Raised by Wolves
The Turbulent Art and Times of Quentin Tarantino
By Jerome Charyn
(Da Capo Press, Paperback, 9781560258582, 240pp.)
Publication Date: May 2006
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When Quentin Tarantino was eight years old, and all the regular kids were lining up to see the latest from Disney, Tarantino’s mother took him to see Carnal Knowledge. Sound about right?
A high-school dropout who never attended film school, Tarantino got all the education he needed while working the register at Los Angeles’s fabled Video Archives. His enthusiasms for pop culture (foreign and domestic), eye-popping aesthetics, and genre films would become notorious and infectious. The outrageous success of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction essentially killed off Tarantino the man, and gave birth to Tarantino the myth.
Here, from legendary novelist and historian Jerome Charyn, is a portrait of both the man AND the myth and the mind behind them both. More than a biography, more than a critical study, Raised by Wolves is a feisty and astute reckoning with Tarantino en toto.
Jerome Charyn was born in the Bronx in 1937. His novel The Green Lantern was one of the five finalists for the 2005 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and he is the author of more than thirty books. A film professor as well as a novelist and essayist, he is currently Distinguished Professor of Film Studies at the American University of Paris.