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3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  29 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
College-educated writer and waiter Sid Bailey slowly learns to drop his conventional lifestyle and adopt the behavior of the misfits at the Harlem welfare hotel where he lives.
Paperback, 544 pages
Published February 24th 1998 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published February 1998)
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Mar 07, 2008 Eric rated it it was ok
Sad page upon page of wasted potential! One demensional characters popped in and out of this book like roaches in a real SRO. The main charcter had the complexity of concentration camp soup. And the good characters like The Sinman and Blind Charlie were like treasures right under your feet, but just not unearthed.

I originally thought that it remined me of Leon Forest's Devin Days, but better. Nope equally bad, I'm just glade that at 540 pages this novel was shorter.

This made me really question
Jun 23, 2015 Martin rated it liked it
This book is 544 pages. The first hundred were great as we were introduced to the S.R.O. called The Logan. The last hundred pages were great, as we/our hero ventured further away from The Logan. The middle two-thirds of the novel, however, became repetitive. I lived in a place like this in college in the 1990s, not an SRO, but definitely a drug den where there were very few boundaries and the denizens were enmeshed and reactive to the hilt. As a social worker, I've treated countless men (and a n ...more
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