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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,584 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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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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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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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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Sometimes the brightest stars have in turn have the darkest shade, l think Rich is the greatest Comedian as I believe he had an honesty at times on stage rarely produced by anyone else.

But due to the Times back then, (No Internet, camera phones, or social media) We never really saw behind the show into the interesting real life journey or side actions that were part of his life,
Pryor Convictions tells his story and all the little things that make up who they are.
This book also explains how Some wrongs he committed ironically helped him be so good on Stage.
It also bravely tells us some Wrongs we never knew otherwise.

Some boring Celebrities Unnecessarily spin their autobiographies out into a series of books that are slow and dull.
However Rich is One of few celebrities I feel I could have easily read a whole autobiographical series from.
Pryor Convictions was great, and left me wanting to hear even more from Rich (which is the best *criticism something can receive)
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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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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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I havent read a book in over 10yrs as i just dont have the time. However this (& his dvds) is what i chose to bring me back to lieterature & im pleased i did. A funny & touching account of his life..Arrived quickly & was well packaged.
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This is the very interesting and thought provoking biography of Richard Pryor (1940-2005) - whose full name was actually Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III. He was born in Peoria, Illinois, USA, to a mother who worked as a prostitute (and eventually owned a string of successful brothels), and a father who was a boxer and bartender. Between 1958-60, Pryor volunarily served in the US Army, where he was trained as a plumber and stationed in Germany, ensuring the US Army's utilities staged functioning. Prior to joining tharmy, Pryor new that he could make people laugh, but it wasn't until 1963 that he pursued what would be a remarkable comic career, after being thrown out the family house by his father.

The paperback (2005) edition contains 280 numbered pages, contains an Introduction, an Epilogue and is separated into three sections:

Acknowledgements.
Introduction.
Part 1 - Chapters 1-17.
Part 2 - Chapters 18-29.
Part 3 - Chapters 30-34.
Epilogue By Jennifer Lee Pryor.

A semi-fictional Black American character named Mudbone narrates the Introduction and the first chapters of the other two parts of the book. Mudbone presents an over view of the different aspects of Richard Pryor's life, as presented in the three parts of the book. Part of these narratives convey a dialogue between Richard Pryor and Mudbone - perhaps signalling that the character 'Mudbone' infact represents Pryor's inner dialogue, with himself. However, 'Mudbone' is a character that Pryor used on stage, claiming that he was based upon a person Pryor knew in his youth. Whatever the case, these opening chapters represent an earthy and honest wisdom.
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