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Nelson Algren James R. Giles

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The Man with the Golden Arm By Nelson Algren James R. Giles The Man with the Golden Arm A novel of rare genius The Man with the Golden Arm describes the dissolution of a card dealing WWII veteran named Frankie Machine caught in the act of slowly cutting his own heart into wafer thin sl

  • Title: The Man with the Golden Arm
  • Author: Nelson Algren James R. Giles
  • ISBN: 9781888363180
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Man with the Golden Arm By Nelson Algren James R. Giles A novel of rare genius, The Man with the Golden Arm describes the dissolution of a card dealing WWII veteran named Frankie Machine, caught in the act of slowly cutting his own heart into wafer thin slices For Frankie, a murder committed may be the least of his problems.The literary critic Malcolm Cowley called The Man with the Golden Arm Algren s defense of the individuaA novel of rare genius, The Man with the Golden Arm describes the dissolution of a card dealing WWII veteran named Frankie Machine, caught in the act of slowly cutting his own heart into wafer thin slices For Frankie, a murder committed may be the least of his problems.The literary critic Malcolm Cowley called The Man with the Golden Arm Algren s defense of the individual, while Carl Sandburg wrote of its strange midnight dignity A literary tour de force, here is a novel unlike any other, one in which drug addiction, poverty, and human failure somehow suggest a defense of human dignity and a reason for hope.
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    1. Drew on said:

      Listen up, those of you who loved Hard Rain Falling Carpenter s good, but as far as I can tell from just reading one book from each of them, Carpenter owes just about everything he s got to Algren.The Man With the Golden Arm follows Frankie Machine, morphine addict and sometime card dealer, on a slow path of dissolution my favorite kind of path It s similar to Infinite Jest in its sober and sobering study of addiction and the cycle of poverty, and I have a hard time believing Sergeant McGantic w [...]

    2. Scott Sigler on said:

      I m not entirely sure how I feel about this book.First off, the writing Holy crap can Algren write The language is lush and gorgeous His ability to paint vivid character portraits is among the best I ve ever read Analogy and metaphor are this cat s playground While I m not much for the world of literature, it s easy to see why this won the National Book Award in 1950.On the other hand, though, is the story itself Goddamn depressing Wait, I should use all caps IT IS GODDAMNED DEPRESSING All of th [...]

    3. Carol on said:

      I grew up in Chicago in the neighborhood Algren writes about and at the same time he was writing about it so from the beginning I was at odds with this book This isn t the neighborhood that I grew up in But after finishing the book and thinking about some of my Polish relatives who either owned taverns or spent a lot of time in taverns I have to reluctantly admit that Algren is portraying a part of Chicago that I was simply too young to know about.Some reviewers have referred to this neighborhoo [...]

    4. Andrew on said:

      The old American myth is that if we work hard and have a properly optimistic attitude, the world is at our fingertips Life is good and good for you in God s Country This is bullshit.And Nelson Algren, at the height of the McCarthy Era, had the courage to say so His are the stories of all the American dreamers who lost out While the story drags a bit at time, it s still compelling Algren breaks up the storyline with long, poetically gorgeous ruminations about sociology, psychology, and what it is [...]

    5. Katie Grainger on said:

      The Man with the Golden Arm is an incredible peace of American literature which tells the story of Frankie Machine When Frankie arrives home to Chicago from the Second World War he comes back with a Morphine habit which he initially hides from his associates and wife Life for Frankie is hard, he dreams of being a drummer but his real skill is in his arm, being a card dealer He uses his skills to make his money However back at home his wife Sophie is not making life easy for him either She has be [...]

    6. Pete on said:

      I have had a beautiful if a tad yellow around the edges used copy of The Man with the Golden Arm sitting on my shelf, unread, for 5 years now Part of me did not want to read it for fear of damaging its aging cover by hauling the book to and fro, and part of me was immensely turned off by his other writings Algren has a tendency to romanticize too much, to assign higher meanings to low functioning people existing in a sub prime city The Man, however, hits on so many universal truths, and does so [...]

    7. Sean on said:

      A mind blowing book, set in the tenements and bars of the down and out in pre WWII Chicago the main character a junkie card dealer whose arm is golden because of his steady dealing skills and the lines of scars an amazing mixture of idiomatic language capturing the thoughts, ticks, and dreams of the homeless, alcoholics, cripples, bar owners and prostitutes and a pristine, lyrical narrative voice you are both in the world and looking in into its tragedy is this book christian in its negative uto [...]

