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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 *