Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 8 mar. 2016 - 464 pagini
Luc Sante's Low Life is a portrait of America's greatest city, the riotous and anarchic breeding ground of modernity.
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In our time prostitutes walk where prostitutes walked a hundred years ago; the homeless are camped on the sites of nineteenth-century shantytowns; street peddlers pitch their wares in spots that once saw pushcart lineups or thieves' ...
... which was substantial, though its dives, concert saloons, and gambling hells had a bit more tone than those on the side streets, and in spite of the periodic order to beat cops that they reroute open prostitution from its sidewalks.
Naturally, some halted there and never left, falling into the mire of drinking or prostitution or getting themselves murdered for their boots or maimed for their good looks. Very early, the Bowery acquired a reputation as the last stop ...
They were not used much except in winter, but then they were often wildly crowded; they also possessed the distinction of being among the few temporary lodgings open to women who were not actively or passively prostitutes.
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LibraryThing ReviewComentariu Utilizator - kapheine - LibraryThing
There were a handful of interesting parts, but a lot of it turned into a laundry list of names. Once I decided to start skipping over parts that went too far down into details I started enjoying it a little more. Citește recenzia completă
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It took me much longer than it should have to finish this book, because I was constantly putting it down to look up people on Wikipedia or to track down referenced books on Project Gutenberg or ... Citește recenzia completă