If He Hollers Let Him Go - Serpent's Tail Classics (Paperback)
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If He Hollers Let Him Go - Serpent's Tail Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages
Published: 14/01/2016
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Robert Jones is a crew leader in a naval shipyard in Los Angeles in the 1940s. He should have a lot going for him, being educated, with a steady job and a steady relationship. But in the four days covered in this novel, the impossibility of life as a black man in a white world is made devastatingly clear.

Jones is surrounded by prejudice, suspicion and paranoia, and his daily experiences influence his thoughts, dreams and behaviour. Immediately recognised as a masterful expose of racism in everyday life, If He Hollers Let Him Go is Chester Himes' first book, originally published in 1945.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781781255667
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 190 g
Dimensions: 194 x 126 x 18 mm
Edition: Main - Classic edition


MEDIA REVIEWS

Youthful, insulting, risky, brash, bad-assed, revolutionary, violent, and struts about as if to say, here come cocky Chester Himes, you litterateurs, and I hope you don't like it - Ishmael Reed

The greatest, most brutally powerful novel of the best black novelist of his generation - Chicago Tribune

Hard and fast and sure - New York Review of Books

Relentless, gripping, classic novel, one of the most powerful exposés of what it is like to be black in America - LA Times

One of the most important American writers of the twentieth century ... [a] quirky American genius - Walter Mosley

Himes never soft-pedaled his disdain for the systemic racism of the day or for black integrationists, whom he referred to as "whining beggars" ... One hundred years after his birth, for better and for worse, the great Chester Himes remains nearly one of a kind - John Ridley, Emmy Award winning writer and commentator, Huffington Post

With his first novel, Chester Himes secured his place in the vanguard of the emerging young black writers of his time who were honestly detailing the rigors of black life in America ... If He Hollers Let Him Go is a masterpiece for its bitter and honest portrayal of the life of a normal black man in America - Barnes & Noble

[Himes] taught me the difference between a black detective and Sherlock Holmes - Ishmael Reed

America's central American black writer - James Sallis

A howling rage of a novel... an uncomfortable and challenging read. - The Big Issue

Brutal - The Times

Chester Himes is the great lost crime writer, as well a great American dissident novelist per se, and an essential witness to his times. Every one of his beyond-cool Harlem novels is cherished by every reader who finds it - Jonathan Lethem

One of the most dazzlingly pissed-off books we have ever read... an enraged existentialist romp across LA... a wildly compelling window into the tormented black soul of America in the mid-20th century. You didn't realise it, but it turns out you really need to read it. - Stuart Hammond, Dazed and Confused

A compulsive read. It has the quality of a Greek tragedy in which the terrible fate of the hero is a foregone conclusion. - John Green, Morning Star

A striking debut - Geoff St Louis, Time Out

A noir masterpiece... its message is still urgent. - Bookanista

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