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  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd; New edition edition (25 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842300008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842300008
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,478,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We believe Selby's characters and will never forget them. Selby has written from the gut with great compassion (The Nation )

Selby's place is in the front rank of American novelists ... to understand his work is to understand the anguish of America (New York Times Book Review )

Selby brings a scorching light to a limited area of human existence, which most people know of but do not know (Newsweek ) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Hubert Selby, Jr. was born in Brooklyn in 1928. At the age of 15, he dropped out of school and went to sea with the merchant marines. While at sea he was diagnosed with lung disease. With no other way to make a living, he decided to try writing: 'I knew the alphabet. Maybe I could be a writer.' In 1964 he completed his first book, Last Exit to Brooklyn, which has since become a cult classic. In 1966, it was the subject of an obscenity trial in the UK. His other books include The Room, The Demon, Requiem for a Dream, Song of the Silent Snow, The Willow Tree and Waiting Period. In 2000, Requiem for a Dream starred Jared Leto and Ellen Burstyn and was directed by Darren Aronofsky. Hubert Selby Jr died in Highland Park, Los Angeles, California in April 2004. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
The title refers to the vibrant lives of people ignored in mainstream literature, politely shunted to one side to let the manufactured version have plenty of leg room.

These stories are about the people who populate back alleys, pool halls, slums, flats, offices and factories, the building blocks of modernity. The great mass of the general public, deemed not worthy of being led by the hand and documented into print.

Literature by its very nature requires the ability to read and write, coupled with leisure time and concentration. The province of a leisured class reading about itself on a beach, airplane or metro-link. The last story in the collection entails the reader being grabbed and then led through a devastated emotionally scarred wasteland to enter the final doorway, a brisk walk in the countryside to ultimately find meaning and redemption.

These stories haul together the lives of the outre orbs whilst journeying into the inner psyches. They work as parables drawing on the same precepts found in philosophy, psychology, sociology and cultural studies. Except Cubby makes it much more humane. These stories make the reader wince, swell, squirm and gasp with....recognition. The emotionally shut down will fall at the first fence and remain unmoved. this demarcates their psychopathy from normalcy.

The first story deals with envy, ostracism, bullying and the psychic whirl of luck in all guises. Cleverly crafted it works on more than one throwaway. It heaves a biblical parable after the death of god has been pronounced....chance and psyche.

The second is RD Laing's elucidation, spinning a weave. destroying the highs and dragging it down, down, down. Hubert says stick to the gut reaction, enjoy the moment.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Oct. 1997
Format: Paperback
Hubert Selby certainly has a mania for the name Harry. In at least three of his novels, one of the main characters is named Harry. In "Last Exit in Brooklyn", there is also a supporting cast of Harrys in addition to Harry the strikebreaker. Therefore, I wasn't too surprised to discover that every short story in this collection is about a guy named Harry. Well, different guys named Harry, at least. It's fun to try and imagine that the stories are all about the same guy, but it just doesn't work, I'm sorry to report. Anyway, not as good as "Last Exit", but what is? Overall, a solid collection, with the exception of a couple snoozers, such as "The Sound", a riff on the same subject as Selby's dullest novel, "The Room" (I can't remember if that one is about a Harry or not...). Selby is such a good writer I wish that he had written more than a mere five books in thirty years of writing. But what he did write is excellent, so why complain? In other words, buy this book.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "proclivities" on 24 Feb. 2003
Format: Paperback
This 'drama documentary' consists of extracts from the Frankfurt trials, which interrogated ex-Nazis who presided over concentration camps. Although the blurb refers to there being no dramatic license, this is not strictly true. Weiss sharpens the witness testimony, and puts it into blank verse, making it more eloquent, stark, and remote. This is not an indictment of Weiss, of course, and the result is something so bare and straightforward that it cannot help but utterly compel its readers.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By iou10bucks@aol.com on 8 Nov. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Song of the silent snow. sounds like something a zen priest would say to you on the roof of the world. i have yet to untangle the title even though i know what the sound is of one hand clapping. never mind... song of the silent snow. it captured my imagination and has some beautiful stories. the opening two stories are magic and i know they have shaped my life some how. then again i probably have read too much into them and hubert is probably chuckling to himself as to how he managed to cause such confusion in my small mind. a must read!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
my holy god, what a writer 8 Nov. 2002
By S. Bell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've read a couple of Selby's full length novels, and his writing always leaves me heavily affected for days afterward(for better or worse). This book, a collection of short stories, was at times funny and sad, bitter and naive, and essentially is a portrayal of the most mundane and ordinary things imaginable in an extremely beautiful and grandiose way. If I didn't know better(and I guess I don't, I'd swear Selby was a psychic, the way he knows people's minds' inner workings so well). The story 'Of Whales and Dreams' tore my heart out. Amazing. Selby will burn you alive with your own emotions.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
It just can't get any better! 6 Nov. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I feel the need to have this book with me at all times. If you are the kind of person who is up untill 3:00 in the morning thinking about all the people who waste your time [and rob you of your sleep] this is a book for you. Every aspect of humanity can be found in the pages of these short stories. You will be a better person for reading Hubert Selby Jr.'s masterpiece.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
great at times 27 Feb. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
every hubert selby jnr. book is an enjoyable read,and still completely different from what every one else is doing. he is compassionate and yet brutal in his prose. this is a collection of short stories, and as with all short story collections it is a mixed bag at times. the best here are the coat, about an alcoholic tramps love for his coat, so much so that he's willing to die to die for it and the title story seemingly a story of a depressed mans near death experience in the snow and his sudden realisation that he loves his life. read this book, it's easy to read but there are underlying meanings that some will and some won't quite understand.i'm not sure if i did but i thoroughly enjoyed guessing and will continue to.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Pure Genius! 15 Jun. 2002
By "sp_2900" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the first book of Hubert Selby Jr.'s that I have read and I must say, it definately will not be the last. Stories like "Of Whales and Dreams" are beyond captivating--riddled with intricate details and powerful messages. Put quite simply, this book is a must read for anyone who finds value in innovative and experimental forms of writing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Staying Real 19 Dec. 2007
By K. McNamara - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Always difficult to pick up anything else after reading Selby. These shorts aren't quite as disturbing as LETB or The Demon, but they're still enough to put the thousand-yard stare on my face. Especially enjoyed "Puberty" and "Penny for Your Thoughts".
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