Banished to the Ribbons of Concrete

Banished to the Ribbons of Concrete

by Jack Vink

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ISBN-13: 9781410751041
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 12/28/2003
Pages: 672
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.35(d)

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Banished to the Ribbons of Concrete 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Jack's book while I have been going through my own personal hell, and reading of his adventures on the open road, getting food and gas 'his way' and sleeping with just his blanket and his memories helped me to get through it all. I thank Jack for the inspiration he has been to so many of us out here in the hinterlands. What a truly fine writer ! He captures the importance of little things and the unimportance of what we all make the mistake of believing are the big things. Thanks a million Jack !
Guest More than 1 year ago
This author just might live Somewhere Over The Rainbow because his style is so brillant and his stories of life so colorful. Never have I enjoyed a book just for the reading alone. Like everyone else said, it was hard to put down. I saw him once on television being interview about Banished to the Ribbons of Concrete two years ago and thought what a lovely man the way he looked and spoke about that all evasive thing we call love. I happened to be browsing at a Barnes and Noble and came across his book and remembered him and picked up the book. The book is as big as a metrolpolitan telephone directory but by the time you read it you want it to be longer. Truly enjoyed Jack Vink the author and his wonderful autobiography Banished to the Ribbons of Concrete.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kudos to a man who bares his soul without worry of criticism from others. What is the next chapter in his life?...Jack may be, after all, the 'Angel' who sacrificed himself so that his associates, friends and lovers were protected from harm, no matter what he experienced. They lacked trust in him which he continued to hold fast in them. Sometimes life teaches hard lessons.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an exciting, exhilirating, compelling, exhausting story that is highly recommended by me for anyone. It is a great thriller, a good story, but also sensitive and romantic and geographical. I rooted for Jack and wanted to learn more. I do not want to tell you the end but it is a zinger. This book is a metaphor for me and an inspiration. I know that the third part is being made into a movie however i also can see it as an FX series or HBO type show. The characters are all either scary, malevolent or worthy people. Jack is complex, which a modern day hero should be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Author Jack Vink leads the reader on a modern day odessey to the underbelly of America in this visceral account of love and betrayal. The book is at times evocative of a Shakespearean tragedy as the author recounts a tale that begins with him enjoying a life rich in love, wealth, personal achievement, and friendship and ends with him stripped of most of what he possessed. If this were a fictionalized account, perhaps from this tragedy a happy ending might be possible. But alas, readers, this is real life and it is harsh, cruel, and unrelenting as Jack is forced to outwit and escape from the forces that have him in their unlucky grip. Nevertheless, the man that is forged from these harrowing experiences is honed of different material from the one who begins this journey on page one. It is an amazing read and one that will keep you completely enthralled from the first chapter to the last.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the better books I have read in the last few years. The stories he writes about are excellent but it is the way he writes that will make you never forget them. They say the good Lord made no rock harder than a woman's brest once she has been scorned. If that is the case then this author dearly illustrates that the good Lord made no razor blade sharper than a man's tongue once he has been scorned. Loved Banished to the Ribbons of Concrete.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This writer is special in the ways of the heart. You hear his word deep within your own heart. You feel his pain and you feel his glory. I great book on the subject of betrayal and redemption.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book waas recommended to our reading club and I can see why. It reads like a love novel yet is the autobiography of Jack Vink, a man who was tormented by a tall lady with blue eyes. I love the way this author writes. Every night I take his book to bed with me to continue our journey across America. He has the knack of getting into your subconscious and fill up your senses with love, heartache, pain and sorrow. Never has a book affected me like this one, I cried many many and then cried again when I finished it, I didn't want the story to end. If all men were like Mr. Vink the world would be a much better place, at least for women it would. Banished to the Ribbons of Concrete was a look back of the splendor in the grass we have all felt. I do recommend this book for everyone, especially guys so they will also know that true love does exist out there somewhere. Jack Vink is my new hero.