A Walk on the Wild Side

A Walk on the Wild Side

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New Orleans in the 1930s is the seamy world of lost and lovelorn Dove Linkhorn and Kitty Twist, of their lust and violence, and of their toughness and survival.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.
Edition: First Farrar, Straus and Giroux pbk. edition
ISBN: 0938410806
0374525323
Branch Call Number: ALGREN N 1998
Characteristics: xi, 346 pages ; 22 cm.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 16, 2014

"And all the colored girls go 'Doo do doo do doo do do doo."

A two star average? What's wrong with you people?? Even if it had only provided the title for one of Lou Reed's immortal songs, that would have been enough. I think the story goes that Reed was going to write a musical or some songs based on the book, but never did. You can see how it would be right up his alley, as its populated by members of the demimonde: prostitutes, pimps, drunks, hustlers and bums. Algren may have come out of the realist tradition, but his books are tougher, funnier and more readable than say Crane's or Dreiser's. So, come on, talk a walk on the wild side with him.

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