Goines takes the reader into the violent world of ghetto prostitution. Whoreson Jones, the novel’s hero, is the son of a beautiful black prostitute and an unknown white john. By the age of sixteen, he is a full-fledged pimp, cold-blooded and ruthless. Written in gritty street talk, Whoreson’s story affords a starling glimpse into the hell of the inner city, yet bristles with bitter humor and defiant pride.
“All those [other black] writers, no matter how well they dealt with black experience, appealed largely to an educated, middle-class, largely white readership. They brought news of one place to the residents of another. Goines’ novels, on the other hand , are written from ground zero. They are almost unbearable. It is not the educated voice of a writer who has, so to speak, risen above his background, it is the voice of the ghetto itself.” --Michael Covino The Village Voice
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(Tuesday, December 29, 2015)
if you're at all familiar with the lucrative lifestyle, this book will immediately draw your attention from beginning to end.