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Banished to the Ribbons of Concrete is a mystery by itself. I have not heard much about this author yet he captured my heart by the time I read the first chapter of his most revealing autobiography. The story you see in clarity, so clear in scope you actually get to know this man personally. You either love or hate him, but one thing for sure, you will not soon forget him. I thought it to be a wonderful read but it is the way he tells his adventures that you will always remember. I do recommend this book with a five star rating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read this book in only a few days. Great book, great autobiography and a great read. This author writes with pure raw emotion and catches you in his web of story weaving. He can come and save me anytime. I look like Linda Carter, 'Wonder Woman' as did his true love Diane.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vink's autobiography chronicles the hell he went through while spending four years on the road with no money and no friends. Betrayed by his true love, his spirit is almost broken, his physical and mental well-being is pushed to the limit and he almost sells his soul to the devil. The reader has a catbird seat with description so vivid throughout this large volume of work you feel as if transported in time to sit besides this man as he journeys into and out of hell many times. During his fitfull nights of tossing and turning while he sleeps, nightmares become so real that some kind of elemental force seeps into your body. You experience his pain and with him pray for salvation. This true story is a vivid journey into a turbulent heart that has nowhere to go, just endless miles of driving to nowhere with only his memories of a better time to keep this banished man company. There are so many beautiful stories told by this most remarkable author you certainly do not want the book to end. I recommend this book and wait with anticipation for his next book of the trilogy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a true story that will send chills up your spine, tears down your cheeks, smiles across your face and most importanly give you a sense of your inner-self. It took several weeks to complete this large book even reading for several hours every night, I could not put it down. The author Jack Vink is a writer who writes from his experiences and his broken heart. Definitely one of the best books I have held in my hands. You are with this banished man and get to know him as your brother, lover or best friend. You feel his pain and sorrow yet he always sees the best around him. The book is about betrayal from a woman named Diane. This is a man who had it all but gave it up in the name of love. From living in an estate to living in deserted shacks he finds while driving around the country. No money, no friends, and no resouces he is forced to find the basic ingredients of life in order to survive. A chilling tale of what can go wrong in a relationship and destroy a soul who just didn't want to let go. It is a great book for any romantic to read, especially since it is a true story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Banished to the Ribbons is such a story of a White Knight, true to his belief of true love. This Knight travels the back roads of America in search of his lady in waiting. It seems nothing disturbs him or will mislead him from his destiny to meet her. This autobiography is about Jack Vink, a real person who goes through the portals of hell in his search. There was a time in his life he thought he was happy with his Lady Diane, but is betrayed by her. The knife she stuck into his heart would have killed most but it only hardened his desire to find another. As you read this true story sometimes it is hard to believe what this author writes. Many of us, most of us, would not have the internal fortitude to endure the punishment that was thrown upon him during his search. It shows America in the raw. I enjoyed it, all of it, all 239 chapters. The final few chapters ties the entire story together and brings the reader to understand that hate only darkens your own heart. You must let it go to crossover into the light of day and to continue your life. This author has done that, he now lives in the sunshine and no longer in that dark, deep, demonic abyss he describes so brilliantly in his autobiography, Banished to the Ribbons of Concrete.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, I too felt I was there with author Jack Vink enjoying vicariously the thrills and the chills, and knowing this would be my only entry into the world of this wonderful writer. Is he a 'road warrior' or even Jack Kerouac, reincarnated to write another cruising classic, On The Road tale? Each author's writing style is the same, their subject matter is the same and even their staccato rhythm of the words, creating improvised rhythmic magic on every page, with little, if any pucntuation, is almost identical. There is more to Banished to the Ribbons of Concrete than those similarities, it is the ULTIMATE ROAD TRIP! The book crisscrosses the country so many times you may get dizzy. Vink know how to tweak the reader's interest and reach those dark secrets of evil we all carry in our subconscious. There is artistic skill and knowledge at work in every sentence. It is urgent in nature, thus propelling the content or storyline, peeling away both past and future from our minds. It is as if you are caught up in nanoseconds of time within his subconscious mind when experiencing this author's pain and agony he goes through when describing the ulitmate betrayal of 'true love' from a lady named Diane. Truly, this book is unlike anhy other I have ever read and shall be there in my subconscious for a very long, long time. GREAT BOOK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was the best book i have read in a long time.i could hardly wait untill i finished one page to start reading the next one.it was a great exciting time of reading
