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Iceberg Slim , Irvine Welsh
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26 Feb 2002
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: 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 891,345 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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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New edition of the perennial cult classic with a specially commissioned introduction by Irvine Welsh --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 4 Aug 2000
By A Customer
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutly amazing book 11 July 2002
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book. Unforgettable. 28 Feb 2011
By lay6
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Breathtakingly gritty, violent and sad 3 Feb 2000
By A Customer
I read a review of this book about three years ago and thought I must try that. I had forgotten about it until a few months ago when I came across it by chance. I'm so glad I did. 'Pimp' is the harrowing true story of Iceberg Slim's life. It is not nice. But it is an absolutely riveting read. From his childhood and sexual abuse (by an older woman), through his hard-won success and affluence to the brink of self destruction and poverty, this book will take you through a battlefield of emotions. The most unexpected being pity and sympathy, because this man has been evil. But he knows it and regrets it with an intensity that solicits a response other than outrage and revulsion. If you enjoy films from Scorsese and Tarantino you should enjoy this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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, it bares the soul of the author as you journey through the Chicago streets, bars, the prisons, the penthouses with him. There's a glossary at the back, because he uses street slang from the 1930s Chicago scene as he would speak. Which adds to the atmosphere immensley, but takes some getting used to. This is a book that can be enjoyed at a plethora of levels. Other books to read if you love this are all his others, particularly Naked Soul and Trick Baby. Paradises' Space Age Pimping. Goines' Whoreson. DVDs American Pimp and Pimps Up Hoes Down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HAUNTING
Cary Hite does a great job voicing Iceberg Slim's words on the audio book, gives you goosebumps.
Published 9 days ago by K
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
Vividly written and interesting with a unique view of life ,48 laws of power companion piece. Please read it
Published 10 days ago by Je rome
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book! I love the gritty story. It came in perfect condition.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Very fast delivery. Book intact.
Published 1 month ago by Ludovic
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Everything was fine.
Published 1 month ago by Dameon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read. Very atmospheric, honest and Frank. Opens up a world you'll never experience.
Published 2 months ago by T. S. Drury
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Canny interesting
Published 3 months ago by Elliot Dunn
2.0 out of 5 stars Positive view and excuses made...
...for "pimpin'" and enslaving women. The book is well-written, of this there is no doubt, but the contents are rather repulsive. Read more
Published 14 months ago by A. Moncrieff
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 20 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
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