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The Bialy Pimps (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Johnny B. Truant
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Life is good at Bingham's Bagel Deli. The loathed customers are dealt the poor treatment they seem to deserve, bad rap music is played loudly, and The Rat is killed often enough to stem his immortality. And the insane homeless regulars -- like drunken Little Johnny Redbeard -- keep life interesting.

But when a rival tricks the crew into thinking that the deli's closure is imminent, they do the only logical thing: instead of giving up, they decide to go out in a blaze of glory, handing their customers the humiliation and abuse that the pesky social contract had previously forbidden. But as insults turn to assaults and snide remarks turn to harassment and pro wrestling moves, a strange thing happens. Business goes up -- way up -- as people come back in droves, begging for more.

But the flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long, and as pop-culture welcomes the parody musical group "The Bialy Pimps" and its frivolous merchandising machine -- and as the crew pushes to see how much bad behavior society will accept -- the violent road to fame begins to feel like a runaway train, out of control and headed for destruction…

The Bialy Pimps is a tale that could only be spun by the twisted, vaguely profane mind of outspoken blogger Johnny B. Truant. Combining hilarity with questions about conformity and whether the tail or the dog is the one doing the wagging, this story can't help but raise a question for the reader: If the rest of your friends decided to submit to the Face-Kicking Machine, would you do it too?


Johnny B. Truant is a regular contributor to premier business blogs Copyblogger and Problogger, the director and MC of the Virtual Ticket program for Blogworld, the world’s preeminent blogging and new media conference, and the creator of The Badass Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating excuses and profiling people with disabilities who make most so-called “able-bodied” people look like total wimps.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 340 pages
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0078X2PJ6
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 What fun!! 23 octobre 2012
Par A. Rapin
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is a great read!! Very colourful characters, funny story with a background reflexion on society... That's how I took it. And I recommend it!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Like Fight Club, but stupid 30 mars 2012
Par Pace Smith - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is stupid.

It's about a bunch of slackers hanging out and being slackers. The plot oscillates between ridiculous and boring. (After all, it's about a bunch of slackers hanging out and being slackers.) The humor is, for the most part, puerile and sophomoric.

So why am I giving it a 5-star review?

Because I laughed SO HARD I could barely breathe. Tears streaming down my face, laughing so loud that my wife had to get up and leave the room so she could read her own book (which was far less funny). I laughed more while reading The Bialy Pimps than while reading Terry Pratchett's Snuff, and that's a damn funny book.

Because one point in the predominantly ridiculous/boring plot gave me chills all the way up my spine, and got me thinking about the nature of reality.

Because it's important. It's meaningful. In amongst all the silly stuff, there's a deep message. A diamond in the bagel pile. A twist that actually reminded me of Fight Club, but that impacted me even more because I wasn't expecting a diamond to be in the bagel pile.

The Bialy Pimps will live forever in my heart.

That's kind of embarrassing, kind of worrisome, and kind of TOTALLY AWESOME.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An absolute-definite must read 17 mars 2012
Par Leah McClellan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I was going to say The Bialy Pimps is like a lovely glass of wine, but I doubt the pimps would like that. Beer, maybe...but...meh. To hell with it; I'm going to say it.

The Bialy Pimps is like a glass of surprisingly fine wine. Not a cabernet sauvignon--too common. Maybe a bold, earthy pinot noir. A decadently rich gewürztraminer. At times I was sure it was a flamboyant, twenty-year port at once elegant, mysterious, and charming. Not too sweet, but rich and complex with layers and layers alternating between citrusy-spice and honey-vanilla-chocolaty-fruit spiked with suddenly shocking smoke and outbursts of indescribable hilarity that made me laugh until I cried.

Surprising because it's a first novel. Not-so-surprising coming from someone who already writes exceedingly well in another genre. But who knew there was an old vineyard behind the blog and the business?

Who knew what-all was lurking in Johnny B. Truant's portfolio? In The Bialy Pimps, we get a whiff of The Wizard of Oz as the pimps--a group of college students employed at a bagel deli in Columbus, Ohio--search for truth in a world where "people are stupid," stupid enough that they have to be warned to not eat packaging material and don't get it that Ed McMahon's sweepstakes is just a marketing machine that preys on people stupid enough to want to be preyed upon.

The pimps are restaurant workers fed up with rude customers and gone wild with a social experiment. It's ad-lib and out-of-control, but it's much like the Milgram experiment of the 60s in which the willingness of followers to obey orders of leaders--even when the orders are immoral or unethical to an extreme degree--was examined to understand human behavior, especially during times of war and particularly during the Holocaust.

How much voltage could the pimps deliver and how many shocks would the herds of deli customers not only endure, but welcome and pay for?

