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After serving an eight-year term in Folsom State Prison, Max Dembo is determined not to return to his former way of life, in a realistic, suspenseful study of the pressures facing ex-convicts as they attempt to negotiate the straight world. Reissue....

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  • Dan Schwent
    2019-02-27 12:42

    When Max Dembo gets paroled after eight years in the joint, he's starting at square one. With no money and no job, how will he avoid falling back into his old habits?As a white collar, law-abiding citizen, prison has always held a bit of mystique for me. I enjoyed The Animal Factory enough to snap this up when it showed up in my BookGorilla email on the cheap.If I ever had any doubts about the ineffectiveness of the American prison system, they would have been shattered by this. Max is put back on the street with a suit ten years out of fashion and thirty bucks and expected to make something of himself. When no one will hire him, what other choice does he have but to turn to a life of crime?Bunker's no Chandler but his writing gets the job done. I was reminded of Richard Stark's Parker at times. While he wasn't a complete asshole, Max wasn't a nice person when the chips were down. He did live by a certain criminal code, though, making him a much more complex character than I originally thought. The self-destructive nature of some of the characters and the way the wheels came off of Max's scheme also made me think of Jim Thompson and his happy hell storms.The capers were well done, including the inevitable one where the wheels come off. There were some good twists and I didn't see the ending going down like that. I almost wish I'd skipped the epilogue, though.While I didn't enjoy it as much as The Animal Factory, No Beast So Fierce was definitely worth a read. Three out of five stars.

