The most notorious of the stories in Last Exit is that of the young prostitute, Tralala . Born into Brooklyn’s underclass, she makes a living rolling. Hubert Selby did a brilliant fictional treatment of gang rape in “Last Exit to Brooklyn.” Tralala, a young bar hooker down on her luck, returns to her old as fact (see the excerpt from her book located here for an example.). Here’s a brief extract from a chapter called “Tralala” in Last Exit. Tralala is a year-old hooker who works out of a scumbag Brooklyn bar.

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I had at some point in the past started to read Hugh Selby Jr. On reading it now, I am almost shocked at how powerfully it affected me.

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These days there are many collections of short stories tralqla seek lasf create a hybrid of the novel and the story collection by focusing on a single character or location, or by trimming the narrative arc associated with novels through cutting up an underlying narrative into what might be called story-bits.


If I had to label it either novel or story collection I would probably choose the latter, but that would still be misleading.

The book has a unity of tone, style, and setting that in some ways makes it almost unique, at least in my reading. Tralala was 15 the first time she was laid. There was no real passion. She hungout in the Greeks with the other neighborhood kids.

Listen to the jukebox. Tony or Vinnie or whoever it was just continued.

Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hugh Selby, Jr.

They all met later at the exit. They grinned at each other.

The guys felt chaptrr sharp. The girls walked in front and talked about it. They giggled and alluded. Tralala shrugged her shoulders. Getting laid was getting laid.

Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hugh Selby, Jr. | Quarterly Conversation

One feels in reading Last Exit to Brooklyn that Selby has exjt fitted style to character and situation, the unpretentious language being necessary for depicting the almost primal conditions in which the characters live. A Girl of the Streets comes to mind.


Last Exit to Brooklyn was of course very controversial upon its publication inand its brutally frank treatment of both transvestitism specifically and homosexuality in general was no doubt its most controversial feature.

But these characters are really just emblematic of the kind of character—largely neglected in American fiction at the time—Selby wishes to portray: Review by Dan Green. Who Was David Foster Wallace? Part of me believes that it is his nonfiction that will be predominantly read in the years ahea From Johannesburg to New York Whether The Exploded View is a novel in four parts or a collection of four longish stories is a