The irony is that the "experiment" isn't planned--the pimps just want the job without the customers, the customers who are "always right." But they can't get rid of them no matter how poorly they treat them, and the sudden success and celebrity of the run-down, rat-infested deli is brought on by the devious machinations of a sociopathic rival whose thin veneer of sanity is ready to crack at any moment.

We get hints of Dante's Inferno, Swift's Gulliver's Travels, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. A touch of the macabre and mentally unstable a la Stephen King. A note or two of Charlotte's Web and Mrs. Frisbee and the Rats of NIMH. Overtones of T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland and Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart.

George Orwell's 1984, in particular, is present in this existentially-angsty novel that goes far beyond teen angst. It's a mature, Zen angst, the real angst, the acknowledgement of mortality and knowing that "time can never stand still" and that "you have to appreciate things when you have them, and then let them go."

On the wrap up, one of the main characters, The Anarchist, muses, "I was following someone else's plan, too. I was stupid. I was a sheep....Now, I don't know where I'm going. That scares me, but I'll get over it. Life is too short to spend doing things that suck."

With so many diverse layers, multiple characters, and multifarious details pulled together over so many pages, it's remarkably well done, especially for a first novel. The language--vulgar to some, vernacular for Gen X-ers who spent any amount of time on college campuses or punkish scenes of the 80s or 90s--is captured perfectly. It's a coming-of-age novel, but it's more than that. It's social commentary from the unique perspective of the restaurant worker watching waves of humanity coming and going and witnessing unquestioned roles played out, roles not unlike that of ruler and servant, master and slave.

The pimps turn the roles around as they become the masters and the masters become the slaves--the light S&M scenes had me roaring until the tears rolled and my stomach ached. But even that doesn't satisfy, as The Anarchist notes:

"We thought we could wake up the world, but we ended up finding out that we were asleep, too. We didn't wake up others. But at least we woke up ourselves."

After laughing so hard, how could I possibly cry at the end? Johnny B. Truant has tapped into and drawn from the wells that all great writers draw from. The Bialy Pimps is one of those stories that just shouldn't end, so I started re-reading immediately to see what I`d missed, to savor the finer points.

Like a fine wine, you can't just have one sip. You've got to have another, but you won't forget the first. And after reading The Bialy Pimps, the only thing to do is hope there's going to be more.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Outrageous and Hilarious 27 février 2012
Par hbphd - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This book held me in a state of suspended disbelief the whole time. Just when I thought he couldn't come up with something more absurd to throw at the reader, Johnny did. But what else could I expect from johnnybtruant?

I laughed my butt off throughout this book. I found myself checking the % read a lot - wondering HOW and WHEN it was POSSIBLY going to end, and then, while I got to the 93% mark, mourning that it would.

The fact that Johnny sat on this book for ten plus years then churned it out so quickly is a testament to his brilliance.

I think this book is worth far more than the current asking price. I got it for free during the pre-launch, but would have gladly paid $3.99 (or more) for it.

Awesome read! Can't wait for the next one!!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Biased Opinion 29 février 2012
Par Peter Woodward - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I just finished reading the Bialy Pimps last night and it was a really enjoyable experience for a couple of reasons.

One is that Johnny B. Truant's writing is cut from very similar cloth as Christopher Moore's in that it is simultaneously engaging, profane, and very, very funny. The characters come alive through the realistic (and foul-mouthed) dialogue, and as ridiculous as many of the the plot points get they always seem to develop organically. The occasional shifts to supporting character points of view are another device that brings Moore to mind, and the intimate visits with some of the fringe characters were as entertaining as the rest of the story.

The other reason I loved this book is that I'm the basis for one of the characters in it. The Bialy Pimps is like a time machine back to my pseudo-slacker days between college and adulthood and as I read all of it came flooding back. While I can assure you that a large portion of this story is (obviously) fiction there are LOTS of events and conversations in this book that actually happened and I had just as many laughs reading them now as I did when they actually happened. One of the reasons that awful job was so wonderful was the people who have been characterized in this story, and being able to spend a little more time with (the fictional versions of) them was a lot of fun.

I'm relatively certain that this is not a book for everyone, but if you like chaotic, foul-mouthed, hilarious fiction with a side of bad, late-90's rap, you'll get a kick of the Bialy Pimps.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the funn(i)est books I've ever read 5 juin 2012
Par Joseph J. Smith - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I discovered Johnny B. Truant in the blogosphere, where he writes about things like kicking ass and being awesome. The Bialy Pimps must have taken his advice, because it is awesome and kicks ass while covering things such as coming-of-age and following your dreams. Truant's brilliance shines in the way he intertwines the seriousness of these issues with some of the most hilarious writing I've come across.

I would have given the book five stars, but it starts out too slowly for my liking.

I'm not as well-read as some people, but overall, The Bialy Pimps is one of the most entertaining books I've ever read. Ever.
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