Last Exit to Brooklyn

Last Exit to Brooklyn

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 25/08/2011
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Synopsis

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.

Described by various reviewers as hellish and obscene, Last Exit to Brooklyn tells the stories of New Yorkers who at every turn confront the worst excesses in human nature. Yet there are moments of exquisite tenderness in these troubled lives. Georgette, the transvestite who falls in love with a callous hoodlum; Tralala, the conniving prostitute who plumbs the depths of sexual degradation; and Harry, the strike leader who hides his true desires behind a boorish masculinity, are unforgettable creations. Last Exit to Brooklyn was banned by British courts in 1967, a decision that was reversed the following year with the help of a number of writers and critics including Anthony Burgess and Frank Kermode.

Hubert Selby, Jr. (1928-2004) was born in Brooklyn, New York. 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.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141195650
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Weight: 202g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm

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Last Exit to Brooklyn
Banned for a reason
I read this book as part of a reading challenge. It is truly appalling. Possibly one of worst books i have ever read. It is grim without any deep insight o... READ MORE
Alistair Tanner
Last Exit to Brooklyn
A must read.
This is a wonderfully written book, by an incredible writer. He is able to expose darker parts of the world, which people would rather not see. Unfortunat... READ MORE
Leanne Spalding
Last Exit to Brooklyn
Read this book.
This is a wonderfully written book, by an incredible writer. He is able to expose darker parts of the world, which people would rather not see. Unfortunat... READ MORE
Leanne Spalding
Last Exit to Brooklyn
A Must Read!!
such an amazing book one of the most raw and gritty books i have ever read
jack McCulloch
Last Exit to Brooklyn
Do not read if easily offended
Did not know anything about this book but I thought it looked interesting,and so it was .Not for those who are easily offended,it had been judged to be obs... READ MORE
Neil Challis @Windsor