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This book Down These Mean Streets is a classic confessional autobiography This book was first published in 1967 It was written by Piri Thomas he was a man of African descent living in Spanish Harlem It relates how he was lost even within his own family and his identity through drugs street fighting and armed robbery nearly becoming yet another statistic by the age of twenty two In this book it tells all about the persons life It tells how he has suffered through his life time and what he has been through He has been through alot he has gone from his hometown in Harlem to Suburbia Down South Prison and the New York Town It all started out being a child and he had done a few things that made his father hit him He has been saying that Poppa wont hit me again He lived in a town called Harlem He was down by Park Avenue and Harlem Park Avenue it was a scary place Especially the dirty stone trestle of the New York Central that was right down the middle of the avenue making long sloomy tunnels at each street corner He feared death The reason he feared death was when he once had a bully that lived by the gutter who was more dangerous than they knew him to be His name was Dopey he was a kid that always was drooling at his mouth One day someone had told him to drink dirty street water and that set him off to the City Hospital Then the next time they saw Dopey was when he was changed he did not look droopy at all he looked like an ordinary person except dead They traveled alot they were at on 114th street
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