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Clockers : Movie Tie in Mass Market Paperback – 1 Dec 1993

4.3 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mm); Reprint edition (Dec. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380720817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380720811
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 10.8 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,746,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The most heralded work of fiction to come out of New York since Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities While Wolfe's high-rollers only dipped a toe into the dark side, Price gives us all the raw detail of the street timely, majestic' Time Out 'Big, shocking, powerful resounds with vivid detail' Independent on Sunday 'Dazzling An odyssey of cops, drugs, survival and power A closely-observed tour de force' New York Daily News 'One hell of a book Price shows that he's got the best equipment a novelist can have - that combination of muscularity, insight and compassion' Washington Post --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Richard Price spent four years with dealers and cops on the streets of urban America researching the raw material for Clockers. His first novel, The Wanderers, was a literary sensation when it was published in 1974. Three other novels followed - Bloodbrothers, Ladies' Man, and The Breaks, but more recently Price has become one of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters. The Color of Money - for which he received an Oscar Nomination - and Sea of Love are two of his credits. Clockers was directed by Spike Lee and starred Harvey Keitel and John Turturro. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Arrived safely - I see the kinship with The Wire! (And The Corner)
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serious brilliance....
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Haven't read it yet but it arrived as promised in good nick.
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Excellent book best I read this year Ill be buying more of his books. Reads like an action movie. You genuinly feel for all the characters. The way the chapters alternate between the main characters, you always want to know what happens next. I couldnt put this book down
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Brilliant book - just like reading a series of the Wire ! Haven't enjoyed a book this much for ages
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What an amazing novel! Fully developed characters, a well paced story and quite simply some of the best dialogue I've ever read ... really captures the nuances and variations of the New York accent. Mesmerizing, hypnotic.... brilliant!
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Great book and really fast delivered in Germany, less than one week.
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'Clockers' is an unrelentingly bleak novel, set in the Projects of Dempsey, New Jersey, at the height of a crack cocaine epidemic. Bleak, but after a slow beginning, this novel makes for compulsive reading.

I struggled at first to find my way in; set in the late eighties, 'Clockers' is slightly dated now, there is a lot of colloquial language and its characters have few redeeming qualities, making for an uneasy read. If I hadn't been watching 'The Wire' around the same time as reading this, I would have probably failed to understand what was happening in the opening hundred pages. There are large amounts of detail about the way drug deals are handled, and how the various police departments interact with the disenfranchised youths selling the drugs. 'The Wire' owes a huge amount to this book, and fans of the series will find much to like here.

Once past the first section, and the fatal shooting around which the rest of the novel hinges, 'Clockers' really takes off. Price has a very descriptive way of writing; no detail remains unanalysed, his characters are full bodied and his two protagonists (a dealer, and a cop) are very well drawn. The reader is pulled into their world and is forced to sympathise with both, despite them being fairly unlikeable characters. The sense of deprivation, despair and the impossibility of escape in both walks of life is acutely assessed.

'Clockers' is no ordinary thriller; the reader is asked to make an emotional and cerebral investment that is not required for your average crime novel, but the book is all the better for it. For me, 'Clockers' drops a star because of its slow beginning, which almost led me to put it down unfinished, but if you can push past that, and care about plot and characterisation, then this is a must read.
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