    8. Emma Sea on said:

      Loved the writing Loved Did not care for the plot Bored Quitting.

    9. Dwight on said:

      There was plenty not to like about this book, but the author really pulled it all together and made a compelling story out of a bunch of characters that were not very relatable at the beginning The first few chapters seemed to just be here s an unlikeable character, but he s nothing compared to the next guy It is a tough story well told.

    10. Tim on said:

      I think I want to like this book than I did If I had read it ten years ago, I think I would have thought it was completely incredible, but I ve spent a lot of time reading a bunch of Bukowski and listening to a bunch of Tom Waits and the hard times theme is so familiar that it s difficult to fully appreciate that this guy was doing it long before the stuff I ve mostly read Either way, this is a pretty awesome Chicago novel, and Algren knows how to hit hard with his phrasing He has a nice combin [...]

    11. Maggie Roessler on said:

      Some cats just swing that wayThe book is so good I don t know what to say about it but I can say something about that introduction because that was plain awful Again and again Giles tells us how Algren challenges us to identify with these grotesque poor people Well when I first started reading this I did have that wow moment of damn, I never did quite imagine so clearly what it would be like to actually be one of those putrid crusty drunks leering cock eyed from a bar stool I m thinking of Blind [...]

    12. Deodand on said:

      This book is a powerfulwell, everything There is great power in the story, such that you will fall down a dark hole I could read a book like this at a rock concert and not hear a note The world is so fully realized that, while I was reading, whatever was going on around me disappeared I was there There is a strong indictment against poverty, but the stronger message was against alcohol Algren s written a time capsule for those of us born after the negative effects of drink were well known Nearly [...]

    13. Jennifer on said:

      I can t believe I ve put off reading Algren for so long I had no idea what a brilliant writer he was Not to mention, as a born and raised Chicagoan, 3rd generation Pole, and having lived in Ukrainian Village for a spell, I have a special appreciation for his descriptions of post WWII Chicago and his masterful use of the vernacular The image of Piggy O s bleeding gums turning the froth of his beer pink is one I can t erase from my mind and I love the quote about the great, secret and special Amer [...]

    14. Alex Laser on said:

      A beautiful elegy to the down and out Algren s work lies somewhere on the spectrum between Ashcan naturalism of the early 1900s and the hyperrealism of the 1980 His ability to lend dimension and patronizing free empathy to the hustlers and con artists of West Side Chicago, while inverting cops from would be saviors into wretched guilt ridden philosophers, makes this book a forerunner to works as diverse in genre as the literary nonficiton In Cold Blood , the songs of Lou Reed The Velvet Undergro [...]

    15. The Literary Chick on said:

      Beautifully written, deals with tragic, depressing subject matters in a poetically artistic way Sad and bleak, was very glad to have finally finished this one just to escape the world it put me in Will never be able to forget it Think Selby via Faulkner, with a bit of Dostoyevsky, Hugo, and Tennessee Williams mixed in Subject matter and conclusion may be too much for many.

    16. Corey on said:

      I m ashamed to say I only got halfway through this It felt so claustrophobic that I threw it to the floor and ran outside in my underwear To Algren s fans everywhere I offer sincere regrets I admired what I read but I didn t want to read any.

    17. Rayroy on said:

      After the Second World War many American veterans came back from the war with a life full of prosperity, but not poor doomed Frankie Machine Majcinek, his deck of cards did not hold the American Dream, a dream that s unreachable for far too many, a great lie.

    18. Sophie on said:

      Blackmail and terrorism, incest and pauperism, embezzlement and horse theft, tampering and procuring, abduction and quackery, adultery and mackery That was the way things were because that was how things had always been Which was why they could never be any different He s like me, Frankie explained, never drinks Unless he s alone or with somebody Faces bloody as raw pork ground slowly in the great city s grinder faces like burst white bags, one with eyes like some dying hen s and one as bold as [...]

    19. Rob on said:

      Essential Chicago reading Bleak, to be sure, but fair Why has no one opened a bar called the Tug Maul

    20. Lee Foust on said:

      It s rough, it s sloppy, it s poetic, meandering, even I think contradictory at one point, and ultimately exquisitely sad and utterly beautiful Particularly effecting here is the mix of cynicism with vulnerability, making this novel maybe the finest depiction of that human condition in which we re always bleeding and always finding novel ways to stem the blood flow by pretending it doesn t hurt that much, by ridiculing the pain as if we don t feel it at all.My first Algren, I can t wait to read [...]

