Last Exit to Brooklyn

Last Exit to Brooklyn

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by Hubert Selby
     
 

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Last Exit to Brooklyn remains undiminished in its awesome power and magnitude as the novel that first showed us the fierce, primal rage seething in America’s cities. Selby brings out the dope addicts, hoodlums, prostitutes, workers, and thieves brawling in the back alleys of Brooklyn. This explosive best-seller has come to be regarded as a classic of

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Last Exit to Brooklyn remains undiminished in its awesome power and magnitude as the novel that first showed us the fierce, primal rage seething in America’s cities. Selby brings out the dope addicts, hoodlums, prostitutes, workers, and thieves brawling in the back alleys of Brooklyn. This explosive best-seller has come to be regarded as a classic of modern American writing.

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"An extraordinary achievement . . . a vision of hell so stern it cannot be chuckled or raged aside.”—The New York Times Book Review

“As dramatic and immediate as the click of a switchblade knife.”—Los Angeles Times

“The raw strength and concentrated power of Last Exit to Brooklyn make it one of the really great works of fiction about the underground labyrinth of our cities.”—Harry T. Moore

Last Exit to Brooklynshould explode like a rusty hellish bombshell over America and still be eagerly read in a hundred years.”—Allen Ginsberg

“Drops like a sledgehammer. Emotionally beaten, one leaves it a different person—slightly changed, educated by pain, as Goethe said.”—The Nation

“Selby has an unerring instinct for honing our collapse into novels as glittering and as cutting as pure, block, jagged glass.”—Saturday Review

“Scorching, unrelenting, pulsing.”—Newsweek

“The marriage of brutal street life and gorgeous bebop prose.” —Richard Price, from his “My Five Most Essential Books,” published in Newsweek (April 13, 2009)

Newsweek
"Scorching, unrelenting, pulsing."
The Nation
"Drops like a sledgehammer. Emotionally beaten, one leaves it a different person -- slightly changed, educated by pain, as Goethe said."
Saturday Review
"Selby has an unerring instinct for honing our collapse into novels as glittering and as cutting as pure, black, jagged glass."
Los Angeles Times
"As dramatic and immediate as the click of a switchblade knife."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802131379
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
119,940
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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Allen Ginsberg
"Last Exit to Brooklyn should explode like a rusty hellish bombshell over America and still be eagerly read in a hundred years."
Harry T. Moore
"The raw strength and concentrated power of Last Exit to Brooklyn make it one of the really great works of fiction about the underground labyrinth of our cities."

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Last Exit to Brooklyn 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The outer fringes of society await you in this powerful story. It is as pertinent today as it must have been 50 years ago. And it will be so in another 50 years. We do not evolve much. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nook didn't make all those typos. That's how the author wrote the book. This book is utterly magnificent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book sucks you in from the very first page and holds you tightly in its grasp until he very end. It covers topics from all sides of despair and is shockingly graphic. The descriptions are meant to curl your toes as ALL details are unvelied without shame. This is the first book of Hubert Selby Jr. and I will be adding to my collection of his stories. I cannot believe this was written so long ago, as the situations addressed are still prevelant in today's society. A page turner from start to finish, this book is DEFINITELY worth your time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book takes you, grabs you and pummels you with images that are hard to forget. Read this book and it will change you forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While reading this novel i had to stop, set the book down and think about the characters. They were with me all day long. He captures the essence and pure desperation of these lonely souls that he has created. Even with his vulgarity and shocking scenes, you still feel. Hands down one of the best books i've read in a really long time
Guest More than 1 year ago
Last Exit To Brooklyn was something that I discovered by accident. It was an interesting read but it should come with a disclaimer. One that details that the text is not for the faint at heart. My friends, read this novel it will offer you insight into a world that you only thought existed today on our mean streets, not those of Brooklyn just after the war.
ILIKEBOOKSANDMOVIES More than 1 year ago
“A vision of hell so stern it cannot be chuckled or raged aside.” The Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby Jr. is a mind field trip of torture and emotional defeat. It’s dramatic and poetic tone drags you through the primal underside of 1950’s Brooklyn, New York, scraping you against the asphalt hastily. The moment you open the book you dive into a back alley cesspool of aggression, anxiety, and exhaustion with no escape. The stories twist inside like a heavy knife so you’re left bleeding out, abandoned in the cruel underbelly of civility full of hookers, gangs, addicts and workers. This book will have you on your knees, humbled by strife, and you will not want to miss out. The Last Exit to Brooklyn is divided into several short stories; each one revolving around a different character and a different view of Brooklyn life. In one story, a group of thugs attack a few U.S. soldiers after hanging out at a cafe. The next part follows a transvestite prostitute in love with an ex-convict, attempting to gain his love in a drug ridden party. We then see a marriage between a mechanic and the daughter of an alcoholic. One of the most popular stories of the book stars the seventeen year old prostitute known as Tralala as she steals money from horny navy officers. Then, a closeted homosexual tries to convince himself he is a man by getting into fights and abusing his wife while on strike at his job. The final story centers around the everyday life of those in the housing projects. Likes: Powerful, loathing, poetic, heart-wrenching, and eye-opening. You will not finish this book the same person as before. I love Selby’s use of the English language as an abstract painting. It allows for new ways to dissolve the reader into an absolute stupor. Dislikes: There are none I think anyone with a stomach should read this. It carries important and relative themes that you will rarely see anywhere else. However, this book is not for children or anyone that can’t handle graphic content. If you enjoyed this, I recommend American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis and The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
to capture life in a bottle... the work of any great writer is to lock up a piece of life in a glass cage and throw it into the ocean that is the world. selby does this. there is not one point in the book that does not make you feel like you could step into its pages and interact with the characters he portrays. it is life, and selby's last exit is a masterpiece. it reads like the spoken language and feels like everday. i would suggest it to anyone who loves great literature.
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So many typos and punctuation issues, I feel like I should get my money back. Its hard to focus on the book's content. Please fix and I will update my review!!!
SDB328 More than 1 year ago
Classic book, but Hard to read on the Nook, way too many typo's.
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