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Song of the Silent Snow Paperback – 16 Oct 2000

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Product details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd; Revised edition edition (16 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714530506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714530505
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,313,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We believe Selby's characters and will never forget them. Selby has written from the gut with great compassion (The Nation)

Selby's place is in the front rank of American novelists ... to understand his work is to understand the anguish of America (New York Times Book Review)

Selby brings a scorching light to a limited area of human existence, which most people know of but do not know (Newsweek) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Hubert Selby, Jr. was born in Brooklyn in 1928. At the age of 15, he dropped out of school and went to sea with the merchant marines. While at sea he was diagnosed with lung disease. With no other way to make a living, he decided to try writing: 'I knew the alphabet. Maybe I could be a writer.' In 1964 he completed his first book, Last Exit to Brooklyn, which has since become a cult classic. In 1966, it was the subject of an obscenity trial in the UK. His other books include The Room, The Demon, Requiem for a Dream, Song of the Silent Snow, The Willow Tree and Waiting Period. In 2000, Requiem for a Dream starred Jared Leto and Ellen Burstyn and was directed by Darren Aronofsky. Hubert Selby Jr died in Highland Park, Los Angeles, California in April 2004. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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For the first couple of stories I found the punctuation distracting but then I stopped noticing. The depth of Selby’s characters is wonderful, you feel you’re right behind their eyes, on the inside looking out. Some of his characters are the sort of people who don’t usually get a voice. Selby covers depression, homelessness, frustrated fathers and many more characters in the fifteen short stories in this book. Sometimes you’re surprised at the places people find joy. It reminded me a little of A Streetcar Named Desire, Selby’s men leap from the page full of energy (which is sometimes destructive energy) like Stanley Kowalski does. I love the positive ending of the story Song Of The Silent Snow.
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Selby is my favourite author of all time. Bar none. If you don't own every one of his books you are missing out. Drawing inspiration from the people and situations he sees around him his storytelling ability is compulsive. Well known for his reinvention of grammer his unique writing style takes you on a journey in a car with no brakes. If his ability to grasp your attention is not enough the depth of his character definition is at once deafening and hyper real.. Never an easy read Selby picks subject matter that will leave you uncomfortably shifting in your seat. Highly recommended.
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I think I read his best works first: Last Exit and Requiem. This collection of stories doesn't hold a candle to the former. I find his writing in these dull and repetitive. There seems to be a Harry in every story (as well as the lead in Requiem being named Harry, and another character in Last Exit, too). Three of the tales are decent enough, some of them (The Sound and I'm Being Good) are absolutely awful. Amongst his other books Waiting Period and The Demon are worth a look, but The Willow Tree is certainly not.
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By A Customer on 13 Oct. 1997
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Hubert Selby certainly has a mania for the name Harry. In at least three of his novels, one of the main characters is named Harry. In "Last Exit in Brooklyn", there is also a supporting cast of Harrys in addition to Harry the strikebreaker. Therefore, I wasn't too surprised to discover that every short story in this collection is about a guy named Harry. Well, different guys named Harry, at least. It's fun to try and imagine that the stories are all about the same guy, but it just doesn't work, I'm sorry to report. Anyway, not as good as "Last Exit", but what is? Overall, a solid collection, with the exception of a couple snoozers, such as "The Sound", a riff on the same subject as Selby's dullest novel, "The Room" (I can't remember if that one is about a Harry or not...). Selby is such a good writer I wish that he had written more than a mere five books in thirty years of writing. But what he did write is excellent, so why complain? In other words, buy this book.
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