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Iceberg Slim , Irvine Welsh
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5 Feb 2009
The ultimate anti-hero, Iceberg Slim, takes you into the secret inner world of the pimp, and the smells, the sounds, the fears and petty triumphs of his world. A legendary figure of the Chicago underworld, this is his story: from defending his mother against the evil men she brought into their lives, to becoming a giant of the streets. A seething tale of brutality, cunning and greed, Pimp is a harrowing portrait of life on the wrong side of the tracks, and a rich warning from a true survivor.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd (5 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847673325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847673329
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 20090302

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New edition of the perennial cult classic with a specially commissioned introduction by Irvine Welsh

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutly amazing book 11 July 2002
Format:Paperback
Pimp enthrawls the reader right from the start as you are drawn into the world of Bobby Lancaster. As a reader you will go through the whole book with conflicting emotions; supporting him in his uncompromising effort to succeed and then disgusted at the horribles beatings he gives out to women. Even though we see his eventual redemption in old age and deep regret of his previous life, at no time does the book ever come across as preaching the immoralities of any way of life. It simply is the very frank account of one man's life and the reader is deeply rewarded when coming to their own conclusions about the man known as Iceberg Slim.
A must read, regardless of genre preferences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book. Unforgettable. 28 Feb 2011
By lay6
Format:Paperback
I first read this book, aged 14, both my older brother and father bought me it. It's everything I like in a book- disturbing, thrilling, exciting, heart breaking and certainly educational. A must read for people that like books that are equally gut wrenching and heart warming. Anyone that gives it one star, must be extremely dull!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic! 22 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Since I have read this book I have tried, in vain, to find another book to match it's emotional depth (yes, it's there under the surface-if you look for it), intelligence (irrelivent of your own opinions),street smartness and theory's about the pimp game, which I'm a part of and dark humor and unparalleled talent for creating atmosphere.
Look in it for what you want. Like any work of art, the book may be translated and percived in many ways by the reader. It provides food for thought. The book delivers on so many levels that maybe only someone square & with an oversion to graphic language describing the cold realities of someone's life would dislike it.
Lastly, although it is intended to create the aura of fantastic,fascinating reality, ledgendary persona and I do not take from the solid authenticity of the knowledge used to write the book, the work is fictional.
It is set in the 30-40's in Chicago. There are no concise, contemporary works on this subject that I know of. I am currently working on a book. Anyone wishing to discuss the subj/author feel free to mail me.I will get back to you.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is a masterpiece. No one can come close to telling a story about pimps than the ice himself. Donald Goines' "Whoreson" was good, but this tops that by a long shot. However I advise anyone with the propensity to pimp not read this book because it may put ideas in your head. Robert Beck says he wrote this in order to show the pugnacious nature of pimping, but in his efforts to do so, he glamorizes the pimp, which is himself. While the book did spend a little time talking about his days in prison, I dont think a clear description of how hard prison life is was expressed enough. I especially like the ending of the book when Iceberg Slim sees his error in the way he neglected time spent with his mother and tries to make up for lost time by staying at the hospital with his mother for days without ever leaving. It makes the reader conscious of the fleetness of time and how precious a mother's life is to a son even the coldest hearted of sons the Pimp Iceberg Slim
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4.0 out of 5 stars the most influential book youve never read 16 Feb 2014
By mr m
Format:Kindle Edition
a spectacularly horrible way to try to live and forever copied by so many rap artists also can see where irvine walsh gained a lot of ideas for trainspotting in both style and content
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 14 Jan 2014
By chris
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Enjoyed this book although the phrases used sometimes used left me bemused at times the pimp to ordinary English dictionary that was at the end of the book would have been better used at the beginning . Apart from this it was enjoyable,couldn't out it down and now look forward to reading more of the authors work . For someone who spent time behind bars and was quite a brute he was quite the author . Recommend it to anyone .
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2.0 out of 5 stars Positive view and excuses made... 27 Aug 2013
Format:Paperback
...for "pimpin'" and enslaving women. The book is well-written, of this there is no doubt, but the contents are rather repulsive. I would recommend looking in local libraries for this book rather than buying it. While the author is now dead, first-hand purchases keep it in print and I'm not so sure that's for the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 4 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Ever since I read this book I have tried, in vain, to find another book to match it's emotional depth (yes, it's there under the surface-if you look for it), intelligence (irrelivent of your own opinions),street smartness and theory's about the pimp game, which I'm a part of and dark humor and unparalleled talent for creating atmosphere.
Look in it for what you want. Like any work of art, the book may be translated and percived in many ways by the reader. It provides food for thought. The book delivers on so many levels that maybe only someone square & with an oversion to graphic language describing the cold realities of someone's life would dislike it.
Lastly, although it is intended to create the aura of fantastic,fascinating reality, ledgendary persona and I do not take from the solid authenticity of the knowledge used to write the book, the work is fictional.
It is set in the 30-40's in Chicago. There are no concise, contemporary works on this subject that I know of...
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5.0 out of 5 stars really good read, but violent
The story is about a Pimp so you have to expect decriptions of abuse and violence, which I didn't mind, it is a really good read following iceberg slim through his journey of... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jay
3.0 out of 5 stars Pimp /I. Slim/
I bought this book based on good reviews. However, I personally didn't find this book very easy and interesting to read. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2012 by AK
1.0 out of 5 stars OH MY GOSH
A Truley dreadful read do not watse your time reading this so called book its just full of 1960's street slang. Crazy!!!!
Published on 4 Oct 2011 by Andy D
1.0 out of 5 stars dull and trashy
I just fund it really dull and I have never said that about a book before in my whole life.
Published on 28 Oct 2009 by A. Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpeice.
I rate Pimp as a materpeice on every level that I can judge a book on. The life story of Iceberg Slim is absoloubtly fascinating and incredible. Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2009 by Don
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST-BUY!
The skill with which this book is written is matched by it's contents. A monumental classic that contains such a range of depth and content it is bound to appeal enormously to... Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2004 by "natwest5"
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Pimp book. Also one of the best books ever written.
This is a masterpeice towering above most other books ever written. Full stop. Why? Ooozing with atmoshpere, it's cleverley written, exciting and very sad at the same time, deep,... Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2004 by "jaybee1111"
4.0 out of 5 stars Pimpalicious line of BS, but entertaining nonetheless.
Pimp: The Story of My Life, is a mostly lightweight, breezy, occasionally funny book. Sure it is way more fiction than fact, and more than a few urban legends get trotted out for... Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2003 by mr_ska
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpeice
Since I have read this book I have tried, in vain, to find another book to match it's emotional depth, intelligence, street smartness and theory's about the Pimp game, dark humor &... Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2002
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