The Last Carousel

Overview

The fiction and reportage included in The Last Carousel, one of the final collections published during Nelson Algren's lifetime, was written on ships and in ports of call around the world, and includes accounts of brothels in Vietnam and Mexico, stories of the boxing ring, and reminiscences of Algren's beloved Chicago White Sox, among other subjects. In this collection, not just Algren's intensity but his diversity are revealed and celebrated.
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Overview

The fiction and reportage included in The Last Carousel, one of the final collections published during Nelson Algren's lifetime, was written on ships and in ports of call around the world, and includes accounts of brothels in Vietnam and Mexico, stories of the boxing ring, and reminiscences of Algren's beloved Chicago White Sox, among other subjects. In this collection, not just Algren's intensity but his diversity are revealed and celebrated.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This 1973 volume was reprinted along with Algren's 1986 The Neon Wilderness. Together they offer both short stories and nonfiction pieces dealing with the baser elements of life presented by someone who knew them well. Classic Returns, LJ 10/15/97
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781888363456
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1997
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 435
  • Sales rank: 728,924
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Recipient of the first National Book Award for The Man with the Golden Arm and lauded by Hemingway as “one of the two best authors in America,” NELSON ALGREN (1909-1981) remains one of our most defiant and enduring novelists. His body of work includes five major novels, two short fiction collections, a book-length poem, and several collections of reportage—one of the most substantial of any American writer.
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Table of Contents

Dark Came Early in That Country 1
Could World War I Have Been a Mistake? 18
Otto Preminger's Strange Suspenjers 21
I Never Hollered Cheezit the Cops 37
The Mad Laundress of Dingdong-Daddyland 45
The Leak That Defied the Books 63
Tinkle Hinkle and the Footnote King 69
Hand in Hand Through the Greenery: with the grabstand clowns of arts and letters 74
Come In If You Love Money 83
Brave Bulls of Sidi Yahya 97
I Know They'll Like Me in Saigon 111
Airy Persiflage on the Heaving Deep 117
No Cumshaw No Rickshaw 125
Letter from Saigon 131
What Country Do You Think You're In? 138
Police and Mama-sans Get It All 144
Poor Girls of Kowloon 151
After the Buffalo 164
The Cortez Gang 178
The House of the Hundred Grassfires 192
Previous Days 209
Epitaph: The Man with the Golden Arm 225
The Passion of Upside-Down-Emil: A Story from Life's Other Side 226
Merry Christmas Mr. Mark 229
I Guess You Fellows Just Don't Want Me 231
Everything Inside Is a Penny 236
The Ryebread Trees of Spring 250
Different Clowns for Different Towns 257
Go! Go! Go! Forty Years Ago 262
Ballet for Opening Day: The Swede Was a Hard Guy 268
A Ticket on Skoronski 299
Ode to an Absconding Bookie 311
Bullring of the Summer Night 314
Moon of the Arfy Darfy 352
Watch Out for Daddy 367
The Last Carousel 398
Tricks Out of Times Long Gone 429
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