  • Orsodimondo
    2019-03-12 07:34

    EDUCAZIONE DI UNA CANAGLIACredo che Bunker in vita abbia rispettato una sola regola: scrivi solo quello che conosci. Le altre regole? Le ha infrante tutte. Edward Bunker/Mr Blue accanto a Michael Madsen/Mr Blonde all’inizio del capolavoro di Tarantino “Reservoir Dogs - Le iene”, 1992.Il primo romanzo è la sua vita.Gli antenati paterni sono francesi e Bunker è la forma anglicizzata del cognome Bon Coeur, il che sembra ben più che amaramente ironico considerato il corso della sua vita.Edward nasce a Hollywood, e non sembra un caso.Camminava ancora a quattro zampe quando ebbe il suo primo contatto con le divise blu: mamma e papà erano alcolizzati e si picchiavano spesso e volentieri ma non molto allegramente, perciò i vicini chiamavano la polizia, per farli smettere di urlare. I genitori si separano presto e il bambino Edward (6 anni) finisce in una casa famiglia. Ma scappa. Bunker con Dustin Hoffman in “Straight Time – Vigilato speciale” di Ulu Grosbard, 1978. È il film tratto da questo suo romanzo d’esordio, ed è il suo debutto come attore.Fino a 15 anni la strada è la sua scuola: si alterna tra orfanotrofi, collegi militari, rifugi per senza tetto, perfino un ospedale psichiatrico, e poi l’approdo in riformatorio. Perché, chiaramente, per la sopravvivenza i furti erano pratica quotidiana.A 17 anni diventa una star: è il detenuto più giovane della storia del famigerato carcere di San Quentin.In prigione sembra aver trovato il suo milieu: se non altro, qui, sa subito come comportarsi, e sopravvivere. Ed è proprio in cella che scopre la macchina da scrivere e inizia a raccontare le sue storie sulla carta.”The Long Riders – I cavalieri dalle lunghe ombre” di Walter Hill, 1980. Da sinistra a destra: Randy Quaid, Edward Bunker, Robert Carradine, Stacy Keach, Keith Carradine, David Carradine. È la seconda partecipazione attoriale di Bunker.Esce da San Quentin dopo cinque anni per buona condotta: adesso ne ha 22 e per la prossima dozzina d’anni abbondante continuerà a entrare e uscire di galera, per motivi vari, rapina, truffa, spaccio, finché nel 1972 (Edward ne ha 39 a questo punto), la polizia lo arresta mentre sta per rapinare una banca. Si becca altri cinque anni di detenzione. Per la cronaca a San Quentin conosce Danny Trejo che poi diventerà attore.È ancora in cella quando, nel 1973, riesce a far pubblicare il suo primo romanzo, proprio questo, No Beast So Fierce – Come una bestia feroce. Dustin Hoffman opziona i diritti cinematografici: e i soldi dell’opzione serviranno a Edward per evitare di tornare al furto quando uscirà con la condizionale nel 1975.Con Jon Voight ed Eric Roberts, il fratello di Julia, che inspiegabilmente Goffredo Fofi considera un bravo attore, in “Runaway Train – A trenta secondi dalla fine” di Andrey Konchalowskiy, 1985.Nel 1977 esce il secondo romanzo, Animal Factory, e Bunker è ormai uno sceneggiatore, consulente cinematografico, attore di piccoli ruoli (a cominciare da Straight Time – Vigilato Speciale, il film tratto dal suo romanzo d’esordio, con Hoffman nel ruolo del protagonista, e Ulu Grosbard alla regia. 1978.Muore nel 2005 prima di compiere 72 anni. Ce lo ricordiamo probabilmente per il brillante inizio del primo film di Quentin Tarantino, forse il suo migliore (se non è questo, è il seguente, Pulp Fiction), Reservoir Dogs – Le iene: seduto al tavolo del diner, Bunker è Mr Blue, che si arrabbia con Steve Buscemi/Mr Pink perché non vuole lasciare la mancia.Edward Bunker in “Animal Factory” di Steve Buscemi, 2000. Bunker scrisse romanzo e sceneggiatura.Non serve che Bunker ce lo dica nelle interviste, si sente che in lui è forte l’influenza di Dostoevskij, si percepisce con chiarezza.E dunque, cosa potrebbe raccontare il romanzo d’esordio di un soggetto umano di questo tipo? Mi pare ovvio che si muova intorno al mondo della prigione e del furto, dentro e fuori.Così è, ovviamente.Max Dembo esce di prigione dopo otto anni per furto. Ci prova, cerca di rigare dritto, di rifarsi una vita, un lavoro, un tetto e un letto, dei soldi, magari una ragazza. Ma forse Max vuole assaporare la libertà con troppa intensità – o forse Max vuole vivere invece di sopravvivere – oppure, forse, Max è sfortunato – forse ancora Max è nato sbagliato. Com’è o come non è, Max non si adatta, non riesce a far parte del mondo dei ‘buoni’: il crimine, il furto in particolare, rimane la sua strada.Questo romanzo è un manuale di rapina.Gli unici amici, gli unici capaci di darti una mano, e di trattarti col rispetto umano che tutti meritiamo, sono quelli come te. E siccome sono come te, anche loro delinquono, e possono lasciarti per strada sul più bello (che pertanto diventa il più brutto).Max ha la sua deontologia: non ruba nelle case perché potrebbe portare via qualcosa che ha anche un valore affettivo per il proprietario. ”The Longest Yard – L’altra sporca ultima meta” di Peter Segal, 2005. Edward Bunker e, di spalle, Adam Sandler.Il film: è eccellente come e più del romanzo. Hoffman è perfetto e convincente nel ruolo: incredibile la forza, anche fisica e violenta, che riesce a esprimere con quella sua stazza ridotta, semplicemente con lo sguardo. La regia è efficace, senza orpelli. Forse Theresa Russell è un po’ fuori parte (è comunque un piacere vederla in azione), ma Gary Busey, Harry Dean Stanton ed Emmet Walsh regalano partecipazioni grandiose. Mi pare un tipico esempio del cinema americano di quell’epoca, la cosiddetta New Hollywood: Max/Dustin prima di tutto è un ribelle, uno che va contro le regole perché sono regole decise da altri, altri che non sono come lui, regole che non vanno bene per lui. E quindi, il percorso di Max non è solo quello di un disadattato, di un criminale incallito nato sul lato sbagliato della strada: Max delinque per cercare la sua libertà. Alla fine quando si separa da Jenny/ Theresa, l’auto che guida si allontana per la strada che procede diritta e sembra non finire mai, che cosa pensiamo? Max ha capito che non ha chance? Si sta forse andando a cercare un arresto perché si è infine convinto che il suo mondo è la prigione? O invece, magari, sta davvero fuggendo? Da dove fugge lo sappiamo, verso cosa possiamo solo immaginarlo: libertà, direi io.Bunker scrive come se stesse eseguendo un’autopsia: freddo, spietato, accurato, scientifico. Grandioso.

