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Web of the City Lib/E CD de áudio – CD, 7 julho 2015
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Get it straight right now: these aren't kids playing games of war. They mean business. They are junior-grade killers and public enemies one through five thousand.
In Rusty Santoro's neighborhood, the kids carry knives, chains, bricks, and broken glass. And when they fight, they fight dirty, leaving the streets littered with the bodies of the injured and the dead. Rusty wants out-but you can't just walk away from a New York street gang. And his decision may leave his family to pay a terrible price.
First published more than half a century ago and inspired by the author's real-life experience going undercover inside a street gang, Web of the City was Harlan Ellison's first novel and marked the long-form debut of one of the most electrifying, unforgettable, and controversial voices of twentieth-century letters. Appearing here with the short story No Game for Children, which Ellison wrote for the pulp magazines of the 1950s, Web of the City offers both a snapshot of a lost era and a portrait of violence and grief as timely as today's most brutal headlines. Includes an introduction read by the author.
Also includes the 1959 short story No Game for Children
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Claire Bloom, CBE, is an English film and stage actress, known for leading roles in plays such as Streetcar Named Desire, A Doll's House, and Long Day's Journey into Night, along with nearly sixty films and countless television roles, during a career spanning over six decades. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 Queen's birthday honors for services to drama.
Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014, and was named one of AudioFile's Golden Voices in 2012.
Harlan Ellison has written or edited more than 120 books and more than 1,700 stories, essays, and articles, as well as dozens of screenplays and teleplays. He has won numerous awards, including the Edgar Award, Hugo Award, an Audie Award for Best Solo Narration, and his fifth Nebula Award, breaking genre records. Ellison was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2006. He lives in California.
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- Editora : Skyboat Media; Unabridged edição (7 julho 2015)
- Idioma : Inglês
- ISBN-10 : 1504638387
- ISBN-13 : 978-1504638388
- Dimensões : 16.51 x 3.05 x 15.49 cm
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Das Buch ist im Stile der Pulps geschrieben und lässt kein allzu großes literarisches Engagement erkennen. Die Figuren sind klischeehaft und holzschnittartig beschrieben, der Inhalt trieft vor juvenilem Pathos.
Rusty, der Held des Romans, der in den 50er Jahren in der Bronx angesiedelt ist, möchte aus einer kriminellen Jugendgang, den Cougars, aussteigen. Wie schwierig sich dieses gestaltet, ist aus zeitgenössischen Filmen bekannt und das Motiv ist bis heute beliebt, wenn sich auch Lokalkolorit und Moden geändert haben. Ellisson beschreibt das Gangleben sicherlich recht authentisch, allerdings ohne nennenswerten literarischen Gestaltungswillen.
Auch wenn es sich um einen recht harten Krimi handelt, habe ich als heutiger Leser immer wieder Bilder aus der „West Side Story“ vor Augen gehabt. Das Buch ist einfach in die Jahre gekommen und hat im Gegensatz zu manch anderem darunter arg gelitten.
Die Ausgabe in der Hard Case Crime-Reihe ist gleichwohl zu loben. Das Cover von Glen Orbik ist stilecht und für Pulp-Fans schon kaufentscheidend. Außerdem hat Titan Books dem Roman ein kurzes aber lesenswertes Vorwort des Autors vorangestellt und im Anhang noch drei Geschichten draufgegeben, die Harlan Ellison aus dem Material zu WEB OF THE CITY extrahiert und in verschiedenen Zeitschriften veröffentlicht hat.
Web of The City is the real West Side Story without the singing and the dancing. Puerto Rican Rusty Santoro tries to leave his gang, the Cougars, and finds it's harder than getting off the AARP mailing list.
Fans of Ellison know that he can write with one hand tied behind his back but in this book it becomes apparent that the man had no learning curve. Back in the early `50s with this, his first published book, he hit the ground running with his bad-boy, hard hitting, in-your-face style of lit.
The realism he's crafted in Web of The City makes it a difficult read; the world of gangs is ugly and brutal. It' difficult to comprehend that this setting and chronology where Ellison has placed Rusty Santoro is in the hidden underbelly of America's Golden Age of Ozzie and Harriet. Read it and weep readers: I did.
Although Ellison reportedly joined a gang to research this novel, the characters and situations are impossible to believe. It seems to be drawn from early 1950s magazine articles on the horror of youth culture, but with more unpleasant violence than would be allowed by mainstream publishers. The book's attempts to shock are transparent. Even worse are the attempt to make the characters cool, which are pathetic.
Three short stories are included. No Way Out is taken verbatim from novel, with a different ending pasted on. It works better in that format, but it's still not very good. No Game for Children is also a so-so short story. It's no better than No Way Out, but more interesting as it's possible to see some early Ellison style. Stand Still and Die is the best of the three, although the protagonist is such an idiot and the ending confrontation so silly that doesn't rise to the level of good.
I don't understand why Hard Case decided to reprint this where there is so much great out-of-print crime fiction from the same era. Actually, I do understand, they figured correctly that the author's name would sell some books. But I think they'll lose more by tarnishing their brand than they'll gain by sales.
In any event, read it at your own risk.
Harlan rather famously infiltrated a real-life Brooklyn street gang at the age of 21 to do research for several short stories and this novel. The result was perhaps some of the most authentic examples of juvenile delinquent pulp fiction ever written. (This was a short-lived sub-genre of the pulps, intended to excite younger readers and shock adults with lurid depictions of teenage violence.)
In addition to this novel, Ellison's street gang short stories were collected in The Deadly Streets (1958), Children of the Streets (1961), Gentleman Junkie and Other Stories of the Hung-Up Generation (1961). He also published a nonfiction autobiographical account of this time in his life, Memos from Purgatory (1961).
This book deserves recognition for jumpstarting the career of a writer who would later go on to revolutionize the field of science fiction, but the truth is it's not very good on its own merit. Ellison has always had a verbose, bombastic, and sometimes almost lyrical quality to his voice. It works great in high concept stories like "Repent, Harlequin, Said the Ticktockman" and "I Have Mouth & I Must Scream", but it fits neither the tone nor pacing of a suspense novel. The detective/mystery elements of the plot were handled amateurishly. While Ellison may have nailed the social aspects of 1950's street gangs, he clearly did not understand drug culture--the effects of narcotics, the economics of the trade, etc.
I would recommend this book only to hardcore Ellison fans who want to see how his career started.