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5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Black is a fascinating and utterly unforgettable book.
From train tracks to opium dens, and finally to the stability of a job at the San Francisco Public Library, Jack Black writes a very personal account of adventure, hardship, loneliness, and longing. I absolutely loved this book. Black is a wonderfully interesting person, and his story is like none that I have ever found anywhere else--the story of a hobo in the early...
Published on 28 Feb. 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great text, Bad Sleeve
A great book this one but I was a little disappointed by the presentation and packaging.

It looks like someone who had no idea about design designed the cover. There's an awful clip art picture on the front, no blurb on the back, no price, nothing.

The one saving grace is that the text is all there!!
Published on 5 Jun. 2011 by Mr. H. C. Pritchard

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Black is a fascinating and utterly unforgettable book., 28 Feb. 1999
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This review is from: You Can't Win (Nabat books) (Paperback)
From train tracks to opium dens, and finally to the stability of a job at the San Francisco Public Library, Jack Black writes a very personal account of adventure, hardship, loneliness, and longing. I absolutely loved this book. Black is a wonderfully interesting person, and his story is like none that I have ever found anywhere else--the story of a hobo in the early 1900's, who steals, does drugs, lives like a bum, rides the trains, and eventually decides he's had enough, settling down to a more conventional lifestyle.
He is the kind of person you want to meet and have a beer with. When the book was over I lent it to every person I cared about and they all loved it too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this, 22 Dec. 2003
This review is from: You Can't Win (Nabat books) (Paperback)
"You can't win" is one of the greatest books ever written. Why? Forget all the second-hand fake tragedy and the middle-class angst of the writers you were made to study in school. This is a story told by someone who has experienced real pain and loss as well as true joy. There is more truth about the human condition in this book than in all of Dickens, Austen etc in fact most of the stuff academics waste their time building up or knocking down. If you are browsing, please get yourself a copy of this book. I truly believe that if everyone read this book the world would be a little better.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So real that it ought to be fiction - but isn't!, 13 April 2001
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An incredibly fascinating tale of the real life of a thief, bum, "yegg" and ultimately reformed character. I put it up there with "Autobiography of a Supertramp", Orwell's "Down and Out" and Jack London's "People of the Abyss". JB is honest about the corrupt lawmen yet has the guts to admire the straight ones. Good stuff!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is one of the best books ever!, 8 July 1999
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this was a fascinating book about adventure and theft, addiction and life before and after the stock market crash in the u.s.. read this book. really. i mean it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars tough and gritty, 10 April 2014
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Tough and gritty tale of a criminal and the life he leads. Poor cover but great little book. A bit depressing but then again it says it all in the title!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great text, Bad Sleeve, 5 Jun. 2011
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A great book this one but I was a little disappointed by the presentation and packaging.

It looks like someone who had no idea about design designed the cover. There's an awful clip art picture on the front, no blurb on the back, no price, nothing.

The one saving grace is that the text is all there!!
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