  • Tom Tabasco
    2019-02-25 09:42

    Ed Bunker, the author of No Beast So Fierce, is the only guy in the movie Reservoir Dogs who actually looks like a real criminal. That's because he was one, for a long time. And then he was in jail for a long time. This is his first novel, very auto-biographical, with some elements of fiction, and, despite the ugliness of the subject matter (real crime), it pulsates with such a raw energy, such an intensity, that at the end of it, when you close it, you have to raise your eyebrows and go: “Shit”. And perhaps add a little whistle.

  • Paul Bryant
    2019-03-01 10:51

    This book stays burned into my mind long after many better written novels have faded. A fine portrait of a very nasty individual.

  • AC
    2019-03-07 07:38

    This is as interesting a book, and as intelligent a writer as I've read all year. It is searing, authentic, original, simple...moving, uncompromising...I don't know quite how to review it, except to say that I'll pound the table on this one. If you liked Don Carpenter's Hard Rain, and John Williams' Stoner, and like crime novels and thrillers, and psychologically complex and existential characters, try this book. It is that good.

  • Eric
    2019-03-04 06:54

    There is a song by musician David Baerwald inspired by Edward Bunker called A Prisoner's Dream and in the song, Baerwald depicts that prisoners can also have hopes, wishes, and dreams while being caged from society. From listening to the song, it seems as if this song describes prison inmates in the most idealistic of fashion. It depicts prisoners as often being the product churned out by society and influences beyond their control and how they, too, maintain faith in humanity while trying to live and survive. For those not familiar with now-deceased Edward Bunker, he was a long-time convict who found liberation through the written word. Forged by his institutional life, his writing was published in well-received novels, which led to films of his work and even acting roles. The novel No Beast So Fierce portrays Max Dembo, a just released parole and child of the system as he tries to float through society and live like he thought he could, only to realize about the only thing he is good at is living a life of criminality. Bunker's writing is poignant and raw. While Dembo is violent and mostly irredeemable and a creature of his environment, Bunker does not try to make him sympathetic. No Beast So Fierce is a very good crime novel with very good writing and descriptions and it does not ask you to like Max Dembo, only to just see him. No Beast So Fierce was also made into a movie called Straight Time with Dustin Hoffman.

  • Still
    2019-03-01 07:30

    Max's black friend from prison breaks out, Max drives up north above the Bay area to pick him up and find him a safe house while the authorities are looking for him. Max intends to set him up as a potential partner-in-crime back in L.A., see?Great.This is the description of the neighborhood of the pad Max has found for his pal:We found him a furnished room in a large Victorian house. The room was quite spacious, on the second floor. A huge window overlooked the front lawn and tree-shaded street. It was on the northwestern fringe of the black ghetto. And it was a ghetto only in the sense that all who lived there were black. It was middle-class.The homes were old, but had been fashionable less that a decade earlier. Aaron would be inconspicuous in the neighborhood, and it was ten minutes driving time from Hollywood. I wouldn't have to drive through hostile country to visit him.Now...this is but one example of where I stagger through a paragraph only to reach the end and wonder, "why did I have to read that entire paragraph just then?"I can't finish this but I'm giving it 3 stars because I love this guy's acting and the films he co-wrote or acted as adviser on.This is a terrible autobiographical-crime novel. It might have been great 40 years ago or some other time but I don't have the time or inclination to finish it.I have to move on to something that suits me. Like another Goodis or maybe Larry Brown. Might re-read the entire Chandler "Marlowe" novels. I can't stand this any longer.

