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Pimp: The Story of My Life Paperback – May 10, 2011
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"ICEBERG SLIM WAS THE GODFATHER OF A GENRE." --K'wan, #1 Essence Best-selling author
"ICEBERG, SLIM BABY RIDE RIMS" --Jay-Z lyrics to "So Ghetto"
"ONE OF THE GREATEST BLACK WRITERS IN AMERICAN HISTORY." --Ice-T
"ESSENTIAL READING" --Irvine Welsch for The Guardian
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The plot is about a man's rise and fall as a pimp in the 1930s and 1940s. Oddly enough this reminded me of Malcom X's Autobiography. If Malcom X hadn't left the streets this could've been him.
This book is fantastic, Iceburg Slim gives an unflinching, uncensored look at his life, his enviornment, and his actions. I won't spoil the plot further, it'll send you on a roller-coaster of emotions; from sadness to disgust, humor to anger, disbelief at the actions of the justice system, the side characters and Iceburg himself.
It's great, it's sobering, and it's relevant. Read it!
This self titled bio, lays out the traps of a young man who was abused, controlled and dominated by those whom he trusted; only to rise, fall and finally rise again, throughout his life.
The author tells the reader to NOT go down the road he's gone, Nor to glorify his past lifestyle. It's great to know the author found his True calling; as a man who purges his being by expelling his life choices, with the help of his wife; via this bio.
Even if it was only part true, the fictional elements and details are superb.
The flow is smooth, it's easy to follow and there's so much vivid detail.I thoroughly enjoyed this selection and I hope that one day I'll be able to write something this good!
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This book is not for the faint-hearted. It contains horrifying accounts of violence against women that would make even the most vehement misogynist wince. In some ways, this is their story as much as Slim's: By the end of the book, you won't just understand why someone would choose to be a pimp, you'll also understand why someone would allow themselves to be pimped. It's a grim portrait, but there are certainly lessons from history worth learning here.
This book was not to adorn being a pimp, but quite the contrary. Iceberg Slim tries to show you the life as it was with the good, the bad and the ugly. He makes no apologies for his vile behavior, moreover, his honesty and rawness throughout the book was refreshing which made it a far better read.