    21. David on said:

      Neon Wilderness, Algren s book of short stories, was great So I dived really deep into the Man with the Golden Arm I got a 50th anniversary copy of the book with reflections from Algren s friends and literary criticism of the book and I facilitated an online Facebook discussion of the book for which I reread the first part to get the story clear in my head This book felt like an unsung classic and had a unique fatalistic spirit that I have never encountered before.As with Neon Wilderness the Gol [...]

    22. Jim on said:

      If Thomas Wolfe wrote pulp fiction, it would look like this gritty streets and their demimonde presented with fullbore noirish prose and over the top descriptions I wanted to love the book, as it nailed a sense of place and I thought the characters were great though oddly, Frankie Machine was the weakest of the lot, usually an amateur s mistake of seeing the story though a protagonist s eyes The florid description, which originally seemed economical and powerful in the service of description, su [...]

    23. Printable Tire on said:

      A favorite Skip the movie Or better yet, read my review of the movie The Man with the Golden Arm the movie is a decent career vehicle for Frank Sinatra, but fails abysmally as a good adaptation of a fantastic book You always hear about how books are changed when they are made into films things are cut out, dumbed down, etc Well, you can t even say they changed anything with the movie they just told a completely different story The characters and setting are the same, sure but not the ambiguous c [...]

    24. David Gallin-Parisi on said:

      Like drinking a sunrise out of a paper bag, a favorite quote of a friend which describes The Man with the Golden Arm This book is like slowly sipping on a ragged sunrise, a very north rising sunrise, blotted out by snow and neon signs, taking a long time to sweep upward Algren does include few passages that drag a tiny bit I noticed whenever I felt the pace slowing down, that I switched my focus from the character s jazzy verbage to the precise details of light, loneliness, and despair rendered [...]

    25. Shai on said:

      Algren s story takes place in the dark underworld of sub class addicts con artists, thieves, prostitutes, alcoholics, drug addicts, people who s voices are never heard, dehumanized, non existent, yet trudging somewhere in our backyard of Chicago Ironic how in the world of high rolling finance, these same addicts are all too real and commonplace I read Algren years ago, yet Man With the Golden Arm remains on the bookshelf of my favorite works of fiction His characters were all too real, a voice a [...]

    26. Jim B on said:

      It was hard for me to rate this classic.From the start, Nelson Algren s words are inventive, creative, fresh even almost 50 years later , and memorable If I rated books on writing style, this would be a 5 star book No surprise that this book was the first winner of the National Book Award If everyone has a book inside of him, this was Algren s great creation Algren must have been a keen observer and had a sharp ear for the people he writes about Looking at his biography, between where he lived i [...]

    27. John Defrog on said:

      First of all, forget about the Sinatra film, because that version bears little resemblance to the source Algren s story of heroin addict Frankie Machine, who makes a living dealing cards at illegal poker games, is a grim portrait of drunks, shoplifters and lowlifes in a Chicago slum Similar to Algren s A Walk on the Wild Side, Frankie serves as a centerpiece for Algren to showcase the variety of characters that populate his world, and wax lyrical about their dehumanized existence Crucially, Alg [...]

    28. Kirk Smith on said:

      I read A Walk On The Wild Side about a year ago and liked it well enough that I thought I should read by Algren I no longer feel that way You could pull about 100 pages of storyline from this book and make a pretty good screenplay That is exactly what was done, and Frank Sinatra s role in the film by that title was one of Frank s most powerful and well executed roles Watch the movie, throw the book in the garbage So we have 100 pages of value, and 243 pages of drivel, absolute tripe This book h [...]

    29. Jeff on said:

      This book seems like a natural for me, I m surprised I did not get to it sooner, but it never grabbed me.For one, I thought the drug use would be a major emphasis of the book It was a larger factor in the second half, but in the first half the drug theme only made sporadic appearances After finishing the book I found out why the original draft of this novel didn t involve drugs at all but Algren added it later after his publisher said the book needed another dimension.I don t mind a dose of heav [...]

    30. William Thomas on said:

      I honestly don t know how the book could have been better It reminded me of Winesburg, Ohio, only updated and grittier, without all of the propriety that sherwood bogged down his stories with instead it moves like a jimmy cagney movie, dialogue exploding and the narration, the story, moving like liquid with amazing words of wisdom and deep beauty injected every so often, but not enough to impose the writer s will, not enough to be as forceful as the hustlers and crooks in the book the book is fl [...]

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