- 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)
Clockers : Movie Tie in Mass Market Paperback – 1 Dec 1993
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book disappointing as I had trouble with the language even if it was in English! Not my cup of tea unfortunately.Published on 11 May 2015 by bookworm
Like others, I found it took a while to familiarise yourself with the street vernacular but I am glad that I stuck with it because once you grasp the lingo this book really takes... Read morePublished on 21 Mar. 2015 by keen reader
Finished watching The Wire and want something similar to keep you "in the game"?! This old book is one you must read if you haven't. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2014 by C
It's all there, and damn worth the read - check out the other reviews it's pretty clear. If you like it also give these a go :Homicide: A Year On The Killing Streets and The... Read morePublished on 7 Jun. 2009 by Verve