Iceberg Slim Writing Styles in Pimp: The Story of My Life

Iceberg Slim
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Perspective

The entire book is told from the perspective of Iceberg Slim. From childhood to his retirement, Slim narrates the entire book. The other perspectives of the characters in the novel are not considered. The only time the reader learns their thoughts or feelings about a situation is through the dialogue they have with Slim.

Slim gives plenty of details about the situation, people and places he encounters. Through his descriptions, we learn what he is drawn to and what is important to him. When he first sees Sweet Jones, for example, his complete description of his car, his women and eventually his penthouse will convey that these material objects are what Slim respects about Sweet.

Tone

The style of the entire novel is the straightforward and simplistic style of an autobiography. The tone is unapologetic and fairly unemotional. In fact, after he beats Runt with a wire, he...

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