  • Perry Whitford
    2019-03-13 06:55

    Authentic crime fiction, written behind bars by a man who spent nearly twenty years in the hatch for all manor of crimes, some violent. Edward Bunker doubtless called on actual experience for much of the story, which is not so much a plot as an unfolding of events. His fictional protagonist, Max Dembo, is a career criminal, dreaming of going straight the day of his release after serving an eight year stretch, his longest incarceration. Upon hitting the streets, however, lack of employment opportunities, a hardline parole officer and his own criminal nature bring him back to the life, at first working alone on petty larcenies, then pulling an armed robbery with fellow ex-cons.Like I said, No Beast So Fierce is hardly plotted so much as splurged. Dembo never convinces as a convict who will reform, despite the blame that he attaches to "the system" and its adherents, such as the parole officer, who seemed unreasonably unfair. The behaviour of others towards Dembo only made sense if you ignored his own take on things and pinned him for a career criminal, which Bunker himself was at the time. It's hard not to look at the final acts of his fictional surrogate as representing the wish fulfillment of an unrepentant recidivist, which gave the book a ferocious, unbridled morality befitting its title.Soon after this novel was published Bunker was released, and incredibly he didn't commit any more crimes, instead writing more books and making cameo appearances in films by the likes of Quentin Tarantino (he was Mr. Blue in Reservoir Dogs).

  • Aurora
    2019-03-06 12:31

    Il primo noir del Signore del Noir, parola di James Ellroy (e io dello zio James mi fido sempre...).Veramente bello, anche se ogni tanto pare un po' perdersi e dilungarsi.In libertà condizionata, Max non ce la fa e nonostante le convinzioni e le ripromesse alla fine ricasca, come non era mai cascato prima.Il tutto sullo sfondo di una LA insanguinata, drogata, corrotta e violenta.Il tutto mettendo in gioco valori, definendoli e poi sbaragliandoli.Nessuno è libero in questa società. Le azioni del singolo sono la sua rivolta al suo disagio.E c'è chi si ribella a suon di rapine, raggiri, truffe e occasioni perse."- [...] Allison è perfetta per alleviare la solitudine, e andiamo alla grande sia a letto che fuori... ma non c'è la scintilla del vero amore.- L'amore di cui parli è quello dei giovani. Nessuno te lo può più dare. E' più illusione che sentimento. Quello che hai con Allison è qualcosa che può durare nel tempo.""Anche essere odiato è meglio che essere solo"[email protected]: http://auro.bookcrossing.com/journal/...

  • Raegan Butcher
    2019-03-27 04:32

    Excellent debut novel from Eddie Bunk. Drips with authenticity.

  • Gilla
    2019-03-18 11:38

    - "Perché non ci hai neanche tentato?- Non sei costretto a tentare di attraversare il Pacifico a nuoto per capire che non ce la farai..."Così Max Dembo rinuncia a tutti i buoni propositi di redenzione fatti una volta uscito dal carcere in libertà condizionata. Non un romanzo memorabile come vorrebbero James Ellroy o Niccolò Ammaniti ma interessante se si vuole indagare l'universo di chi si trova costretto a delinquere perché - nonostante le buone intenzioni - non conosce altra modalità di sopravvivenza. Edward Bunker è uno che la prigione e il mondo della criminalità li ha conosciuti piuttosto bene. Dentro e fuori dal carcere ripetutamente per reati che vanno dalla rapina a mano armata al traffico di droga, è stato anche sceneggiatore di pellicole hollywoodiane e attore. Per molti il suo "Mr. Blue" nel film "Le iene" di Quentin Tarantino rimane la sua interpretazione più celebre. In "Come una bestia feroce" Bunker riesce a rendere sicuramene mirabile la prima parte della narrazione; quella in cui ci racconta che cosa significhi davvero vivere in carcere (siamo agli inizi degli anni 70), come la prigione atrofizzi molti dei bisogni interiori o che cosa implichi il "nascere" criminale. Purtroppo non basta avere un passato maledetto per scrivere un buon romanzo ma gli spunti di riflessione sono comunque tanti, soprattutto da un punto di vista sociologico (e non solo psico-patologico). Sono spunti che si moltiplicano in modo particolare quando Max Dembo, appena uscito dal penitenziario di Folsom, si impegna a vivere un'esistenza lontana dalla malavita. Il bel proposito dura inevitabilmente poco, troppo poco per un uomo rilasciato "con i soli vestiti che indossava, senza famiglia, senza lavoro e con una somma di denaro sufficiente per due sole, frugali settimane", in una città come Los Angeles. La società gli si chiude attorno e lui reagisce come una bestia feroce (furiosamente ferita) catapultandosi nel suo vecchio mondo, per tornare finalmente ad essere il solo responsabile della sua "piccola zolla d'inferno", per tornare a fare quello che sa fare meglio. C'è un senso di ineluttabilità che pervade l'intero romanzo, l'idea di un destino a cui non sia possibile sottrarsi, nemmeno con la buona volontà. Di questa impossibilità ad autodeterminarsi Max Dembo, criminale con un bagaglio culturale al di sopra della media, è pienamente consapevole e proprio per questo il romanzo si chiude con un fragoroso f a n c u l o alla società, alla vita, al destino. E in fondo, un po' a tutti.

