Friday, 1 October 2010

Iceberg Slim's Pimp


Reading Iceberg Slim is like watching Sweet Sweetback's Badass Song (1971) it’s hard work but rewarding nonetheless.

Pimp is the true story of the author’s twenty plus years in the profession, including a graphic and disturbing description of how he got in the Game. Slim’s voice is authentically raw and engaging. The plot is revealed honestly and the recurrent periods of graphic abuse are very hard to digest especially as your loyalties and conscience pull you away from the narrator. Ultimately though, redemption is the beating heart of the book and what you are left with is an irrefutable sense of empathy for the author.

Pimp a big black slice of rotten American pie, a compelling insight into black culture and an uncompromising journal of aspiration, deflation and salvation.

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