Reading ➶ Requiem for a Dream Author Hubert Selby Jr. –

Reading ➶ Requiem for a Dream Author Hubert Selby Jr. – 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 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 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 Doestoevsky S To Understand Selby S Work Is To Understand The Anguish Of America The New York Times Book Review

10 thoughts on “Requiem for a Dream

  1. Michael Michael says:

    First published in 1978, seven years after the start of the War on Drugs, Requiem for a Dream tracks the course of four lives as they re destroyed by addiction The novel is written in the stream of consciousness mode, but far from the eloquent formalism of modernists like Woolf or the rambling spontaneity of the less talented Beat writers, Selby s prose reads as frenetic, tense, and unsettling His characters thoughts become increasingly

  2. K.D. Absolutely K.D. Absolutely says:

    We all want to have better lives When I was young, I wanted to be a teacher my father said no money in teaching So, I wanted to be an agriculturist he said you will be digging dirt till the day you die So, I wanted to be a priest priests die with their ass dirty as no one takes care of them So, what Why not be a doctorOkay After becoming a medtech, what But he did not have money to send me to a medical school Ha ha ha ha In my iPod, I have this

  3. Becky Becky says:

    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

  4. Charles Charles says:

    Am I the only person in the world who thought this book was terrible From thereviews, 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 quotation marks And can you get anypretentious than being too good to use an apostraphe

  5. Parthiban Sekar Parthiban Sekar says:

    Among the people who try to find the meaning of the dreams or even interpret them, there are some for whom the mere hint of any positive dream is Life The solitude, oblivious to the surrounding and the troubles which keep them wide awake in the darkest nights, is what they look for feeling them as a whole Unable to find it, these ill fated souls stimulate their solitude by poisoning their veins to save themselves from the madness that is leisurely side walking toward t

  6. MJ Nicholls MJ Nicholls says:

    Selby s novels are transgressive masterpieces with a bigness of heart and a strange, spiritual tenderness The epigraph to this book alludes to Selby s faith in God and I can see him writing about these doomed dope fiends with the compassion of a pastor tending to his flock This heartbreaking novel follows the decline of four distinct Americans young working class white male Jew, young middle class white female Jew, young working class black non Jew, and elderly widow All four

  7. Kelly Wondracek Kelly Wondracek says:

    Wow wow wow wow wow Requiem 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 bigger.It 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

  8. Kandice Kandice says:

    I m not even sure where to begin.This book was incredibly hard, and at times painful, to read The opening scene is of a young man and his friend taking his mother s television to the pawn shop to get money for heroin Although there is nothing funny about that when you really think about it, I thought that I was in for a sad story told in a comical way I mean this t.v has been pawned by the boy and then bought back by the mom so many times that the pawn shop owner has a book to record the tra

  9. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Requiem for a Dream, Hubert Selby Jr.Requiem for a Dream is a 1978 novel by American writer Hubert Selby Jr This story follows the lives of Sara Goldfarb, her son Harry, his girlfriend Marion Silver, and his best friend Tyrone C Love, who are all searching for the key to their dreams in their own ways In the process, they fall into devastating lives of addiction Harry and Marion are in love and want to open their own business their friend Tyrone wants to escape life in the ghetto To achiev Requiem fo

  10. Julian Meynell Julian Meynell says:

    I came to Selby because I realized that I was interested in a genre called transgressive fiction, which I had not, until recently, even heard of When I checked out the genre, in addition to many of my favorite books, I discovered that Selby was a leading writer I then read Last Exit To Brooklyn and loved it, so I followed up with this book It never occurred to me it would be as good It turns out that Requiem For A Dream is the best book I have read written since the 1950 s.The book is about I came to Selby b

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