  • Lauren Davis
    2019-03-07 07:48

    I'm sure this was groundbreaking when it first came out, but now it feels sadly dated. Or perhaps I've just read too many of these sorts of memoirs, or... known too many people like this.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-16 08:51

    In my quest to escape from the safe little box the books I read normally fall within, I've challenged myself to pick up things that aren't usually me. Edward Bunker's No Beast So Fierce was my first attempt to do that. This is an autobiographical crime novel. It's written as the memoir of Max Dembo, a parolee from Folsom Prison who has just completed an eight-year term. Trust me when I say that this isn't the type of book I'd normally choose to read. Keep that in mind too, while you read this review. It's just the opinion of one reader who is exploring new territory.Let's start with what I liked about this. Max Dembo is a pretty fascinating case. Imagine emerging from prison, only to find that you no longer fit in with the world as it is today. Max faces not only the issue of being a former convict, but also of being someone who hasn't been part of mainstream society for almost a decade. His clothes are wrong. His demeanor makes him stand out in a crowd. Even the way he talks isn't necessarily in style anymore. Here is a man who is finally free, and yet now has so much standing in the way of the new life he wants to build.I can't tell you enough how riveting it was to watch Max face all this. Edward Bunker puts the life of a parolee in vivid black and white. It's no wonder that Max hates mainstream society. They treat him like a leper without even knowing him, simply because of where he's been. It took a lot for me to read through the parts of this where his simmering rage was directed at, well, people like me. People who don't know a thing about the system and how it creates people like him. If nothing else, this book opened my eyes to the huge divide between the former convicts and everyone else.What I didn't like, and trust me I know it's just my own biases working against me, was that this was a really heavy book. It's obvious that it will be the instance you realize that Max isn't going to make it. Still, as he started the downhill slide, the thoughts and words that came onto the page were tough to swallow. Racism, sexism, it's all on the pages. I think what made it harder for me was that much of this book is very wordy. Bunker doesn't cut down Max's stream on consciousness for our benefit. It's all there, and sometimes it's a little overwhelming.I'm not sure how much of this review actually makes sense, to be honest. I'm not even certain how I really feel about this book. I've given it three stars mainly because I liked it, but not enough to keep following Max. It's distinctly possible that it's because I never liked him in the least. The fact is, this is a well written book. It's true, and it's gritty. If that's for you? You'll probably enjoy it.

