A Walk on the Wild Side

Nelson Algren

About the book

Dove Findhorn is a naive country boy who sets out from Hicksville, Texas to lead a better life in New Orleans. His quest reveals the grotesqueness of the American dream. With its depictions of the downtrodden prostitutes, bootleggers, and hustlers of Perdido Street in the old French Quarter of 1930s New Orleans, A Walk in the Wild Side has found a place in the imaginations of all generations since it first appeared. 

As Nelson Algren said, the book "wasn't written until long after it had been walked . . . I found my way to the streets on the other side of the Southern Pacific station, where the big jukes were singing something called 'Walking the Wild Side of Life.' I've stayed pretty much on that side of the curb ever since."

ISBN: 978-0-374-52532-3

New Orleans

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