The novel has become a cult classic because of its harsh, uncompromising look at lower class Brooklyn in the s and for its brusque, everyman style of prose. Due to its frank portrayals of taboo subjects, such as drug use, street violencegang rapehomosexualitytransvestism and domestic violence it was the subject of an obscenity trial in the United Kingdom and was banned in Italy. Synopsis The stories are set almost entirely in what is now considered the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn; the location is widely misreported as Red Hookwhere one story is set and parts of the movie were filmed.
On reading it now, I am almost shocked at how powerfully it affected me.
These days there are many collections of short stories that seek to create a hybrid of the novel and the story collection by focusing on a single character or location, or by trimming the narrative arc associated with novels through cutting up an underlying narrative into what might be called story-bits.
If I had to label it either novel or story collection I would probably choose the latter, but that would still be misleading. The book has a unity of tone, style, and setting that in some ways makes it almost unique, at least in my reading.
Tralala was 15 the first time she was laid. There was no real passion. She hungout in the Greeks with the other neighborhood kids. Listen to the jukebox. Tony or Vinnie or whoever it was just continued. They all met later at the exit. They grinned at each other. The guys felt real sharp.
The girls walked in front and talked about it. They giggled and alluded. Tralala shrugged her shoulders. Getting laid was getting laid.
One feels in reading Last Exit to Brooklyn that Selby has artfully fitted style to character and situation, the unpretentious language being necessary for depicting the almost primal conditions in which the characters live. A Girl of the Streets comes to mind. Last Exit to Brooklyn was of course very controversial upon its publication inand its brutally frank treatment of both transvestitism specifically and homosexuality in general was no doubt its most controversial feature.
But these characters are really just emblematic of the kind of character—largely neglected in American fiction at the time—Selby wishes to portray: Read More on this Subject:So, Last Exit To Brooklyn again proves that great novel do not necessarily make great movies.
(Paradoxically, mediocre novels fare better, probably because there is less to compete with. BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival, Brooklyn, NY. 63K likes. BRIC's Celebrate Brooklyn!
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This ebook features an illustrated biography of Hubert Selby Jr. including rare photos from the author’s estate. Few novels have caused as much debate as Hubert Selby Jr.'s notorious masterpiece, Last Exit to Brooklyn, and this Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an introduction by Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting.
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