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Waiting For Nothing (American Century Series, Ac89)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Waiting for Nothing, first published in 1935, is a sobering, first-hand account of the author's life as a homeless man during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The book, a classic portrayal of the brutality and inhumanness of the time, was written while author Tom Kromer (1906-1969) was working at a Civilian Conservation Corps camp in California, and was his only complete ...more
Hardcover, 188 pages
Published by Hill & Wang (first published 1935)
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Joe
Jun 30, 2013 Joe rated it it was amazing
This book must have had an enormous influence on me. I started reading it on July 3, 1973 and finished on July 4. Those same two days, I sat down and wrote the first chapter of my novel, Famous Potatoes. I revised many parts of that novel over the course of writing it, but the first chapter never changed. Not suggesting that if you read this book, you too will start writing a novel. But that's what happened to me.

It's gritty and real. I love it.
I look over at this stiff's empty bunk. Dead in an
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Diego González
May 12, 2016 Diego González rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novela, relatos
Esta es una novela autobiográfica en la que un vagabundo, hijo de la Gran Depresión, las pasa putas por todo Estados Unidos, durmiendo en parques y albergues desbordados de piojos, comiendo la basura menos podrida de los cubos y viajando en trenes de carga. Todo eso es soportable para el protagonista. Lo que no es soportable es cómo le trata la gente, especialmente los policías, como si su pobreza fuera culpa suya, por vago, por maleante, por no querer trabajar. Nuestro vagabundo es golpeado, ...more
John
Jun 29, 2011 John rated it really liked it
Had to read it, as this was my great-uncle. A nice short read (I read it in one afternoon), but well-crafted too.
Maryanne Southgate
Apr 13, 2014 Maryanne Southgate rated it liked it
I read this book in 1973 because a friend of mine had to read it for a history class in college. I am glad I did. It is a good look at someone's life during The Great Depression!
Ivan
*Pendiente de una crítica más extensa.

El contenido es bueno. Es un retrato frío y real de lo que es vagabundear y sufrir en tus propias carnes una crisis económica brutal. Es objetivo, no exento de autocrítica. El texto principal, “Nada que esperar”, es muy bueno. Sin embargo, el problema de Kromer es que es muy redundante y, en lugar de ahondar o continuar historias muy interesantes, prefiere dejarlas inconclusas y volver otra vez a sumergirse en aspectos de su vida como vagabundo que ya has le
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Jenny
Nov 08, 2015 Jenny rated it it was amazing
This is an autobiographical novel of life on the fritz in the 1930's during the Great Depression. This book has touched my heart and I have a better understanding of the soup lines during the Great Depression. I am grateful to have read this book, and to understand so much more of our history. I feel like I know and care about all the thousands of people who lived on the fritz. Hungry, cold, and discouraged. They were treated so badly. I have a new appreciation for the hungry, cold, and tired of ...more
Mike DeRuyter
Jul 29, 2016 Mike DeRuyter rated it really liked it
Shelves: autobiography
I thought this book was unbelievably stark and depressing. I recommend it to everyone. It's very good. The author debases himself to incredible lows and nearly meets a horrific end more than once. The style is completely unvarnished, which I greatly liked. A superb book.
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