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The Basketball Diaries [Paperback]

Jim Carroll
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Australia; New edition edition (30 Jan 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140249990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140249996
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.9 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written between the ages of twelve and fifteen, this diary tells the story of Jim Carroll, a kid growing up stealing, hustling, getting high, playing basketball, and trying to find something pure on the streets of New York.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'addictive' 4 Sep 2001
By A Customer
As a basketball player,this book was interesting. As a homosapien, this book was excellent. Not only does Jim Carroll have a talent for basketball but he also has a talent for writing. In the book, he describes everything he feels in such a way that would make you feel as though you were there with him. This book is funny, entertaining, and leaves you drawing up a perspective on life in the same way that Carroll does. I also reccomend the music of 'The Jim Caroll band' which has as much feeling as his words do. A great book for just about anybody!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A twisting cult book of true life dramas 5 Feb 2000
By A Customer
When I first read this book at the age of 15 (4-5 years ago now) I was so enthralled. Its one of those books that you can't put down, and want to read over and over again. Now, even after all this time, I am still re-reading it.
It dipicts a life so different from my own, yet despite this, I could and still can, relate perfectly to all the feelings and emotion bought upon Jim during those teenage years of drug addiction and violence.
This is most definitly a book for the open minded.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you havent already, read it! 15 Jan 2000
This book is an interesting insight into the life of Jim Carroll. If you have seen the film of the basketball diaries you must read the book in order to get the full picture. Carroll starts his book with notes from his school days and childhood and moves on through the next few years with suprising acuracy. Talking about his gradual decline into heroin addiction, he recalls many memories - some funny and some rather discusting. Excellent Read. Let me know what you think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BOOK EVER!! 4 Sep 1999
By A Customer
This is a really great book!! I got it for my birthday in 1998 and I've read it a million times since then. This truly is one of the best books ever published! If you think this book is going to be all about basketball , well it isn't. It's about Jim Carroll's life as a teenager. He was a really good basketball player and then he ruined it all by becoming a heroin addict. This book is very compelling , funny and at times sad. It does make a really excellent read, though it is very graphic and if your easily offended then I suggest you go and read Larry the Lamb!
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5.0 out of 5 stars read the book 26 Jan 2009
I have read this book around 6 times in the 12 years or so I have know about it, Carrolls passage of rites that ultimately leads him to heroin addiction is by turns funny,sad, bizarre and sexually graphic. This is classic American literature. A slim volume, easily read, forget the film of it, read the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Don't be put off by the dodgy Di Caprio vehicle from a few years back...This book has to be one of the finest debut novels around from the last 50 years or so. Heavily autobiographical, The Basketball Diaries is written with verve and authenticity. It's a rough story of growing up in early 70s New York City, told beautifully.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really very good indeed 10 Jan 2000
By A Customer
This book is quite hard to call good, it's not really relevant somehow. It is however something which will stay with you, it's conveyance of brilliance (read his poems) overcoming self destruction is very uplifting; despite the way it ends you know he's going up, like a cork under water. My only gripe is that it made the movie (which I saw first and enjoyed) look really rather shallow; that's not a proper one though so just ignore that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gritty honest and good read 26 Dec 2013
By trudije
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A short book but pulls you in. Honest depiction of how easy it is for youngsters to get drawn into a drug culture and a wild crazy life style. Well written honest and moving. All round good read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read!!
Excellent read, Jim describes everything with such detail and once you start reading you can't put it down! The film captures the book perfectly.
Published 10 months ago by Kelsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I have been interested in purchasing this book for a long time, within the first two pages you are taken to a world of NYC cool and start wishing your teenage years were as... Read more
Published 16 months ago by chargreaves
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Found this after hearing 'People who died' and wanted to know more about the guy who sang it. You'll crack through this book in no time, but it's well worth a read.
Published 18 months ago by T-Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
I've read this book so many times I've lost count. I could pick it up and read sections, or pick it up and read it all in one go. Read more
Published 19 months ago by M. hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
I first purchased this book after watching the film with Leonardo DiCaprio in a few times,and wanted to find out more about Jim Carroll's life. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Alize
5.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
I really enjoyed this book, after seeing the film i had to read the book, I think Jim Carrol is a tallented auther! all in i'd say the book was fandabydozy.
Published 22 months ago by ADow
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book ever!
I've read this book at least 10 times. And i just finished it again, and i think i might start re-reading it..again. Best book ever. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2011 by kym
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
Jim Carroll was born to be a writer. This diary is written with such wonderful detail and description, that you actually feel that you are him, this 14 to 17 year old boy, roaming... Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2011 by Miss
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