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Flee the Angry Strangers

3.24 of 5 stars 3.24  ·  rating details  ·  21 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Diane Lattimer is an eighteen-year-old single mother struggling with the separation from her infant son who has been sent to live with a foster family in Long Island. Strapped with guilt, Diane searches for redemption in souls as lost as her own, in the jazz-and drug-fueled hipsters of Greenwich Village. Finding solace only in one-night stands and an increasing dependence ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published December 15th 2003 by Thunder's Mouth Press
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According to the endorsement on the back of the 50th anniversary edition, this is the book that launched the Beat Generation. I have no comment on that, but it's a gritty, unforgiving story of artists and junkies in the Village in the '50s. Phenomenal dialogue and characters, stunning depictions of a long-gone New York, aching and gorgeous and harrowing and beautiful, and pretty consistently heartbreaking... I'm running out of adjectives here but seriously, I adore this book and have read it thr ...more
Nicholas During
Called the first "Beat" novel, Flee the Angry Strangers is a look at post-war US--okay, really just New York, okay, really just the West Village--where the potential for positive action has already been destroyed by drugs. The young people of this book are seriously fucked up. They get into drugs, and all its consequences easily and quickly, lack the standard moral compass, and every spring there are a series of suicides. Pretty depressing stuff.

Great depiction of the West Village in the the la
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Run, hep cats! The hippies are coming!
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George Mandel (born February 11, 1920) is an American novelist and short story writer. A native of New York City, Mandel was educated at the Pratt Institute, The Art Students League of New York and The New School. His first novel, Flee the Angry Strangers (1952), was one of the first Beat novels.

His subsequent novels include The Breakwater, Into the Woods of the World, and The Wax Boom (1962). His
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