  • ABC Group
    2019-03-03 08:53

    Bunker's debut novel is hailed by some as a masterpiece of crime fiction. James Ellroy, William Styron and even Quentin Tarantino all sing his praises. Bunker even wound up in Reservoir Dogs as Mr. Blue.I read a lot of books considered to be crime fiction and Bunker stands apart in what would be more appropriately termed prison fiction. Max Dembo finds himself released from prison after an year stint. Now he's trying to live the life of the straight and narrow. Max's conviction is like that of a new religious convert. He's certain he can go take another path and live a normal life.Shortly after his release, Max reaches a tipping point and his faith in himself to live an ordinary life is challenged, leading him to change his course of action. To give anything else up here would compromise the story. The important part to note is the tipping point.Bunker has a keen sense of the criminal mind. He himself spent many years in prison in the first half of his life, and that bleeds through in No Beast So Fierce. The mindset of a habituated criminal is so well articulated in this novel I found myself agreeing with Max Dembo, despite some of the clearly unethical things he exacts upon himself and those around him. It's oddly unnerving how quickly Dembo was able to convince me of his righteousness. Overall, Edward Bunker is becoming a quick favorite of mine. He's a bit wordsmithy at times (I reached for my dictionary a lot) and that can come off as if he's trying a bit hard, but he did write this book in prison, and if I were in his shoes, I'd likely show my chops from time to time as well. A very strong debut, I highly recommend this novel to any fans of crime fiction but to all readers just the same.

  • Simon
    2019-03-12 05:46

    No Beast So Fierce by Edward Bunker This was Ed Bunkers debut novel that was written while he was in prison and looking for a way out of a life of perpetual crime and imprisonment that seemed to be his destiny.It also seemingly was the destiny for the main character in this book Max Dembo who we meet while he is inside awaiting release on Parole, he is a career criminal who was schooled in crime while working his way through the childcare system in the US and is hard as nails as he proves on his release.He tries to go straight but fails and gets involved in some real nasty nasty crimes, the book is really well written and grips from the first page to the last, and while you know many things will go wrong I was wrong in how I thought it would all pan out. A truely great hard boiled crime novel and glad I finally managed to read a second of his books, now to read some more of them.

  • Alex
    2019-03-03 10:52

    Di con este libro porque estaba buscando el de Jackie Brown y descubrí que Mr. Blue de Perros de reserva era escritor. Esta es su primer novela y la neta no defrauda. Edward Bunker fue ladrón, asalta bancos, narco, pimp, preso. Toda esta experiencia la usa para narrar esta novela en la forja el retrato de un individuo desesperado que al salir de la cárcel intenta ser una persona de bien sólo para encontrarse atrapado en los bajos mundos de Los Ángeles rodeado por un espiral de ira y desesperación. Muy bueno la neta.

  • pierlapoquimby
    2019-03-10 08:29

    Max Dembo sa di aver sbagliato e ne ha pagato le conseguenze. Ora vuol provare a ricominciare, a sistemarsi, come una persona normale.E ci prova. Forse, però, non abbastanza. O forse, per uno come lui non c'è altra via che quella del crimineE' un poco di buono, in fondo, e all'occorrenza sa mascherarsi da bestia feroce. Alla fine, resta il tremendo rimpianto per un'occasione sprecata.

  • Carrie Kaplowitz
    2019-02-27 10:40

    Honestly, I would have given 2 1/2 stars. It really was a lot of reading about someone who lives a life of crime after getting out of prison. Not much interest and really most of the book is about setting up one robbery after another.

  • Offuscatio
    2019-03-08 09:49

    Bunker sabe lo que hace.

  • Guille
    2019-03-20 06:48

    Solo soy un lector veraniego de este género literario, así que seguramente estaré completamente equivocado, pero creedme, yo soy el primero que lamenta que este libro no me haya gustado lo que esperaba (esas malditas expectativas).Excepto por un episodio puntual en las dos primeras partes y la breve tercera, me ha parecido un libro flojo. Sé que este no es el sentir general, que todas las críticas que he leído la ponen por las nubes, pero qué queréis que os diga, yo no le he encontrado la gracia por ningún lado y no me refiero solo a que el sentido del humor se lo debió guardar el autor para mejores menesteres. No he leído esa novela absorbente que describen esas críticas, yo la he encontrado muy lineal y sosa en general. Tampoco he visto por ningún lado ese análisis psicológico de personajes complejos que algunos apuntan y, desde luego, nunca se me ocurriría calificarlo como el libro más bello jamás escrito sobre... sea la cosa que sea. Aparte de temas como el deficiente sistema penitenciario americano, la vida de delincuencia del ex convicto como única alternativa real (muy existencialista para mí), incluso como la alternativa que esta sociedad se merece o la adición a las drogas como compensación a una vida de mierda, es un libro sobre la lealtad y la amistad, aunque a veces su tratamiento me ha parecido un tanto pastelón. Eso sí, el tío habla de lo que conoce y de una forma que quiere ser objetiva. Todo suena muy creíble, aunque quizás ese enfoque frío que el autor parece que quiso darle a la historia consiguió precisamente eso conmigo: que me distanciara. Y creedme que lo lamento.

