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by Malcolm Braly

  • ISBN: 0722118376
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Malcolm Braly
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
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  • Publisher: Sphere (1969)
  • Pages: 315 pages
  • FB2 size: 1411 kb
  • EPUB size: 1775 kb
  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 206
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MALCOLM BRALY (1925–1980) was born in Portland, Oregon. He lives in Brooklyn and Toronto. Introduction by. JONATHAN LETHEM.

MALCOLM BRALY (1925–1980) was born in Portland, Oregon. Abandoned by his parents, Braly lived between foster homes and institutions for delinquent children, and by the time he was forty had spent.

Braly spent most of his adult life in prison and wrote several novels while he was still in, and worked on "On the Yard" after his release. It's so great, it's hard to know where to begin. Multiple character arcs spiral around the black vortices of Chilly Willy, yard king, the Barksdale/Kingpin of San Quentin, who controls the trade in drugs and cigarettes; Juleson, mild- Easily the best novel I've read in a long time, and probably one of the best American novels I've ever read.

Malcolm Braly, writing from the prison yard, has a refreshing and unusual voice that often lifts itself to pure poetry. The compelling plot combined with excellent writing made On The Yard the book I recommend over and over. The novel has a prominent place on my bookshelf. It's very anecdotal with no true main character (or at least if there is one, he's killed), but all of the portraits are fascinating and human. If we can judge any of them to be Braly, I would guess it's the character of Nunn, who is sent to prison time and again for the most ridiculous of reasons, who has a fatalist view of life and, what keeps him alive, a nose for true irony.

The Hit’s knees buckled and the book slipped from his hand and dropped to the floor.

The Hit’s knees buckled and the book slipped from his hand and dropped to the floor the weight of his body. Stick hit him twice more, knocking him loose. He fell full length, and, except for the twitching of his legs, lay quiet. This happened in less than three seconds.

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Malcolm Braly (July 25, 1925 – April 7, 1980) was an American author born in Portland, Oregon. He spent much of his life in and out of various prisons, including Folsom Prison and San Quentin, before earning recognition as an author after his final release from prison in 1965. His most acclaimed novel, On the Yard, was first published in 1967, and adapted to film in 1979.

At its center are the violently intertwined stories of Chilly Willy, in trouble with the law from his earliest years and now the head of the prison's flourishing black market in drugs and sex, and of Paul, wracked with guilt for the murder of his wife and desperate for some kind of redemption.

Introduction by jonathan lethem. MALCOLM BRALY (1925–1980) was born in Portland, Oregon. Abandoned by his parents, Braly lived between foster homes and institutions for delinquent children, and by the time he was forty had spent nearly seventeen years in prison for burglary, serving time at Nevada State Prison, San Quentin, and Folsom State Prison

With arresting imagery, and captivating characterization, Braly, himself a long-time con, leads us on a labyrinthine tour of the world behind the walls

With arresting imagery, and captivating characterization, Braly, himself a long-time con, leads us on a labyrinthine tour of the world behind the walls. His powers of empathy render every character as a tormeted, struggling, human soul. The classic american prison novel? Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 17 years ago. Today, in America, we take it for granted if you do something wrong and get caught your going to the big house.


Reviews about On the yard (7):
Shomeshet
Malcolm Braly, writing from the prison yard, has a refreshing and unusual voice that often lifts itself to pure poetry. It's very anecdotal with no true main character (or at least if there is one, he's killed), but all of the portraits are fascinating and human. If we can judge any of them to be Braly, I would guess it's the character of Nunn, who is sent to prison time and again for the most ridiculous of reasons, who has a fatalist view of life and, what keeps him alive, a nose for true irony. The language is pure street and the novel rattles and rolls like a jazz impressionist.
Keth
Braly had the great writer's expertise in character development. I've never read a novel so rich in detail.. The compelling plot combined with excellent writing made On The Yard the book I recommend over and over. The novel has a prominent place on my bookshelf. Braly was gone all too soon and the literary world lost a great author.
Doomwarden
Excellent book! Prison is a scary place.
Sironynyr
Nearly as good as a non-fiction prison writing. I highly recommend it to everyone who likes this genre and more.
Xinetan
A great read!
Umsida
This is a wonderful book, very well written, with a great cast of characters. I recommend it highly!
Nothing personal
I love the imagery that the author creates, the way that Braly describes certain scenes in the book is brilliant. It may seem just like another book about prison, but the way Braly describes certain things make it that much more entertaining. It may seem choppy when you first start to read it but it is just setting up what's to happening.
Brothers K. it is not. Gives a very 50' vibe and is kind of grim. Ok but a bit amateur hour writing wise. Tough life, tough guy.

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