Last Exit to Brooklyn: A Novel [NOOK Book]

Overview

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

A classic of postwar American literature, Last Exit to Brooklyn created shockwaves upon its release in 1964 with its raw, vibrant language and startling revelations of New York City?s underbelly. 
 
The prostitutes, drunks, addicts, ...

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Last Exit to Brooklyn: A Novel

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Overview

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

A classic of postwar American literature, Last Exit to Brooklyn created shockwaves upon its release in 1964 with its raw, vibrant language and startling revelations of New York City’s underbelly. 
 
The prostitutes, drunks, addicts, and johns of Selby’s Brooklyn are fierce and lonely creatures, desperately searching for a moment of transcendence amidst the decay and brutality of the waterfront—though none have any real hope of escape. 
 
Last Exit to Brooklyn offers a disturbing yet hauntingly sensitive portrayal of American life, and nearly fifty years after publication, it stands as a crucial and masterful work of modern fiction. 
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Hubert Selby Jr. including rare photos from the author’s estate.

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Editorial Reviews

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: 9781453235393
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 12/13/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 70,237
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author



Hubert Selby Jr. (1928–2004) was a celebrated author of nine novels, including the classic bestseller Last Exit to Brooklyn. His other novels include Requiem for a Dream, The Room, and The Demon. Selby’s fiction, which was championed by writers such as William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, was noted for its gritty portrayal of addiction and urban despair, and has influenced generations of authors, artists, and musicians. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Selby died in Los Angeles in 2004.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2008

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    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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