug use, what drives this story is Carroll's truely talented writing. It is amazing that this was written by a young man between the ages of 12 and 15.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
can some one help me is this book base of the movie????
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE BASKETBALL DIARIES is basically the story, or rather the 'diary' of poet laureate Jim Carroll, sometime between when he was about 12 to 16 years of age. Now, this is a serious novel, involving drug abuse and how the author survived---somewhat like 'A Million Little Pieces' only true and younger. Carroll, in his youth, seemed to have a 'anything for a high or laugh' type of ethic, or lack thereof. He buddy-buddies around with some not-so-great characters and basically we get to watch his life go down the toilet. Mainline heroin addiction is no laughing matter, and some of the book is harrowing, but this is much more than just the story of a junkie. The writing is wonderful and the dialogue is real. The story is funny and heart-breaking. The book is basically very good. I'm actually haunted by some of it, even writing this. The only other book I enjoyed this much recently was McCrae's Katzenjammer with its funny and sad look at getting taken advantage of. Sad but true.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the ultimate New York City tale of drug addiction and survival in the mean streets. Told in a diary-like format, this book remains Carroll's supreme achievement. It's absolutely authentic and real and depicts one's person hellish coming-of-age. High recommended. But be advised, there is no happy ending here. No Hollywood 'feel good' character arc. This book is both brutal and beautiful. It's packed with great writing. Don't miss it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book that is full of laughs and surprises. It clearly documents the life of a Catholic boy growing up in the streets of New York. A great title for anyone looking for an easy read with entertainment left and right.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was incredible. I read it when I was in grade 6 and i'm now entering high school and I read it all the time. I think it gives major insight and its interesting to read about life from someone else's perspective. This perspective is...amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! Jim Carroll's language (crude as it sometimes is) is beautiful and flowing; always quietly poetic. He's an awsome writer!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Baskeball Diaries tops my list of favorite books. I reccomend it to anyone who is interested in gaining insight on city life and drug addiction. However, for anyone who may have seen the movie, it is awful! Leonardo DiCaprio does not do justice to Jim Carroll's fine prose, nor does the cinematography, direction, or screenplay.
Guest More than 1 year ago
read it and you will see how good it is
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book two days ago and I have already read it twice. It is an awesome book for someone who is between the ages of 13-18. It talks about drugs, friends, family, school, church and all of the stuff that we have to go through. And what is best of all about it is that it was written when he was our age, not when he was older looking back. Of all of the people that I know who have read it, most have said that it makes them not want to try drugs, but a few have also said that it made them kindof want to try it, which I can't understand because it shows what can really happen to a heroin addict. But this book is awesome and I plan to read it over and over! Oh and by the way, if you can't handle tough subjects or language then I am not sure you would want to read it, but I think everyone should either way! HAVE FUN!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very interesting and gave alot of good details. Some people may not be interested in it because of the fact it discusses drugs and sex alot. But I liked it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie The Basketball Diaries starring my favorite actor Leonardo DiCaprio before reading the book and it totally caught my attention. I completely loved the movie and I recommended it to all my friends and after watching it, they loved it too. It kept me from falling asleep the whole way through. I loved the movie because it shows you how their mind is in a drug addict as if you were in them. That is why I bought the book (full price plus tax) in my local bookstore and I loved it too! Jim Carroll is a great author. I recommend this book and the GREAT movie to everybody.