Last Exit to Brooklyn

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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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Overview

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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802131379
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 134,288
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 8.21 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    An Outstanding Book

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Bad for Nook

    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!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    Hard to read on NOOK

    Classic book, but Hard to read on the Nook, way too many typo's.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

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    Nook didn't make all those typos. That's how the author wrote the book. This book is utterly magnificent.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2009

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    WHAT a ride!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2002

    brilliant!

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2002

    Shocking!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2001

    Graphic but Good

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2004

    the book need's no headline it is to great

    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

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