|Walk on the Wild Side, a (1956) [Novel]|
by Nelson Algren
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(From the publisher):
Mr. Algren says: "This is a story that tries to tell something about the natural toughness of women and men, in that order. Although it is for the most part about New Orleans in the 1930's, I like to think it is really about any street of any big town in the country."
"The book asks why lost people sometimes develop into greater human beings than those who have never been lost in their whole lives. Why men who have suffered the most at the hands of men are the natural believers in humanity, while those whose part has been simply to acquire, to take all and give nothing, are the most contemptuous of mankind. Why the laughter of old survivors rings more true than those whose laughs have to be bought."
Nelson Algren writes of the people of Perdido Street in the old French Quarter; of Furnished Rooms, Hotel, and places even more dubious; of "spook-green halls the very hue of distrust"-the haunts of those who live on the wild side of life.These battered people have not lost their individuality, or their appeal. Girls like Kittw Twist, for example: "That's not my real handle, of course. It's just what they took to callin' me in The Home. I'm seventeen almost eighteen 'n I've run from five homes. I'll keep on runnin' till I'm eighteen. Then I'll marry a good pickpocket adndsettle down." And men like Dove Lnkhorn: "I do have a very strong mind. I reckon a man with a mind as strong as mine could in time prize up creation and put a small chink under it."
Original title: A Walk on the Wild Side
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