The Wire: Truth Be Told
Welcome to the critically acclaimed HBO drama series The Wire, hailed as "the best show on television, period" by the San Francisco Chronicle. The New York Times calls it "a vital part of the television landscape...unvarnished realism." Time declares that The Wire, "like its underfunded, workaday cops, just plugged away until it outshone everything else on TV."
Would you like to read an introduction to Hamlet written by Shakespeare himself? Not if it went something like “I knew when I began Hamlet that I wished to blow the conventions of the revenge tragedy sky-high, and by God that’s what I did. Hamlet’s soliloquies are, I feel, the finest in all my 36 plays and I feel that with the character of Ophelia…I must thank HBO for allowing me the space to demonstrate the full extent of my genius…” And blah...more
I loved the show before and love it the same now. There is some...more
Some, like Felicia Pearson (Snoop), came from the very streets where their characters live their lives. Her life story could have been told in The Wire and would not have looked out of place. In doing so her life was turned...more
Fun fact: The worst argument that my boyfriend and I have ever had revolved around just that statement. Having not seen The Wire he argued that Six Feet Under deserved this title. He's wrong.
Comprising of season overviews, full episode guides, articles on major characters and themes, with further background on the political and social reality that informed and influenced the series, this book has been put together by those who w...more
But in return you get to relive the story episode by episode, you get some insight into the basis of the c...more
And if you know extactly where that comes from, I hope you are reading this review after you have read the book.
I read an earlier edition of this, and really can't add much to the original review which is .
If you have already read that review, well shee-it, haven't you seen the series yet?
This edition includes some expanded sections from the as well as covering all the seasons - most importantly season 4, which was the best.
Liked the obit for Stringer.
MARIO VARGAS LLOSA
«Hay que guardarla con mimo, como las obras completas de Shakespeare y de Stevenson, las mejores películas (casi todas son buenas) de Ford y de Wilder, las canciones de Sinatra, los discos de Coltrane, los recuerdos maravillosos, esas cosas que con un poco de suerte te van...more
However, the book was weak in some key points. I found the organization frustrating. First, episodes are generally listed by their place in the overall series (ex. Episode 32, 51, etc) as opposed to their location in the season. The only way to know the season beyond recognition is to look at the header. Secondly, interviews and other secondary analyses are inters...more
The episode guide was a bit brief at times, but if it had been comprehensive the book would have been 3000 pages! If you know the show well, it would be interesting to skip the episode descriptions and just read the contributed pieces from fans, writers, a...more
You can watch and rewatch the episodes, but once you're done, this is a good bonus to get your "Wire" fix.
The best part of the book is the essay by creator David Simon that opens the book. While other parts were in...more
The episode recaps were a little skimpy as well, but with a show as plot rich as 'The Wire' how could you fit it all.
The best parts of the book, and about the only thing I read were the profiles on specific actors and their characters like "Proposition Joe" played insidiously by the late Robert Chew....more
I've read three books on "The Wire" so far. All were mediocre to bad books but I enjoyed all of them. Someday someo...more
Loved this book. I want to read everything there is on the behind-the-scenes wire stuff. LOVED the casting stories and the shooting information. I wanted more, goddammit. more interviews with cast and crew, more info on baltimore shennanigans, more production stories. MORE OMAR. would of liked more interviews with the rotating directors they had and more from the writers room. the ending sucked, it was all about a producer who died during filming, which is a tragic loss but not the bes...more
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