Title: Requiem for a Dream
Author: Hubert Selby, Jr.
Pages: EBook - 223
Summary: This story follows the lives of Harry, Marion, Tyrone, and Sara, who are all searching for the key to their dreams, and in the process, they get flung into a devastating life of addiction. Harry and Marion are in love and Tyrone is their friend. Sara is Harry’s lonely, widowed mother. Sara’s dream is to be on television, and when a phone call from a casting company gets her hopes up, she spends the next few months on diet pills to lose weight. She becomes addicted and delirious, ends up in the hospital, and undergoes electroconvulsive therapy. Harry, Marion and Tyrone are heroin addicts who decide to make money by buying some uncut heroin and selling it. Harry and Tyrone end up in jail, where Harry's infected arm is amputated. Marion, left alone, begins a life of prostitution to get drugs.
My Rating: 5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: I knew going into the book it would be one that was iffy for me. The reason why I picked it up was because it was on the 1001 books to read before you die list, and I have randomly picked a group of books on that list to expand my reading comfort zones solely on things such as title - hence why I picked this one.
It wasn't a bad book, very well written and the author show cases a group of lost people, trying to achieve a goal, a dream in their lives which is very important to them. They're self destructive in their attempt to reach their goals as all the main characters are affected by multiple addictions and desperate attempts to reach their goals. In this regard, it was a good book as the author showed the reader just how desperate people get, how addiction destroys lives and all it's horrible consequences.
Yet despite it being a well written book, I still wasn't sold. I really couldn't get into the book so heavy with drug addiction, - it just wasn't my cup of tea, the book is well done, but the topic just didn't catch me which prevented me from enjoying it. But it did get me to experience an author and book I wouldn't normally have tried.
Would I recommend it to read: I'm not sure. The book does, what the author intended to. It tells a good story, it just wasn't the topic I enjoyed. I think a lot of readers may enjoy the story, but it wasn't for me
What to read next: I'm not sure - I wasn't the biggest fan of the book. But I'd be willing to try the author out again.
Challenges: 12 in 12, 100+ Challenge, 1001 Books Challenge, Alphabet Challenge, EBook Challenge, New Author Challenge