Last Exit to Brooklyn

by Hubert Selby | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 0802131379 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingSqueakyChuwing of Rockville, Maryland USA on 3/3/2022
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Journal Entry 1 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Thursday, March 3, 2022
I selected this trade paperback from the Little Free Library at My Organic Market (MOM's) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA. Thank you.

Journal Entry 2 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Friday, March 18, 2022
This is a raw and brutal set of stories about a group of people who lived lives centering on violence, sex, alcoholism, and drugs in 1960s Brooklyn, New York. The stories are self-contained although they have some characters who appear in more than one story. I would guess these were probably based on people the author knew in his youth.

I started the book once quickly out of curiosity to see how long I’d last, but I soon restarted it to concentrate more deeply on each story as I found this book provocative and well-written. It had been praised by other authors such as Allen Ginsberg and Anthony Burgess. It packs a powerful punch, but it is not for the faint of heart or the easily offended. It is dark, misogynistic, depressing, and savage. The writing moves along at warp speed with each paragraph starting strangely at a random place and each paragraph containing multiple conversations lacking most punctuation. It is quite off-beat, colloquial and unusual in its grammatical form.

I was pretty amazed at this book. It was a slice of life in the seediest, most downtrodden parts of Brooklyn. Surprisingly, though, I found it easy to read.

The story I liked the best was called “Strike” and was about Harry Black, a leading union man, although a good-for-nothing otherwise, and the company who refused to cater to union demands unless Harry Black could be removed. This story seemed as if it went on forever, perhaps much like the length of time the workers were on strike.

In reading afterward about this novel, I learned that it was part of a genre called transgressive literature, along with such works as Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, Ryū Murakami’s Almost Tranparent Blues and Irvine Welch’s Trainspotting. As in those novels, Last Exit From Brooklyn might have had just a thin line separating its literarary value from obscenity...or was there a line at all?

Journal Entry 3 by wingSqueakyChuwing at LFL - Vandegrift Ave (5811) (#7720) in Rockville, Maryland USA on Friday, March 18, 2022

Released 2 yrs ago (3/18/2022 UTC) at LFL - Vandegrift Ave (5811) (#7720) in Rockville, Maryland USA

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***The 2022 Oh, The Places We Can Go Release Challenge hosted by awaywithfairies. The book title contains the word BROOKLYN. Brooklyn is a borough of New York City, coextensive with Kings County, in the U.S. state of New York.

Happy reading and happy traveling (when it becomes safe to do so)!

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Journal Entry 4 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Caught!

Thank you for returning this book to the Little Free Library of Twinbrook (#7720). I'm saving this book to go out for Round #2.

Journal Entry 5 by wingSqueakyChuwing at LFL - Vandegrift Ave (5811) (#7720) in Rockville, Maryland USA on Sunday, March 3, 2024

Released 1 mo ago (3/3/2024 UTC) at LFL - Vandegrift Ave (5811) (#7720) in Rockville, Maryland USA

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I'm releasing this book for...

***The 2024 Oh, the Places We Can Go Challenge hosted by awaywithfairies.Brooklyn is a town in the New York region of United States .

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Journal Entry 6 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Sunday, March 10, 2024
I selected this book from the Little Free Library of Twinbrook (#7720) to travel elsewhere.

Journal Entry 7 by wingSqueakyChuwing at MOD Pizza in Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, March 16, 2024

Released 1 mo ago (3/16/2024 UTC) at MOD Pizza in Rockville, Maryland USA

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Journal Entry 8 by wingResQgeekwing at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Saturday, March 16, 2024
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Journal Entry 9 by wingResQgeekwing at Westin Alexandria Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia USA on Monday, March 18, 2024

Released 1 mo ago (3/18/2024 UTC) at Westin Alexandria Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia USA

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