  • D. Reed
    2019-03-04 04:30

    I picked this up for insight into the criminal mind. It provided some of that, but the author tried too hard to impress. For an almost fifty year old book, it still seems timely. I never developed any sympathy for Max, and thought some scenes implausible - the relationship with the parole officer, and the girl. It gets a lukewarm recommendation.

  • Dennis
    2019-03-01 05:56

    Gritty & realistic. Holds up well after all these years. I'll read more of Bunker.

  • John Dowling
    2019-03-01 06:32

    Some good insight here into the criminal mind. Cold, calculated, with hints of compassion surfacing occasionally.

  • Brandon Duncan
    2019-03-05 11:50

    He wrote about what he knew most, the criminal lifestyle, and his writing style is under rated if you ask me. I liked all of his works.

  • Alfonso de Castro
    2019-03-03 09:28

    Crudo, descarnado y brillante. Lo he leído de un tirón y me ha encantado. Deseando leer mas!.

  • Joe
    2019-03-07 07:34

    Fierce indeed. Up there with the best.

  • Steve Rooney
    2019-03-05 12:42

    4.5 stars A fascinating look at the mindset of the career criminal told in a fast moving narrative of a recently paroled robber, dealer and all-around crook.

  • Ryan
    2019-03-01 07:53

    Hardcover Edition - 4.3 Stars

  • Marco Svevo
    2019-03-15 07:40

    a distanza di un anno mi capita di vedere un film con dustin h. (anzi due): straight time e lenny (due filmoni, tra l'altro, specie il secondo)straight time=come una bestia ferocema che bella sopresa.

  • Jodell
    2019-03-23 09:50

    This book describes and depicts the realities of life once a person is released from prison. I agree with the part of law enforcement and correctional agencies that most prison environments are dehumanizing and not oriented towards "rehabilitation" or developing personal empathy or insights that will lead to positive changes.However, I also believe that some convicts rationalize their behavior to blame external circumstances or experiences for leading to criminal behavior. There is no behavior without a thought, but it's the thinking coupled with empathy that also holds the potential for meaningful change...Soon after release he decided's to go back to criminal activity because its all he feels he knows. He feels he has no god or person to place his burdens. he feels pain without purpose is the most unendurable kind. His anguished thoughts were of no significance than the whirring's of a moth upon a window pane. He often thinks "what kind of life is this".I want to tell him, "better than the one in prison". But I'm not in this story. He has robbed the downtrodden, taken fury and violence to a different level. He was not repentant, or remorseful just agonized at the whole tangle of human existence. He feels that crime is his only exit.As he ponders on this he say's. "The saddest things are the funniest". I want to tell him, "that's how you survive it". Even on the outside. He even finds a girl who accepts him as he is but he knows The veil she has created is an image instead of the truth about who he really is. She tells him, "I don't judge you, condemn you, but I don't understand you.. He screws that up to because he only knows about survival not relationships.He ends up committing many crimes, killing one of his best friends and then realizing the friends wife was the rat, ends up loosing the girl He then goes on the run and ends living in a house on the ocean in another country for four years he has a quite life free of crime. He contemplates his life and his story and writes it.It seems it would have been enough for him. Peace, solitude, a nice place by the ocean, what he dreamed of for eight long years, but no He gets tired of the peace and decided's "fuck it". Off to Mexico for some more criminal activity, his last words are "fuck it". I was disappointed in his choices, for I felt he finally got what he truly wanted and found out he didn't want it after all so all the time he spent blaming others for his criminal activity's he should have blamed himself. For he got out made a peaceful life and decided against it. This book depicts a criminal mind, and the workings of parole, probation, and the problems surrounding a released convict into the world. I belive something must give. Mostly sad, but true, story even though its fiction.