Requiem for a Dream: A Novel

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Thunder's Mouth Press, 1978 - Fiction - 279 pages
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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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emotional thrill-ride

User Review  - emily04256 - Borders

This book changed me. As a person. So descriptive, so captivating, it pulls you in, you can't let go. I literally would sit in my room reading this book getting butterflies in my tummy when I read the ... Read full review

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Cruel, depressing, intense, fresh, and impressive! One of the best book I've read recently for sure. You could see a beginning of something completely normal, until it brings you deeper and deeper to what it is trying to tell. If you expect a book that has humor and romance, this is not a good book to read if you expect a happier ending. I'd suggest you read Trainspotting. This book has something within that can't be explained. You must read this to understand what I'm trying to say. Sarah Goldfarb, I think I may need a tissue for this part...  

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About the author (1978)

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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