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The Man With the Golden Arm
Frankie Machine, a veteran of the Second World War, returns to Chicago's Northwest side with a morphine habit. Nicknamed the 'kid with the golden arm', Frankie is an aspiring drummer by day and an illicit card-dealer by night. In Molly, an old flame, he sees the chance for redemption, for hard work and success - but the demons that chase Frankie are not quite ready to let go.Nelson Algren's critically acclaimed and enormously powerful novel probes the lives of the displaced and dispossessed of post-war America.
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This is a man writing and you should not read it if you cannot take a punch . . .Mr Algren can hit with both hands and move around and he will kill you if you are not awfully careful . . . Mr Algren, boy, you are good -- Ernest Hemingway Powerful, grisly, antic, horrifying, poetic, compassionate . . . [there is] virtually nothing more that one could ask * * New York Times Book Review * * The finest American novel published since the war * * Washington Post * * A classic portrayal . . . stylish, atmospheric and moving * * Independent on Sunday * * A true novelist's triumph * * Time * * Profound * * Guardian * *