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You Can't Win (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 25. Juni 2013


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William S. Burroughs was born in St. Louis in 1914. He is best-known work is 1959's "Naked Lunch"-which became the focus of a landmark 1962 Supreme Court decision that helped eliminate literary censorship in the United States. Described by Norman Mailer as one of America's few writers genuinely "possessed by genius," he died in 1997. His many other works include "Junky" and "The Place of Dead Roads" (Picador).

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very effective. 5. August 2012
Von James Robert Smith - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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For such an old book, this one is excellent. The style is amazingly simple but effective. It reminded me almost of Charles Bukowski's work at some points. I can see why William Burroughs would have admired this memoir and even cherished it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It held my attention 6. März 2015
Von Peter King - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I enjoyed this book. It held my attention so well that I finished it within two days. It transported me vividly into the seedy underbelly of late nineteenth century America. I found myself in the presence of such larger than life characters as Salt Chunk Mary, the Sanctimonious Kid, Smiler, and “Foot-and-a-half” George. I could smell the scent of cheap rooming-houses. I could feel the tension of slowly sneaking a wallet out from under a sleeping man’s pillow.

I bought it because of its much-documented influence on William Burroughs. He first read it aged thirteen and it remained a significant part of his inner landscape for the rest of his life. It is easy to see why this book had such an attraction for the young Burroughs. It’s almost as if the thirteen year old knew where he was heading as soon as he had read this book. Prose style, life-perspective, and many of the characters could (and do) walk straight out of “You Can’t Win” and into a Burroughs text.

Anyone who knows anything about “El Hombre Invisible” will recognise the following: here is the Sanctimonious Kid advising the young Jack on page 118.
“Do you want everybody to look at you? Do you want everybody that looks at you to remember you? You do not. You want as few people to look at you as possible, and you want those few to forget you as soon as possible,” he continued with emphasis.
“What you want is clothes that will not detain the eye for a second. Expensive as you like, and well-fitting, but not loud or striking. You want clothes that a man or woman could not describe as blue, brown or black five minutes after looking at you. You want neutral clothes. Be as positive yourself as you like, but no positive clothes. You’ve got to watch yourself, Kid. You know that ‘old maxim’, eternal vigilance.”

This book is well worth reading. The illustrations by Joe Coleman are also memorable.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I knew nothing about this book or the author before ... 19. Juli 2014
Von David Gaughran - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I knew nothing about this book or the author before I started reading it and it was a really pleasant surprise. It's the warts-n-all memoir of a career criminal (specifically: a prowler) at the end of the 19th century/start of the 20th century. The author doesn't attempt to justify his life of crime or blame it on a troubled upbringing/society. He just tells it straight. Fascinating book, and this edition has some further essays by the author at the back on crime and justice which are also worth reading.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Must read 22. September 2013
Von Jake Fantom - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'm half way through this book and I find it riveting. An absolutely mesmerizing account by a turn of the century grifter, hobo, and thief. It is well written, and paints an unforgettable portrait of this strata of society at a pivotal point in our country's history. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen great read 14. September 2013
Von dranken - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Great storytelling blended with insight on how to rob a bank and live by the criminal code (a code we can all abide by).
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