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Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby Jr.
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Mar 19, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: novels, merkins

A searing sift through the slurried slums of post-war Brooklyn. The only book that uses shock, violence and vulgarity to depict a world of tragic isolation that truly pierces the heart, gets you so deeply you feel you are THERE, in this boneyard of brittle bones and broken bodies, crying and fighting and fucking and SHOUTING AT YER FREAKIN KIDS TA SHUT THERE TRAPS.

Selby's editor on this book was Gilbert Sorrentino, who helped Selby refine his extraordinarily precise style, his pitch-perfect dialogue, distinctive abuse and misuse of punctuation, his staggering pacing. His essay in the collection Something Said illuminates the construction of these elegant art-bombs, unlocking the complexity and beauty in Selby's compostions.

Best Brooklyn novel, bar none.
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Reading Progress

March 19, 2011 – Started Reading
March 19, 2011 – Shelved
March 20, 2011 – Shelved as: novels
March 20, 2011 – Finished Reading
July 30, 2011 – Shelved as: merkins

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