- Taschenbuch: 400 Seiten
- Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: Vintage Intl (13. Juni 2000)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0375707549
- ISBN-13: 978-0375707544
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,2 x 2,3 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 19 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 3.148.867 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Juneteenth: A Novel (Vintage International) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 13. Juni 2000
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"[A] vastly ambitious informing allegory, an allegory made rich, as in Invisible man, with the sensory details of which Ellison was such a master." -The New York Review of Books
"[A] stunning achievement.... Juneteenth is a tour de force of untutored eloquence. Ellison sought no less than to create a Book of Blackness, a literary composition of the tradition at its most sublime and fundamental." -Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Time
"Juneteenth...threatens to come as close as any since Huckleberry Finn to grabbing the ring of the great American Novel." -Los Angeles Times
"[A]n extraordinary book, a work of staggering virtuosity. With its publication, a giant world of literature has just grown twice as tall."--"Newsday
From Ralph Ellison--author of the classic novel of African-American experience, Invisible Man--the long-awaited second novel. Here is the master of American vernacular--the rhythms of jazz and gospel and ordinary speech--at the height of his powers, telling a powerful, evocative tale of a prodigal of the twentieth century.
"Tell me what happened while there's still time," demands the dying Senator Adam Sunraider to the itinerate Negro preacher whom he calls Daddy Hickman. As a young man, Sunraider was Bliss, an orphan taken in by Hickman and raised to be a preacher like himself. Bliss's history encompasses the joys of young southern boyhood; bucolic days as a filmmaker, lovemaking in a field in the Oklahoma sun. And behind it all lies a mystery: how did this chosen child become the man who would deny everything to achieve his goals? Brilliantly crafted, moving, wise, Juneteenth is the work of an American master.
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Ellison's literary executor, John F. Callahan, has presented us with a severely edited version of Ellison's discursive and unfinished novel; of the eight portions that Ellison published in his lifetime, only four are in the version presented here. This should not deter us: although the present text presents only one narrative thread of what was evidently intended as a wide-ranging, multi-voiced text, what we have is tremendously good. Ellison's tale of Senator Sunraider, a race-baiting politician who was in fact raised as a light-skinned black in rural Georgia in the first decades of the century, is at once a satire (at times extremely funny), an engaging tale, and a meditation on the nature of black identity in America that, even incomplete, is more compelling than almost anything else I have seen written on the subject.
However, after trudging through the first three chapters, I was so dissappointed that I did not even finish the book. The author switches from the present, to the past, to the distant past in the blink of an eye without informing the reader of where he's going or why. In chapter two I believe, the majority of it is a political soliloquy that is uninteresting and uninspired. I mean, had I actually had the chance to know the character speaking, then I might have been interested in reading what he had to say. As it is, the characters were not developed in a manner in which I would have liked.
Granted, perhaps my perspective would be different had I read the whole book. But it was so uninteresting that i'd much rather regrout my bathroom than read this book.
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