Legs

Paperback | January 27, 1983

byWilliam Kennedy

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Legs, the inaugural book in William Kennedy’s acclaimed Albany cycle of novels, brilliantly evokes the flamboyant career of gangster Jack “Legs” Diamond.  Through the equivocal eyes of Diamond’s attorney, Marcus Gorman (who scraps a promising political career for the more elemental excitement of the criminal underworld), we watch as Legs and his showgirl mistress, Kiki Roberts, blaze their gaudy trail across the tabloid pages of the 1920s and 1930s.

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Legs, the inaugural book in William Kennedy’s acclaimed Albany cycle of novels, brilliantly evokes the flamboyant career of gangster Jack “Legs” Diamond.  Through the equivocal eyes of Diamond’s attorney, Marcus Gorman (who scraps a promising political career for the more elemental excitement of the criminal underworld), we watch as Le...

William Kennedy, author, screenwriter and playwright, was born and raised in Albany, New York. Kennedy brought his native city to literary life in many of his works. The Albany cycle, includes Legs, Billy Phelan's Greatest Game, and the Pulitzer Prize winning Ironweed.The versatile Kennedy wrote the screenplay for Ironweed, the play Gr...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:January 27, 1983Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140064842

ISBN - 13:9780140064841

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Greed Is The Enemy To avoid any mix ups I did read a book with the same tittle as this book, How aver they had different writers, and a different subject matter. This book mostly takes place in Albany New York, New Jersey, and the Catskills, in the 1920's and 1930's. The main player in is a Gangster by the name of, Jack Diamond. As so Many others in this line of work, Jack is a victim of his own greed. He barrows money from a another gangster, but refuses to pay back the money he barrows, after he comes home from a trip to Europe, which turns out not so well for Jack. Jacks lawyer Marcus gets him out of trouble more often than a alcoholic drinks. I must say that most of stories in this book are realistic. In fact the only exception I can think of involves a enemy of Jack's known as Goose. And the ending of this book had to much of a mystic feel to it for my taste. This book could have used foot notes. The writer uses expression that people used in that time period. Lucky for me I read a lot about that time period so that was not a major problem for me. Also he mentions people who were famous then, but not today. So I take it that all you reading this review, can see why I feel this book could have used foot notes. Please note that I left out details so I would not spoil the book for any one who reads the book in the future. Even with this books short coming, it is still very much worth reading. for what it's worth, I don't how a book could win a Pulitzer prize, ( Even if it was the 1970's ) and yet only one person writes a review. In this case me.
Date published: 2011-01-28

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Editorial Reviews

“Dynamite . . . Legs is what a novel is supposed to be.”
The Washington Post Book World

“The best novel about a criminal legend I’ve ever read.”
– Hunter S. Thompson

“A brilliant novel, a truly creative piece of work . . . like any real artist, Kennedy takes what is really a sordid, vulgar reality and turns it into a human tragedy.”
– Mario Puzo