Guest More than 1 year ago
one of the best books i have ever read.could hardly wait to read the next page to see what he was going to do next
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I can say is AWESOME! It took my breath away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Congratulations Mr. Vink, you have done to my heart, mind and emotions, what few if any authors have managed to do. Mr. Vink sends us a wonderful message about how to love and be loved. I cried, even sobbed through much of his story in Banished to the Ribbons of Concrete, especially the truly redeeming ending. This is an author who will move your soul to new delights of true understanding of a man's love for a woman, even a woman who sleeps with the devil himself. Banished to the Ribbons of Concrete is not only an exciting story of Mr. Vink's life but also a travelogue of America told in such detail you yourself will be wisked away to be by his side. A true 5 STAR read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a very slow reader yet I could not help but speed up when I read this book. I am now recommending it to all of my friends. It does touch your heart and you cannot help but fall in love with is author because of the way he writes. Banished to the Ribbons of Concrete is special in all aspects from this reader's view.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this engrossing and marvelously readable autobiography Jack Vink has brought vividly to life a fascinating man (himself) during a tumltuous era he endured after being betrayed by his true love. Banished to the Ribbons of Concrete is a great American biography. Written with the power of raw emotion the reader get a taste of this novelist's talent, it tells the engrossing story on one man's everlasting search to find true love. No biographical sketch can convey the depth of this literary achievement: substantial, powerful segments of writng that indeed touch the inner essence of our souls. Banished to the Ribbons of Concrete is thorough, colorful, revealing, and compelling of a man named Jack Vink. I recommend it highly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Banished to the Ribbons of Concrete was a tremendous read. It is unlike any autobiography I have ever read. It reads like a mystery from the first page to the last. The story of course is about a man searching for the meaning of life as he travels the far way and out of the way places. Love is is goal but so very hard to find. The beauty of this book is the way he describes his travels and puts certain phrases together, some you will never forget. While I throughly enjoyed the story I was still confused at the end why he was really on the run for all those years. I know a woman named Diane destroyed him inside and out but it seemed to be something else that may him wander back and forth across the United States many times. He leaves the reader drawing their own conclusion as to why he cannot stop. Loved the book, I really did!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Written by a tormented man because of a twist of business fate. With banishment as an order, he travels the US extensively. The travels heal the wounds of a woman he once loved who deserted him and clarifies his love for another, who soothed him. His intelligence in the end unified, crystallized, strengthened...makes him a renewed man and a reborn soul. Somehow, this is also a story for America showing the true colors of inhabitants. It is not only educational, but amusing. Readers can expect a spectacular visual journey. The author, undoubtedly, can share a myriad of positions or life states at one time, still holding on to the unified mystery of events that unfold each day in his travels. A TREMENDOUS book, holding something of value for each reader of, Banished to the Ribbons of Concrete, by Jack Vink.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Banished to the Ribbons of Concrete is a great love story, even though it is a autobiography of someone few of us have heard of. His adventures are astounding, his will to live is heart warming and his kind and caring soul for all others is that of compassion by a man who understands humanity. Great book for women but for me it was a little too tear-jerky, that is why I only gave it four stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't believe what a great book this autobiography was to read. In some places it took my breath away. This author has the innate ability to get inside you mind and soul. You feel a bond with him as his travels take him deeper and deeper into hell, all because the betrayed love of a woman he trusted. Why is it these men never learn that the beauty of a woman lies inside, not the outward beauty so many men get caught up with and become the victim of a beautiful smile. No matter, I really enjoyed this man as we went on his adventures together, perhaps not hand in hand, but most certainly mind and soul. I recommend Banished to the Ribbons of Concrete with all my heart. All women will love this author's style and open-heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Banished to the Ribbons of Concrete is more than just the autobiography of Jack Vink, the author. It is more than his remarkable story of survival. The true gift of this book is the way in which he tells his story. The author keeps the reader guessing throughout this suspenseful odyssey. I found it truly amazing at different times how caught up in the story I became. I recommend this book to all true romantics. It will hold your interest for weeks, if not months.