Requiem for A Dream

Requiem for A Dream

Book - 2000
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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.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2000.
ISBN: 9781560252481
Branch Call Number: FIC Selby
Characteristics: vii, 279 pages ; 22 cm.

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flygt
Aug 13, 2017

I loved this book. Selby really takes you along for the ride. I felt their hopes and dreams at the start and their degradation as the story moves along. A very gripping, moving story. I see that some readers took issue with the style, and didn't find that to be a problem, if anything it felt right for story. Just a matter of taste I reckon. 

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firecatwarrior
Apr 24, 2016

Like other reviewers, I was so disturbed by the film (which kept me up for 2 nights) I finally (after numerous years went by) read the book. Selby's writing is amazing. I see EXACTLY why the film was made the way is was: a perfect "requiem" to the book. Selby's writing style makes you feel like you are actually in the room witnessing each scene, a part of each conversation. Raw, hopeful, flippant, & simply, darkly beautiful. I truly don't know which I find better or more disturbing: the book or the film. They are both perfect in their raw, completely disturbing darkness. An amazing read.

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PearlyBaker
Sep 06, 2014

One of my favorite reads of this genre. The characters and their fates were all real and tragic in their own individual way. I will definitely read more of Hubert's novels.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 27, 2014

Like most everyone else, I saw the movie (one of the more assaultive viewing experiences I've had) before reading the book by Hubert Selby Jr, whose other major book, "Last Exit to Brooklyn" was also turned into a film. The movie followed the plot pretty closely: four characters, all addicts in their way, lose their shit and their lives go downhill fast, culminating in amputation, jail, shock therapy and prostitution. So maybe this isn't one for the kids. Selby's prose style is both powerful and crude, a kind of undigested mix of Algren, the Beats, Faulkner and Miller that avoids traditional punctuation (no quotation marks for dialogue, for example) and favors long sentences and big chunk paragraphs. Raw as bloody, red meat.

natasha_kcls Sep 16, 2013

I saw the movie first, and went away from it so disturbed and shaken that I knew I had to get more of it, so I got the book out and I couldn't put it down. All of the characters are so wrapped up in their dreams that their the pain of watching their katabases unfold would be unbearable had it not been for my knowledge, having watched the movie first, that each would encounter the most excruciating and precipitous downfall imaginable. There was no escape. Despite the seemingly simple downwards track that this plot takes, there is something hauntingly real about it, and about the dreams that drive the characters blindly into the ground.

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