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. 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 go

  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. 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

  5. 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 A

  6. Kelly Kelly 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 da...

  7. 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

  8. Lavinia Lavinia says:

    I m quite surprised that many readers regard it as a book about drug addiction and junkies of different types I as the title clearly states mainly see it as an attempt of pursuing the American Dream, the one that grants all American citizens total and pure freedom And so, since nobody really knows if the Dream is dead or not, anybody is free to try it out.What makes it better than the film if this was ever debatable , is the story line and the stories behind the characters Due to my bad me I

  9. 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

  10. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    Requiem for a Dream was an addiction for me The pun intended I couldn t read this fast enough I wish I hadn t been so busy, and could have devoured this in one day This is an easy, five star favorite for me Requiem was my first Selby, Jr read, and it definitely impressed me The writing style is his own, and every character s personality was so visual and real The story of these four people is heartbreaking in their own ways, but, compulsively readable in their own right Is it weird to s Requiem for a Dream

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