Book Review: Pimp

August 19, 2010

This is a review from my Favorite Books list; the link from which will be also on the Books Page.

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“You can’t convince me I can’t pimp here. I can get my share of pussys to peddle.”

I started this book once in the past and vetoed it; I must have had a great read on deck to have done that. Pimp reads like any great first-person narrative: swiftly and in chunks.

Iceberg Slim tells his life’s story straight-up with no hyperbole, no asides, no preaching and no regret. Iceberg’s greatest asset — from figuring what he needed to learn about the pimp game and from whom, to maintaining his sanity while being locked in a 7×7 cell for ten months — was always his mind.

Iceberg Slim, contrary to reputation, was probably not the greatest pimp in the history of the game. And there are surely people in mankind’s history who have led even more eventful lives than Robert Beck (gov’t name). But there are not many who can put their experiences into words and paint pictures on minds like Iceberg has.

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