text Reuiem for a Dream
Reuiem for a Dream doc ✓ Trade Paperback Read ç moneyexpresscard ↠ In Coney Island Brooklyn Sarah Goldfarb a lonely widow wants nothing than to lose weight and appear on a television game show She becomes addicted to diet pills in her obsessive uest while her junkie son Harry along with his girlfrienE 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 se Am I the only person in the world who thought this book was terrible? From the reviews apparently so The book is all narrative and dialouge In other words all telling with virtually no showing And what's up with cramming everyone's dialogue into the same paragraph so you can't always tell who is speaking? Why not just break it normally so it's clear? Or for goodness sake use uotation marks And can you get any pretentious than being too good to use an apostraphe when you write youre or Im? What's wrong with you're and I'm?Anyway I'll never bother to read anything by this writer again
Hubert Selby Jr. ✓ Reuiem for a Dream text
E that they have instead created their own worst nightmaresSelby'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 Doestoevsky's To understand Selby's work is to understand the anguish of America The New York Times Book Revie Wow wow wow wow wow Reuiem for a Dream manages to be so painful and beautiful at the same time Although I'd seen the film before I read this book and knew the fate of the characters I was still following their paths with such anxiety and hope It's an account of people who dream big but lose much biggerIt follows four characters in the Bronx There's Sarah a widow who spends her days living vicariously through her television while eating boxed chocolates On the warm days she joins her lifelong neighbors for chatting and sunbathing outdoors When she receives a phone call informing her that she's been specially selected to participate in a new game show her heart swells with anticipation She recovers her red dress from her glory years gets her hair colored a matching blaze and begins obsessively dieting in order to fit into the dress once again imagining herself being admired on TV and being the envy of the block Sarah's son Harry along with his best friend Tyrone and girlfriend Marion are meanwhile doing some serious summer partying Harry and Tyrone begin dealing heroin plotting to score the pure stuff and bringing in big bucks at first until the supply and demand of the streets catches up with them in the following winter months Harry and Marion who were once planning on taking the drug money and opening an artsy coffee shop soon see their aspirations fade away As their addictions worsen they become and desperate for a fix going to extreme lengths they would have never stooped to in their purer days Sarah remains on a parallel downward spiral going back and forth between uppers and downers practically oblivious to the devastating effects the pills are having on her healthSelby's depictions of the 80s south Bronx are nightmarish corpses in abandoned buildings addicts faking each other out just so their lives can be spared The writing style itself lends to atypical punctuation marathon sentences and street dialect yet the style doesn't detract from the book's readability The descriptions and the careful layering of the book's events will leave readers cringing as their hearts break for these charactersThe characters experience little warmth from the outside world of hospitals medical clinics and jails While their need to be saved is so obvious Selby paints a system that methodically grinds their faces in the dirt whether it be to prejudice profit or just general apathyIn the preface Selby states that the book is about four individuals who pursued the American Dream and the results of their pursuit He ends the preface with Unfortunately I suspect there never will be a reuiem for the Dream simply because it will destroy us before we have the opportunity to mourn its passing Perhaps time will prove me wrong As Mr Hemingway said 'Isn't it pretty to think so?'
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Reuiem for a DreamIn Coney Island Brooklyn Sarah Goldfarb a lonely widow wants nothing than to lose weight and appear on a television game show She becomes addicted to diet pills in her obsessive uest while her junkie son Harry along with his girlfriend Marion and his best friend Tyrone have devised an illicit shortcut to wealth and leisur Man MAN That's some fucked up shit right there I have so much to say about this book that I don't know where I should start or how to say anything and last night when I started this review I was just kind of stuck in a kind of disturbed loss for words And I've seen the movie and I knew what to expect but I still feel a deep sadness and revulsion and shock after finishing the story It's just traumatizing Brilliant but traumatizing I'll just go ahead and say now that if you're concerned about spoilers just move on I don't think I can avoid spoilers in this one so continue reading if you want but don't bitch if you read something you didn't want to know about the bookmovie It's been many years since I've seen the movie but it's one that has stuck with me I'm sure I'm not at all alone in this There are some images and feelings that the movie evoked in me that just stay with me When I hear the title or even just the word Reuiem these images and feelings surface When I hear music from the Kronos uartet same thing It's a visceral reaction I didn't recall every moment of the movie of course having not seen it for years prior to reading the book But the amount that stuck with me was enough to make this reading experience almost like re watching the movie At least that's how it felt to me as I was reading After I finished the book I watched the movie again and though there are some differences some of them major for the most part the movie adaptation sits right in the book's lap Right from the start watching Harry steal his mother's TV to pawn it for dope money it was like I could see the movie playing in my mind as I read This is a pretty rare situation that I find myself in though because I almost feel as though I'm comparing the book to the movie rather than the other way around I usually go out of my way to avoid seeing movies prior to reading the book they are based on if I can help it but seeing as how I saw this movie first when I was 18 and didn't know it was a book until over a decade later it makes sense that it would feel this way to me The only other time I've felt this way was with Children of Men a movie I really liked and a book I fucking hated Clearly I didn't hate this one though In fact I kind of loved it I feel like the movie while pretty damn accurate to the book didn't uite have the same depth I feel like the book did a better job at portraying the inner thoughts of the characters especially with Sara The book spends a lot time showing the slow descent into desperation for these addicts The movie kind of seems like a long PSAworst case scenario cautionary tale Do drugs and this is how you could end up And while that's valid to an extent and the same could be said about the book I think the movie almost loses sight of the fact addiction is a disease it's as much a mental need as a physical one and it's not just a result of an action like doing drugs or drinking alcohol This is made much clearer in the book in my opinion The movie touches on it briefly a little scene where Harry and Marion are talking about Sara's TV habit for instance but for the most part it just shows the most dramatic and horrifying aspects and kind of doesn't have time for the everyday problems of addiction Side note here There's a lot of stereotyping in the book the Jewish mother figure her Yenta friends the late 70s black character the uber racist South etc There's a lot of it and those are just some examples It's extreme But in a way it's necessary I think This is not a subtle book It's an intense in your face with a 2x4 kind of book so I think that if the characters weren't also shown in extremes it would have felt inconsistent to me But the movie does away with much of that and I feel like while the movie's been modernized to a certain degree it also takes away some maybe a lot of the impactThe movie also glosses over some of the non addiction fueled ugliness shown in the book S