Editorial Reviews. Review. “The intensity of his feeling, the accuracy of his thought, make me wonder if any other writer of our time has shown us more exactly. A Walk on the Wild Side, novel by Nelson Algren, published in The book is a reworking of his earlier novel Somebody in Boots (). Dove Linkhorn. /5 When Lou Reed referenced Nelson Algren’s novel, A Walk on the Wild Side, he borrowed more than the title. Like Algren, Reed.

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Explore the Home Gift Guide. A Walk on the Wild Side novel by Algren. The real star of this novel, however, is Algren’s prose. A story encompassing midget pimps, legless former circus strongmen, Southern aristocrats suffering from “black mammy syndrome,” conniving door-to-door salesmen, prostitutes, hustlers, runaways named Kitty Twist, the sane, the insane, the homeless, the insane sane homeless wall as eighteenth century admirals, and condom factories.

I found my way to the streets on the other side of the Southern Pacific station, where nleson big jukes were singing something called “Walking the Wild Side of Life.

New Orleans, Louisiana United States.

A Walk on the Wild Side: A Novel – Nelson Algren – Google Books

wold Country boy Dove Linkhorn, son of Fitz hell-fire preacher and cesspool cleaner ,defiler of women, smarter than he looks bum, leaves Texas for New Orleans where he fits right in for a while, with the depression-era cripples, prostitutes, pimps, flimflam artists,and prison-life.

Contact our editors with your feedback. His writing is a thing of raw, naked power. When he gets out the jug six-months later, Schmidt still hasn’t found Hallie. According to his friend Kurt Vonnegut, “no matter how famous he became, he remained a poor man living among the poor, and usually alone”. WOTWS is surely one of the great well springs from which tales of the American underbelly, druggy lit, road lit and even gonzo and many aspects of post modern writing would flow f An amazing and beautiful ride!


Account Options Sign in. It’s not only that before Heller and Kesey there was Algren. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. With its depictions of the downtrodden prostitutes, bootleggers, and hustlers of Perdido Street in the old French Quarter of s New Orleans, A Walk in the Wild Side has found a place in the imaginations of all generations since it first appeared.

What to de Beauvoir was an affirmation of their love was to Algren, who had himself quarried the lives of others, a betrayal. His answer was my last surprise.

I listened to it on audiotape, which made the rich language come alive.

A Walk On The Wild Side, by Nelson Algren

From my point of view it is a novel about the depression that is an amalgam of Grapes of Wrath and Confederacy of Dunces.

Nothing came of it, though the results would have surely been staggering for one reason aide another. The book tells of his misadventures as he tries to navigate the Depression with time spent selling door to door, in brothels and in jail.

But redeems himself nekson pretty much avoiding the annoying switch in viewpoint within multiple character scenes that mar his other, otherwise excellent work.

The ice broke and, had he not been rescued, Algren would have died in its freezing waters. In consequence, his aesthetics were not what the new empire wanted, and nor was his subject – the dispossessed – any longer of interest.

Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics wiild Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. Dove began hanging around the La Fe en Dios chili parlor in the ruins of the Hotel Crockett on the other side of town. And the characters he creates are unbelieveable.


Meanwhile, his hope for success in Hollywood had ended bitterly in a feud with Otto Preminger, whose film of Man with the Golden Arm Algren described as “my war with America as represented by Kim Novak”. Not focused on a struggling family but a struggling everybody. View all 11 comments.

InLou Reed was approached about a project to turn A Walk on the Wild Side into a musical, a story he tells during his song of the same name on his Live: Despite the filth and the dishonesty, there’s a real theme of honour amongst thieves running throughout, with Algren pointing out on several occasions that it’s the people with nothing who are the most likely to help you. Algren himself said, “The book asks why lost people sometimes develop into greater human beings than those who have never been lost in their whole lives.

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