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The Man with the Golden Arm (50th Anniversary Edition): 50th Anniversary… (edição 1999)

por Nelson Algren

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This is the story of "Frankie Machine," a veteran, drug addict, and card-dealer in an illicit poker game being run in Chicago's Near Northwest Side. Frankie has just returned from the federal prison for narcotics addicts in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was exposed to all the pressures, anxieties, and temptations that had put him there in the first place.… (mais)
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Título:The Man with the Golden Arm (50th Anniversary Edition): 50th Anniversary Critical Edition
Autores:Nelson Algren
Informação:Seven Stories Press (1999), Edition: 50 Anv, Paperback, 464 pages
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This tells the story of Frankie Machine and his struggles with life after coming home from WWII. After an injury he's become addicted to heroin and every fix he claims will be the last. He lives with his wife Sophia who uses a wheelchair following a car accident but is the problem psychological in nature

Enjoy is not necessarily the word to use as the book spares no punches on the reality of the world that Frankie and his friends live in.

It takes a while to get into but definitely worth the effort. The language can be hard to follow but is so descriptive that you can almost feel you are there with them.

Frankie desperately tries to please his wife while his dream is to be a drummer in a band and constantly practices.

Written when it was it was the first book that really dealt with the reality of addiction. It's never glamorised but neither does it downplay the hold heroin has.

A book which will stay with me for a long time ( )
  Northern_Light | Jul 3, 2021 |
I recently read Ironweed by William Kennedy, and found similarities between The Man with the Golden Arm and Ironweed. Both deal with individuals who begin with poor prospects in life and through a series of choices, missteps and bad luck progress into a downward spiral with no real chance of breaking away from their lifestyle. Sound depressing? It can be. The Man with the Golden Arm was extremely well written, but I enjoyed Ironweed more. I struggled though as to why. Francis Phelan in Ironweed has a chance at a different life, but there is an acceptance on his part of the life that he had come to know. Did that somehow make me feel better about Francis Phelan in Ironweed as compared to Frankie Machine in The Man with the Golden Arm. I hope not. Francis was a more likable character than Frankie. Francis cared about those around him and tried to help them. Maybe that was the difference. But that might just mean the story of Frankie Machine was more realistic. ( )
  afkendrick | Oct 24, 2020 |
The novel itself is wonderful. "We are all members of each other" seems to be the key. Low life Chicago. It's part of my family - my father grew up in Chicago; Polish was his first language. My cousin was a judge there, my uncles were fire fighters. A lot of the speech mannerisms captured by Algren in this book were used by my dad, mostly when he was in a nasty mood. This is the world he worked very hard to escape. He could never understand how I could fail to appreciate my good fortune in not being stuck back there.

I do think, reading a book like this, or walking through homeless camps etc., there but for the grace of God go I. Exactly how my middle class behavior helps to keep people stuck down at the bottom... I don't have any grand theories. I guess my best idea would be that social evolution is like species evolution. My body somehow keeps plodding along & it is not so easy to see why. These organisms are complicated beyond anyone's ability to comprehend. We can work out some of the major patterns.

This is a remarkable combination of sublime lyricism with total bleakness. Death of a Salesman, Revolutionary Road.. different worlds but similarly bleak. The lyricism is very effective at making the point: we are all members of each other. Our experiences are very similar in their depth and power. How we respond, what resources we have with which to respond, that varies enormously.

The critical essays at the end were excellent. I am no scholar of literature, but the essays seemed to cover a nice variety of responses & to augment the work itself very well. ( )
  kukulaj | Jan 20, 2020 |
This book has been on my list forever, since the bookslut 100 list, and I finally got around to reading it. As I read it, I was simultaneously aware of both how "great" it was, but also how tired I am of reading books like this. I mean really, both appreciating the book for its grittiness and for its occasional moments of just amazingly evocative narration, while at the same time just completely exhausted slogging through another story of a white man struggling with addiction and poverty in mid-20th century America.

That made it a weird read.

So, the book is great. I mean really, Algren can write. I just need to take a break from this kind of story. ( )
1 vote greeniezona | Oct 7, 2019 |
A superb read for someone living with a very ill wheelchair user and who loves Chicago. I've stood outside Algren's house for a photo against the Info board, 21 November 2010 on a trip with my daughter Beth. This is a great paperback edition - thank you Canongate. ( )
  jimsnopes | May 31, 2019 |
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This is the story of "Frankie Machine," a veteran, drug addict, and card-dealer in an illicit poker game being run in Chicago's Near Northwest Side. Frankie has just returned from the federal prison for narcotics addicts in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was exposed to all the pressures, anxieties, and temptations that had put him there in the first place.

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