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A novel about urban alienation in New York City.
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Published 1969 by Dell (first published 1968)
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P.J. Sullivan
Nov 01, 2015 P.J. Sullivan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, new-york
This novel is about loneliness, the feeling of isolation that comes from being alone in a big city without a friend, or a kind word, in sight. The protagonist seems like a decent fellow, but is so lonely in New York that his desperation becomes blatantly obvious to everyone he meets. Sensing his need, people recoil from him, thinking him a "creep." His pathetic attempts to make even one friend always backfire, adding to his misery, until he finally gives up the struggle and ... no, I'm not going ...more
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Mar 13, 2016 Lucas rated it really liked it
I’d be very surprised if Paul Schrader hadn’t read this obscure 1968 novel by Jeffrey Frank before he wrote the screenplay for that paean to the existential rage of loneliness, Taxi Driver (1973). Heck, the paperback even touts “Soon to be a major movie!” on the cover. While there is no film called The Creep, the main character, Bartholomew, comes off like a first draft version of Travis Bickle. In fact the flaws in the book are largely corrected in Taxi Driver, which had the framework of a plot ...more
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