Pimp: The Story of My Life
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Format: Textbook Mass Market Paperback
Publisher: Holloway House Publishing Company
by Iceberg Slim (aka Robert Beck)
Hello All. Now, my friend Gwen hipped me to Iceberg Slim. First, with his book, Mama Black Widow and now Pimp. I didn't know what to expect, but I knew that it would be in-you-face reality. I got that and more. Pimp: The Story Of My Life is brutally honest and it seems to wallow on the dark, ugly side of human nature. It's definitely not for the weak-stomach, illusion-preferred-having people. This is about the other side of reality that many of us, by the Grace Of God, will only encounter in a book, such as Pimp.
Pimp covers the life of Iceberg Slim, from his early childhood to his first stint in prison to his rise and fall as a pimp. Simp opens the door and a window to the seedy side of town. He goes into details of how to "turn" a woman to become a prostitute, his relationship to the women in his "stable", rules in the unwritten book of pimping, and even gives a brief history of the black pimp. But, the most dangerous is his insight into human nature. It's not pretty, not by any stretch of the imagination.
I was captivated. I felt like a kid reading Hustler in the middle of the night, under the covers with a flashlight. For it seemed that I was reading and learning things that I shouldn't. Let's face, it disturb the devil out of me.
The only element about the narrative of the book is the fact that Slim used slang throughout it. Normally, I wouldn't mind it, but you must realize that the slang he used are words that was used almost 60 years ago. Yep, a history lesson unto itself. Eventually, I caught on, but it took a while.
Pimp is indeed powerful. Years ago I heard that there was a possibility that some people in Hollywood was thinking about making Pimp into a movie. It could be done. But the only problem is...who would play Iceberg Slim?