- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Canongate Books; New edition edition (26 Feb. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841952389
- ISBN-13: 978-1841952383
- Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,243,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Pimp: The Story Of My Life Paperback – 26 Feb 2002
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"Slim belongs to the knuckle-duster-in-the-face school of storytelling." (Sunday Times)
"Slim always told it as it was, without compromise." (Irvine Welsh)
"Pimp is hot and frantic, a remarkable tour de force of carnality and violence." (The Times)
"Iceberg Slim does for the pimp what Jean Genet did for the thief." (Washington Post)
"Pimp is an eye-boggling netherworld documentary, a tear-arse tale of ferocious emotion, expressed through action." (Q magazine)
"Iceberg Slim always kept it real. It is blatant, uncompromising, and as close to the truth as you can get without going there yourself." (Ice T)
"This brutally honest memoir...is as shocking today as ever. A precursor of 40 years of black-street culture, this is uncompromising and harrowing, but a landmark book nonetheless." (Big Issue 2009-03-02) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
New edition of the perennial cult classic with a specially commissioned introduction by Irvine Welsh --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
It paints a grim but compelling view of racist, crime ridden inner city America from the 30s onwards. The pages are soaked with bleak but always fascinating insights, accidents and incidents. Looking around, particularly at African, American culture today you can see how depressingly influential Iceberg Slim is and it merely makes his countless imitators and obsessives all the more ridiculous and pathetic by comparison.
He does eventually learn the error of his horrendous ways and becomes an autodidact of sorts through his repeated spells in prison with access to books and more time than you can shake a stick at. In conclusion I found him to be not very pleasant but I still respected elements of what he overcame and how he did it. An enjoyable read from a dubious man.
A must read, regardless of genre preferences.
Still a powerful message after all these years. Insider's guide to part of the Black Experience in the USa and why we are where we are in places like Ferguson. Also,I now have a better idea why in the modern world why there is a disproportionate consumption of black porn compared to white porn.If you have no idea of what I am talking about,get this book or any of his others.
Already read his short stories.ready to move on to trick baby.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting read about the life of a pimp in the early part of the 20th century. Can't put it down in parts and in others hard to read (but still can't put it down :) )Published 9 days ago by Sam Kirkham
This book is a masterpiece into the world of pimps and their shady business. Slim gets into the mind of a pimpPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very direct story telling, needed a little help with the vocabulary but a great book overallPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great read... Author is authentic and takes you to the world of a pimp. Shares the real insight of the life and not how it depecited on TV. One of my favourite reads.Published 7 months ago by mr edward k aromire
This book should have an 18 rating - some very disturbing violence and abuse is portrayed in this book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rob