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Song Of The Silent Snow And Other Stories [Paperback]

Hubert Selby
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Jan. 1 1991
Hubert Selby is probably one of the six best novelists writing in the English language.?Financial Times

Author of controversial cult classic, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Hubert Selby began as a writer of short fiction. He excels in this form, plunging the reader head-first into the densely realized worlds of his protagonists, in which the details of daily life rub shoulders with obsession and madness.

Although fundamentally concerned with morality, Selby's own sense of humility prevents him from preaching. He offers instead a passionate empathy with the ordinary dreams and aspirations of his characters, a brilliant ear for the urban vernacular and for the voices of conscience and self-deceit that torment his characters.

"A major American author of a stature with William Burroughs and Joseph Heller."?Los Angeles Times

"Selby's place is in the front rank of American novelists ... to understand his work is to understand the anguish of America."?The New York Times Book Review

Novels by Hubert Selby Jr available from Marion Boyars: Last Exit to Brooklyn, The Room, The Demon, Requiem for a Dream and The Willow Tree..
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These 15 stories from the author of Last Exit to Brooklyn range from clipped street vernacular to poetic description, but common to all the pieces in this slightly uneven collection is a compassionate vision. "The Coat" is essential Selby: an unsparing portrait of a homeless man whose relationship with his coathis lifelineis more humanly meaningful than the violent city around him. A girl on a subway becomes a man's fantasy object, a salesman finds courage and success through fortune cookies, a father smashes a TV to gain his son's attention, and in a twisted way he doesthe son tapes the incident: Selby's work is earthy, thoughtful, funny, and about a recognizably uncaring world. Peter Bricklebank, English Dept., City Coll., CUNY
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


We believe Selby's characters and will never forget them. Selby has written from the gut with great compassion The Nation Selby's place is in the front rank of American novelists ... to understand his work is to understand the anguish of America New York Times Book Review Selby brings a scorching light to a limited area of human existence, which most people know of but do not know Newsweek --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Harry-ific! Oct. 13 1997
By Mark
Hubert Selby certainly has a mania for the name Harry. In at least three of his novels, one of the main characters is named Harry. In "Last Exit in Brooklyn", there is also a supporting cast of Harrys in addition to Harry the strikebreaker. Therefore, I wasn't too surprised to discover that every short story in this collection is about a guy named Harry. Well, different guys named Harry, at least. It's fun to try and imagine that the stories are all about the same guy, but it just doesn't work, I'm sorry to report. Anyway, not as good as "Last Exit", but what is? Overall, a solid collection, with the exception of a couple snoozers, such as "The Sound", a riff on the same subject as Selby's dullest novel, "The Room" (I can't remember if that one is about a Harry or not...). Selby is such a good writer I wish that he had written more than a mere five books in thirty years of writing. But what he did write is excellent, so why complain? In other words, buy this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great at times Feb. 27 2002
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every hubert selby jnr. book is an enjoyable read,and still completely different from what every one else is doing. he is compassionate and yet brutal in his prose. this is a collection of short stories, and as with all short story collections it is a mixed bag at times. the best here are the coat, about an alcoholic tramps love for his coat, so much so that he's willing to die to die for it and the title story seemingly a story of a depressed mans near death experience in the snow and his sudden realisation that he loves his life. read this book, it's easy to read but there are underlying meanings that some will and some won't quite understand.i'm not sure if i did but i thoroughly enjoyed guessing and will continue to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful May 26 2002
Some of the stories will make you laugh, some will make you want to cry. All main characters are called Harry. All have different lives, different stories, but something underneath is the same. What is the common thread of the different Harrys? Read the book.
This is 13 short stories as aposed to his other novels, granted,but is also the easiest book of Selby jr to read. A great place to start with this wonderful and truely original American author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It just can't get any better! Nov. 6 1999
By A Customer
I feel the need to have this book with me at all times. If you are the kind of person who is up untill 3:00 in the morning thinking about all the people who waste your time [and rob you of your sleep] this is a book for you. Every aspect of humanity can be found in the pages of these short stories. You will be a better person for reading Hubert Selby Jr.'s masterpiece.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good collection Dec 13 2011
This is a good collection of short stories for anyone who appreciates the works of Hubert Selby. It deals with similar themes of his other books, such as the underbelly of (New York) society and the ordinary struggles that everyday people can find themselves in. However, the stories included here are by no means as gruesome as what you will read in his other texts, particularly The Room or as disturbing as the stories in Last Exit to Brooklyn. But for those who are intrigued by such themes, this book does contain some similar insights. Definitely recommended for the Selby fan who wants a portable, quick-reading collection of shorts.
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