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Man with the Golden Arm. Nelson Algren (Revised)
Man with the Golden Arm. Nelson Algren (Revised) | Nelson Algren
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Merging a European literary sensibility with American naturalist social protest, Algren depicts America's third person society. A state where the lower classes are exploited and dehumanised, and where the sordid is no longer seen as shocking or abnormal.
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This book is a paradox. Algren is incredible. His descriptions are so vivid. His characters are complicated. He‘s one of those writers that makes me think, “How did he think of that?!” I won‘t put it on my picks shelf. Some of my customers would end up angry. Some might thank me, but I think they‘d be writers. This book is dark and seedy. What makes it paradoxical is being really amazed at how beautifully Algren describes something utterly vile.

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Tried not to buy this book. Bought it anyway. Tried to put it aside. Picked it up and haven't been able to put it down. Some books are powerful that way.

MrBook I know the feeling. It happens to me regularly. 3y
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