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Requiem for a Dream

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ISBN13: 9781560252481
ISBN10: 1560252480
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In Coney Island, Brooklyn, Sara Goldfarb, a lonely widow, wants nothing more than to lose weight and appear on a television game show. She becomes addicted to diet pills in her obsessive quest, while her junkie son, Harry, along with his girlfriend, Marion, and his best friend, Tyrone, have devised an illicit shortcut to wealth and leisure by scoring a pound of uncut heroin. Entranced by the gleaming visions of their futures, these four convince themselves that unexpected setbacks are only temporary. Even as their lives slowly deteriorate around them, they cling to their delusions and become utterly consumed in the spiral of drugs and addiction, refusing to see that they have instead created their own worst nightmares.

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"Selby's place is in the front rank of American novelists." New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

Over twenty years after its first publication in 1978, Requiem for a Dream makes it to the big screen in a major motion picture starring Ellen Burstyn, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans, Jared Leto, and Christopher McDonald. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, the highly acclaimed director of Pi, the movie was released in November 2000. In this searing novel, two young hoods, Harry and Tyrone, and a girlfriend fantasize about scoring a pound of uncut heroin and getting rich. But their habit gets the better of them, consumes them and destroys their dreams. "Selby's place is in the front rank of American novelists. His work has the power, the intimacy with suffering and morality, the honesty and moral urgency of Dostoevsky's....To understand Selby's work is to understand the anguish of America." — The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Selby was born in Brooklyn, New York. After a career in the merchant marine cut short by illness, he achieved international recognition for his books.

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lukas, January 27, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
Like most everyone else, I saw the movie (one of the more assaultive viewing experiences I've had) before reading the book by Hubert Selby Jr, whose other major book, "Last Exit to Brooklyn" was also turned into a film. The movie followed the plot pretty closely: four characters, all addicts in their way, lose their shit and their lives go downhill fast, culminating in amputation, jail, shock therapy and prostitution. So maybe this isn't one for the kids. Selby's prose style is both powerful and crude, a kind of undigested mix of Algren, the Beats, Faulkner and Miller that avoids traditional punctuation (no quotation marks for dialogue, for example) and favors long sentences and big chunk paragraphs. Raw as bloody, red meat.
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meredycat, March 29, 2008 (view all comments by meredycat)
I loved how this book showed the different ways that addiction can change your life. It's disturbing, yet moving, a great read.
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Sinapu, November 20, 2007 (view all comments by Sinapu)
Requiem for a Dream is one of the greatest classics of all time. They did a fantastic job on the movie too. If you want to read a truly moving piece of writing, this one is for you.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781560252481
Author:
Selby Jr., Hubert
Publisher:
Thunder's Mouth Press
Author:
Selby, Hubert
Author:
Aronofsky, Darren
Author:
Shelby, Hubert, Jr.
Author:
Shelby, Hubert, Jr.
Author:
Price, Richard
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Mothers and sons
Subject:
Narcotic addicts
Subject:
Drug abuse
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Coney Island
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
97-99
Publication Date:
19991031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 10 oz

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Over twenty years after its first publication in 1978, Requiem for a Dream makes it to the big screen in a major motion picture starring Ellen Burstyn, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans, Jared Leto, and Christopher McDonald. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, the highly acclaimed director of Pi, the movie was released in November 2000. In this searing novel, two young hoods, Harry and Tyrone, and a girlfriend fantasize about scoring a pound of uncut heroin and getting rich. But their habit gets the better of them, consumes them and destroys their dreams. "Selby's place is in the front rank of American novelists. His work has the power, the intimacy with suffering and morality, the honesty and moral urgency of Dostoevsky's....To understand Selby's work is to understand the anguish of America." — The New York Times Book Review
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