Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream

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by Aronofsky, Hubert Selby
     
 

"This modern-day fable is set on the rusted mean streets of Coney Island, Brooklyn. The dual storyline parallels four people who hanker after a better life, in an end-of-the-century America that offers a panoply of addictive, mine-altering possibilities: television, food, sex, drugs, weight loss..." "There's Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn), a lonely, widowed mother who…  See more details below

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"This modern-day fable is set on the rusted mean streets of Coney Island, Brooklyn. The dual storyline parallels four people who hanker after a better life, in an end-of-the-century America that offers a panoply of addictive, mine-altering possibilities: television, food, sex, drugs, weight loss..." "There's Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn), a lonely, widowed mother who dreams of appearing on TV, but spends her days glued to the tube, especially the game shows. She feels overweight and unattractive and her unhappiness isn't helped by her son Harry (Jared Leto), who'll gladly steal Sara's TV set to pawn it for drug money. Harry is a serious junkie. So is his beautiful girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly). So is his best friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans). But these three have their own dreams, of making a big score and opening a store in the city." "Soon their beautiful dreams starts to fall apart and assume horrifying dimensions. Yet Sara, Harry, Marion and Tyrone refuse to abandon hope. And so they plummet downwards with their dreams in a nightmarish, gut-wrenching free-fall."--BOOK JACKET.

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Library Journal
Aronofsky made a lot of industry noise in 1998 with Pi, his critically praised low-budget indie hit and debut feature. For his second film, he collaborated with one of his literary gurus, Hubert Selby Jr., to adapt Selby's 1978 cult classic Last Exit to Brooklyn. Set on the scarred and bleak streets of Coney Island, Brooklyn, the story follows heroin addict and twentysomething Harry Goldfarb (Jared Leto), his smack-snack gorgeous girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly), and running buddy Tyrone (Marlon Wayans) as they conceive a way to score pure heroin. An illuminating interview with Aronofsky prefaces the script, which in the Faber & Faber vein, unlike the Newmarket "Shooting Script," has less detailed camera shots and reads more like a play. For more specialized cinematic collections. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780571206315
Publisher:
Faber and Faber
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.36(d)

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Requiem for a Dream 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched the movie because it was recommended, i read his works because i was impressed. I became very interested in literature and fiction writing after watching Selby's interview (as a special bonus in the movie). Hubert Selby Jr. is my favorite write, i admire and love him with all my heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was awsome i could hardly speak after i was done reading one chpter i couldnt stop i kept reading and reading the movie was also good
Guest More than 1 year ago
fantastic in all dimensions..more then worth reading and seeing
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was a very moving and inspiring novel that teaches many of lifes hardest lessons
Guest More than 1 year ago
Selby's style of writing is amazing. I couldn't put the book down until I was done. Truly amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Requiem for a dream got me to quit drugs that should be enough to convince you to read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best story I have ever read. The characters are great and each one has a part of you in it. I couldn't put the book down, and would recommend it to anyone. It is mind blowing and teaches you a lesson about life too. I know that you will enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyone should see this movie or read this book once (or twice) and pass it on. Great eye-opener for those thinking about trying any drugs. This one has definitely left a scar for life.