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Pryor Convictions: And Other Life Sentences Paperback – 31 Mar 2006


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Revolver Books (31 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954940741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954940744
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Pryor delivered comedy like a musician delivers jazz" -- The Guardian

"Richard Pryor is truly one of the great artists of our time. His comic
genius and influence remain unparalleled." -- Eddie Murphy

"The Godfather of stand-up comedy at his best" -- FHM --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dave B on 4 Jun 2007
Format: Hardcover
Richard Pryor is one of my fav actors and stand up comics ever so i had to get this book and wow i knew richard Pryor had a hard life growing up and his battle with drugs and stuff but readin this book i was so shocked to how hard it really was for him, Rape , Drugs , Women and beatings. You could make a movie on the life of Richard Pryor.

This is a book well worth getting and is such a good read, no matter how hard the guys life was he always found a way to make funny out of things and to to make others laugh, this is a amazing book about a amazin guy.

Once i started to read this book i found it hard to put down.

This book is a must for all Richard pyor fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Young Stevie on 26 Feb 2009
Format: Paperback
That's how I felt, that this book barely skimmed the surface.

For a legend like Richard Pryor, you expect an autobiography to be slightly longer than 270 (dpending on which version you read) pages. His life was as massive as he is in character yet I felt that a lot more detail could have been gone into.
A quick example, the epilogue by Jennifer hints at problems encountered through Richard's children but nothing more is mentioned, an autobiography should have it all!

A good book, but could have been great, like the man!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mark Tillcock on 21 Jun 2005
Format: Hardcover
The story of Richard Pryors life in his own words. Features excepts from his live shows, although these do loose something as they are skits that were not designed to be read, however it does draw focus on how much of Pryors comedy was taken from his life. This is man who has lived life to the full.
If you are familiar with Pryors popular film work, buy the book it will maybe encourage you to venture further into his live shows. I have heard people say Pryors comedy was all about being a black man, it's not it's about being a man.
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This is not a laugh-a-minute read, but there are a few good jokes stolen from his stand-up performances worked in. His life was pretty mad too, he reveals some dark and intimate things that make this autobiography one of the better ones
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I've had this book since its release and am unsure why its like £80 new. Anyway it is a great insight into the Richard Pryor's life, he leaves nothing out either, everything from his upbringing to the drinks, women and everything in between.

I would def recommend to any Richard Pryor fan!!
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By Mark on 20 Dec 2012
Format: Hardcover
From start to finish this book is a joy to read. I didn't know very much about Richard before the book but he gives an honest account of his life which is filled with humor, tragedy, womanizing, drugs, pain and addiction. From the get go its no wonder he turned out the way he did, raised in a brothel by his grandmother and using his pain as theme a tool to convey humor. As his life spirals out of control you feel sorry for him, but at the same time he brings a lot on himself.

If you like his comedy, you'll love this book.
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